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Old 08-04-2010, 01:25 PM   #1941
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Default Wife Friendly Keezer

Ebay sourced glastender tower = $261.00
Lowes Holiday 5.3cu chest freezer = $198.00
Rockler casters = $50.00
Wood = $75
Stain/poly/brushes = $25
Total = $609 (I'm glad the wife doesn't read this forum)

Blending in with the kitchen and keeping said wife happy = priceless



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Old 08-04-2010, 01:36 PM   #1942
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Holy Cow, EvenOlder. That is a gorgeous tower. Nice stain as well.

That's exactly the look I'm going for in my basement.

I would love to see more details.

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Old 08-05-2010, 09:45 PM   #1943
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Very nice! But you failed to mention the cost of the light saber.

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Old 08-06-2010, 12:10 AM   #1944
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Light saber for opening bottles = priceless

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Old 08-06-2010, 12:39 AM   #1945
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Were you really able to fit 4 corney kegs in a 5.3 cu freezer?

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Old 08-06-2010, 01:03 AM   #1946
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Were you really able to fit 4 corney kegs in a 5.3 cu freezer?
I have 4 in my 5.1 cf GE freezer, but it did require a tall collar.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:38 AM   #1947
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The chest freezers make great "keezers" with the addition of a external thermostat to get the temps where you want them.
Some go with homemade collars, mostly wooden, to add space so that a keg can sit on the hump if there is one, and they also serve as a place to attach faucets, regulators, etc. Don't drill into the body of a chest freezer, you will almost surely hit a line and brick the freezer.
Some do towers or coffins, which are nice but they need more clearance to open the lid, the upside is the more traditional appearance and height of the faucets (keeps my dog out)
YES - very good point, I had not thought of keeping the dogs out(my two english bulldogs love beer almost as much as SWMBO and myself) - that is a dealbreaker for me!!! I also like the look of towers better anyways, but wasnt sure if I wanted to spend the extra $$$.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:24 AM   #1948
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Were you really able to fit 4 corney kegs in a 5.3 cu freezer?
I'm gonna try 2 5gal cornys and 2 2.5gal cornys. I don't know if they'll fit or not.

the 2.5gals will be for kids apple/fruit juice and wife's wine spritzer.

the 5gals will be for what I brew or a sixtel for parties.

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Old 08-06-2010, 05:05 PM   #1949
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I'm very pleased to finally be able to post my addition to this thread! I started this on Mother's Day weekend back in May, and I had it finished for the most part a couple weeks later, however it took me a while to get the temperature controller... The controller is sold by the company that I work for, so I was patient and waited until I had an opportunity to get one for free

This thing will hold 8 cornies, 6 on the floor and 2 on the hump, but I doubt I ever have that much in there. My plan is to eventually add a 5 tap in the middle. I got lucky and found a drip tray on ebay that was the exact length that I needed, and it only cost $30. I wish it were a couple inches deeper but no biggie, it still looks nice.

More photos from the actual build and first pour can be found here






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Old 08-06-2010, 10:58 PM   #1950
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Bravo Sir, Bravo.
Well planned, well executed. I love the trim, I love the tower size/location.
Drink one for me.

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