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Old 05-22-2011, 03:39 PM   #2701
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Yeah, I think putting locks on taps is really stupid. Everytime you decide you want a beer you gotta go through the trouble of unlocking it. If I had a reason to lock up my taps I would instead move it's location to a room where I can lock the door until said person is mature enough or I would beat someones butt =)

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Old 05-23-2011, 01:01 AM   #2702
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Okay, my first one died after 8 years. And as a Public Service Announcement - yours may too -

I talked to an HVAC friend of mine that runs the BBQ circuit around the SouthEast - he hauls a 40 ft trailer... he uses chest freezers for his pig because they're more convenient than a refrigerator - and he uses temp controllers too. He told me that these $200-300 big-box freezers aren't meant to come on for a few minutes at a time, once or twice a day - they're meant to run a while, freeze cold and hard, then stay off for a few days. Scott says if you get 7 years out of one - "good for you! now go buy another!"

with that out of the way, and my Master's finished, it was time to replace my 7 cu ft. But I have space constraints and couldn't go much larger. I went to the 8.8 cu ft - much easier to get 4 kegs in and out, and only 3 inches longer.

I also use the freezer to keep 5 gallons of glycol cool, which I pump through a heat-transfer assembly in the water bath of my fermentation tank to keep ferm temps consistent (62F).

So, with a 3/4" layer of 6x oak, two layers of 3/4 foam, and a bit of plastic trim I found at Lowes, I did this:





The drain is held on by hard-drive magnets. I haven't hooked that up yet, but it will have a laquered copper tube dropping into a brass spittoon.

Now that the glycol is cold - I can brew and fill my pipeline back up!

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Old 05-23-2011, 01:12 AM   #2703
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I did this:
Looks great!

How'd your attach your drip tray?

Mine is just about done (7.2 cf from Lowe's) and will pretty much look like this:

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Old 05-23-2011, 01:39 AM   #2704
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If I had a reason to lock up my taps I would instead move it's location to a room where I can lock the door
Logic is your strongest suit, my good man.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:35 PM   #2705
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Looks great!

How'd your attach your drip tray?
specifically - hard drive magnets - about 8 of them, countersunk into the wood. All that oak made it a bit heavy. There is a slant to the bottom and a drain hole, soon to be connected.

Any rare-earth magnets would do.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:15 PM   #2706
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So, Im going to build myself a kegerator, but there´s currently no good, cheap fridges available in the area I live in on the norwegian craigslist. Then I got invited to a party, and being the impatient soul I am (also having bought all the equipment already). I decided to keg for the first time and bring it.

However, this posed some problems, as I didnt have a picnic tap, only a regular faucet. I could´ve just let the entire faucet + shank fly around wild on the beer line, but then I saw an old beer case lying around and decided to build a snug little house for my faucet.

This party tower will be complete once I place the bottom of the keg in some bucket of ice:

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Old 05-24-2011, 02:38 AM   #2707
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:48 PM   #2708
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Just finished mine. Simple. Cheap. Useful. Found the fridge at Rent-a-Center for $50. Has a few dings but perfect for a kegerator. total cost $230 including 2 Corny kegs. And I have room for 3 more taps.

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Old 05-27-2011, 05:28 PM   #2709
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Here is mine that I just finished up a month ago. Got a lot of inspiration and ideas from the forums here so thanks everyone!

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Old 05-27-2011, 06:58 PM   #2710
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Mine is finished!

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