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Old 08-18-2011, 12:16 AM   #2921
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I just picked up a massive freezer, 26 cubic feet and I want my build to come out something like yours. did you take build pics of this? it looks great from your photos.
Well here is my kegerator and kinda some pictures along the way of my build. It is not complete but functioning. I first started off with a 14.8 cubic foot haier chest freezer that I purchased new from Menards. I had also purchased a piece of counter top wood that was 30 X 60 for the top.
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I put the 6 kegs I had in there and realized that I could easily fit 8 kegs inside of this freezer.
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I had purchased 3 towers for the kegerator which consisted of 2 triple tap towers and 1 double tap tower so I can have 8 taps. I placed them on top to get an idea of where I thought they looked best and which was 12" apart with the double tap in the middle.
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I then routed the edges of the top and sanded down so I can stain it.
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After staining the top and painting the freezer flat black I put the top on to see what it looked like. I quickly decided to encase the freezer in wood since I did not like the way it looked.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:28 AM   #2922
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I then decided to build a new base for the freezer out of 2 x 4's so I can attach some better casters and something I can attach the wood to without drilling into the freezer. I had removed the old casters and used the holes that were already in the bottom of the freezer to attach the new bottom.
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I then used 1/2" mdf and created sides and a front for the kegerator. I attached them to eachother and the new base that I had made for the kegerator. I also left a cutout for the original handle and lock.
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Next I used some pine 1 x 3's for decor and made it look more like furniture than a freezer.
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I then attached the top with screws from the inside that went into the top for a clean finish. I also finished the top with a satin varnish from minwax.
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I then attached my 3 towers and already had all of the plumbing inside for the beer out and the gas in. I have a 10 pound co2 tank and a dual regulator that splits off into two 4 out manifolds that I had pieced together.
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I have a a419 controller for the freezer and still am not done with the build. I am painting the base flat black chalkboard paint so I can write whats on tap for all 8 taps. I am also going to build 2 smaller cabinets for the sides. One for the co2 equipment and the other possibly for glasses or something.

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Old 08-18-2011, 12:59 AM   #2923
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:16 AM   #2924
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Some of these are simply amazing. I definitely plan on making a really elaborate keezer at some point in my life. I can't stress how difficult it was to build mine here in Thailand. From finding CO2 tanks with American valves to getting my hands on a corny keg, it took a lot of scrounging. Had to have a friend who was coming back from the states bring back all the tubing, clamps, pin locks, the works.

So last Saturday, I drilled the holes and assembled. I'm planning to add another tap so it'll be a two tap system. There's just enough space inside, so I'm just waiting for the opportunity to get another corny keg, though something just came up this week which means I could have my final kegerator finished sooner than later!





It's been almost exactly a week since I've turned the regulator to 13PSI. I couldn't resist last night and poured myself about a third of a glass of cold, fresh beer. Just slightly undercarbed, but the head was there. Pure magic. After tasting my homebrew through a tap system I can only say:
Buck Fotteling.

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Old 08-18-2011, 12:35 PM   #2925
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Thats a pretty sweet kegerator for scrounging up parts. I also like kegging better than bottling. Clean and sanitize one keg opposed to 50 or so bottles.

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Old 08-19-2011, 03:54 PM   #2926
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dttk - looks good, especially for the global scrounging! I just brewed my second batch ever and can't wait to get all the kegging supplies for homebrew. Already have the kegerator but still have commercial beer flowing.

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Old 08-20-2011, 05:39 AM   #2927
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Default My Kegerator - Look Ma, no power tools!

Except for a drill, that is.

I'm humbled by the kegerators some of you are able to put together. This is my first woodworking project since I made some really bad salt shakers in 7th grade, so take it for what its worth. Made from a new kenmore 8.8cu foot freezer, it can hold 6 kegs of brew and a 20 lb co2 tank, although it is very tight, and moving stuff around in there is a real pain. I've got to dream up some method of managing the madness of tubes in there.

I used red oak from home depot for the collar, built it with butt joints and screws, which I countersunk and filled with putty. I mounted the hinges to the collar and used clear silicone to stick the collar to the freezer lip. The gasket remains the stock one, and seems to seal well. I glued insulating foam board onto the inside of the collar, r-5, I think, and then taped everything over with this shiny duct tape I had laying around from another home repair.

I use an analog johnson controller to regulate the temperature.

I used a small PC fan I had lying around and mounted it to the collar, ran it off a spare wall wart I had lying around, and it seems to help a little with cooling the faucets down some.

I built the drip tray from a standard 19" steel tray, and then built the surround out of "hobby wood" red oak, which is thinner than the collar so it wouldn't stick out too much into the room and snag SWMBO when she walks by carrying groceries. I glued this together around the drip tray, and used toothpicks as dowels to hold it in place. I used metal brackets which I screwed onto the bottom of the drip tray, and then rare earth magnets on the back of those to stick it to the kegerator face. The tray removes from the surround for easy cleaning. I found the tray was sliding down the face of the kegerator when I first attached it, even though it is so strongly stuck on that I cannot pull it directly off, so I covered the magnets with some duct tape, and now it doesn't budge at all.

The kegerator is in our laundry room, and I had to move the washer, dryer, and sink over as far as possible, then used every bit of space I had for this, so space is a premium.

Well, here it is!

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First let me say that I have looked through all the pages of this thread and I am amazed! Everyone's kegerators and keezers are awesome. Except those awful Cubs and that Dreadful Capitals one. Haha JK.

Second, my buddies and I just started brewing and we picked up a a glass front commercial fridge for about $110. I didn't see any kegers on here that were glass front like our fridge. We haven't made it into a Keger yet but it is project we are excited about. If anyone has a glass door Keger we would love to see some examples.

And finally, Photopilot did you ever get the stout faucet and move the water faucet on that awesome Kegerator of yours?

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First let me say that I have looked through all the pages of this thread and I am amazed! Everyone's kegerators and keezers are awesome. Except those awful Cubs and that Dreadful Capitals one. Haha JK.

Second, my buddies and I just started brewing and we picked up a a glass front commercial fridge for about $110. I didn't see any kegers on here that were glass front like our fridge. We haven't made it into a Keger yet but it is project we are excited about. If anyone has a glass door Keger we would love to see some examples.

And finally, Photopilot did you ever get the stout faucet and move the water faucet on that awesome Kegerator of yours?
Here is my old one...I tinted the glass on it
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