After paying my due from 3 years of bottling, I am finally ready to step into kegging. I saw Jeebas' thread with all of those awesome keezer builds and I couldn't resist! I had to build my own. I have close to no woodworking experience, so feel free to comment on my build.
First, here is my current "storage" solution :
Those are crates I built with my dad using some scrap wood from his new house. I really like them. They old 12x500ml or 9x1L EZCaps. I like that they can stack without putting pressure on the caps But that doesn't offset that I hate bottling.
Now with the keezer build. I have already started the project two weeks ago so this thread will contain a lot of pics. However my free time is limited to work on this project so expect slow progress.
Keezer base built with 2x4s and 3" wheels :
Notice that I had to double the front 2x4 to allow the wheels enough free space to pivot without hitting the front panel :
I recently received all my equipment through ontariobeerkegs (good service!) :
The planned setup is to have 5 perlicks (1 creamer, 4 regulars) with 4 gas lines:
I am starting with 2 kegs to keep the costs down a bit. Total cost for the kegging equipment was 750$ shipped. The keezer will hold 3 5 gal cornies and one 3 gal with a collar.
For ventillation I found a red oak floor register at HD :
All the wood will be red oak as you can see on the base pannels that I have completed so far :
Next I need to finish one more side panel and install the floor register on it. However I have no idea how to cut a rectangle into my 1/4" ply without a router or a jigsaw... Do you guys have any suggestions?
Are you leaving any space between the wood and the freezer? Remember that freezers work by heating up the outside metal...most of them say to leave 3" all around for heat dissipation. Lots of people make coffin-style keezers here, but they usually leave some space and some of them even use fans.
I have just finished assembling the base and even though it is not looking as great as I'd like it to, I am very excited by the result!
I used metal plates for the assembly. I was thinking that it would be weak but I am very happing with the strength when fully assembled. Its not built for the zombie apocalypse but it can be pushed hard with no issue.
Final result with the freezer in :
Added an extra 2x4 at the back for strength:
Next steps :
-Hook up some fans for ventillation
-Start working on the coffin
-Install the plywood