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specialized 12-02-2010 01:59 AM

Another Keezer Build
 
Just wanted to showcase my keezer build for everyone and share any info I can. These forums have have been such a great resource for all things brewing that I wanted to give back.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_PsDFFH7h9NM/TP...0/IMG_5491.jpg

This was the first purchase. 7.0 cu Holiday brand freezer from Lowes.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_PsDFFH7h9NM/TP...0/IMG_5492.jpg

This is my kegging setup. I've got 4 cornies (1 not pictured). They fit in there but are very snug. A 5lb tank sits on the hump without problem.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_PsDFFH7h9NM/TP...%20Actual2.jpg

I built a 3d model using google sketchup based on Jesters keezer build. I resized everything to work on my 7.0 cu ft holiday freezer.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_PsDFFH7h9NM/TP...0/IMG_5487.jpg

I was suprised with how well things are mimicking the plans. I am a rookie when it comes to carpentry but have learned that taking things slow yields impressive results.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_PsDFFH7h9NM/TP...0/IMG_5488.jpg

This is just an exploded view showing the framing and the paneling

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_PsDFFH7h9NM/TP...0/IMG_5490.jpg

I've begun work on the lid. I decided to ditch the current lid and build an entirely new one. I didn't feel like drilling holes through the stock lid in case I ever decide to repurpose it as a normal freezer. I doubt that's going to happen though based on how much money I've pumped into this thing.

The bottom part of the lid is just your run of the mill 2x4, the top is MDF. Right now I have everything painted in a primer and plan on putting a coat of exterior paint on it. The paint won't be visible when the keezer is finished it's merely to seal the wood from any moisture in the freezer.

That's it for now. I'll keep this post up to date with my progress. Unfortunately I'm going away this weekend and will be out on business all next week so updates will be slow coming. As of right now I hope to finish it over Xmas break.

chaz56 12-02-2010 02:58 AM

coming out nice cant wait to see the final picture!

dlester 12-02-2010 03:05 AM

I noticed you have only 3 kegs, but 4 taps. I resolved the same issue by adding a 3 gal and put it up on the little shelf your using for the C02. You can fit the C02 down on the lower level. I like to use the 3 gal for extra storage or high gravity beers like barley wine. Hope this helps.

Good Luck

specialized 12-02-2010 10:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dlester (Post 2445572)
I noticed you have only 3 kegs, but 4 taps. I resolved the same issue by adding a 3 gal and put it up on the little shelf your using for the C02. You can fit the C02 down on the lower level. I like to use the 3 gal for extra storage or high gravity beers like barley wine. Hope this helps.

Good Luck

I actually have a fourth it's just not full at the moment. I might look into what you said after this is all done though, because getting that fourth corny in there is a struggle.

bmbigda 12-02-2010 11:04 AM

i didn't realize you could buy MDF in that format...nice

specialized 12-02-2010 11:10 AM

Well they don't really sell it in that form. I bought a 4X8 piece, had homedepot rip it in half. When I got home i sized it to my exact needs. I'll have to think of somehting to do with the other 4X4 piece I have sitting around.

skibumdc 12-02-2010 11:41 AM

Subscribed. Starting my keezer build myself. Just about to make my rolling base.
You going to vent around the sides to dissipate heat?

specialized 12-02-2010 11:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skibumdc (Post 2446027)
Subscribed. Starting my keezer build myself. Just about to make my rolling base.
You going to vent around the sides to dissipate heat?

As it stands now the walls of the freezer sit 3.5 inches away from the paneling. The back side will not be enclosed but will sit against a wall of the house. The user manual on the freezer says to keep 4 inches of spacing on all sides. Although I'm pushing it a little bit I don't think I will run into problems with over stressing my compressor. If I do notice things are running hot/too frequently I'll wire a fan to push air around the skin of the freezer when the compressor kicks on.

cedar_lake 12-02-2010 12:45 PM

Subscribed because I have this exact freezer model and haven't done anything to it yet.

You can really get four cornies in there? I feel like it might take a little bit of creative hammering to do that (I have ball locks).

skibumdc 12-02-2010 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cedar_lake (Post 2446126)
Subscribed because I have this exact freezer model and haven't done anything to it yet.

You can really get four cornies in there? I feel like it might take a little bit of creative hammering to do that (I have ball locks).

With an 8" collar I'm sure he could fit the CO2 tank and maybe a cornie on the hump?


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