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Old 07-02-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Back in the brew game- Keezer build

Due to being stationed overseas for a few years, I had to give up brewing. But now that I'm back, I've decided to get back into it and finally decided to build a keezer while I'm waiting for my equipment to get in. I picked up a 6.8 cu ft chest freezer from Home Depot on Saturday for $158 and got to work. I decided to go with a single 1" red oak collar and line it with 1" insulation.

Now onto the build. Here's the freezer w/ the plank setup on it for a visual


The built collar


Had to leave a gap on the back in order to get the lid to fit on properly


The lid attached


The inside


Sitting on the freezer w/ insulation


And finally all mocked up waiting to be sealed. Went with a red oak stain followed by a coat of glossy polyurethane.


The shanks are ordered and the temperature control unit will be here this week. Once I get both in, I'll get it finished up and will use it for a temporary fermentation chamber until my first two batches are done fermenting. Then I'll lower the temps to serving temps in order to get it ready for kegging and to cold crash my fermentors. More pics to follow.

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Old 07-02-2014, 05:46 PM   #2
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So.... would you say that you're "back in the game"?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/back...-build-481226/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/back...-build-481225/

Nice build, looks good so far.

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Looks nice! I have a freezer stashed in my basement for when i do this someday.

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So.... would you say that you're "back in the game"?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/back...-build-481226/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/back...-build-481225/

Nice build, looks good so far.
Haha, if you ask my wife, she'd say yes because of all the money I've dropped on my kit in the last few days. Unfortunately I'm working all this weekend, but I've got my first 2 brews scheduled for Tuesday
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Don't mean to hi-jack your thread or steal your thunder... Looks like we had the same idea...

This weekend I bought the same 6.8 fridge for 158 at home depot.

I Built a frame collar out of cheap Douglas fur.. then trimmed it with wider red wood so the overlapping lip would hold the collar in place. Stained and poly'd it.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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looks great

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All thunder to Hatelore.

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Don't mean to hi-jack your thread or steal your thunder... Looks like we had the same idea...

This weekend I bought the same 6.8 fridge for 158 at home depot.

I Built a frame collar out of cheap Douglas fur.. then trimmed it with wider red wood so the overlapping lip would hold the collar in place. Stained and poly'd it.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Looking good! Have you hooked yours up to a temperature control unit yet? Hooked mine up to a Johnson digital control unit today and it worked like a charm. After a few hours though I noticed that while it was holding the temps I wanted, the power light was off. I unplugged it from the Johnson's and plugged it right into the outlet and the compressor kicked right on. Plugged it back into the Johnson's again and the power light stayed off.

Edit- I just re-read the description of the Johnson control and it says that it shuts the freezer off when it reaches it's temps. Guess that's why the power light wasn't kicking on.
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Yes, I mounted it to the side of my keezer (see photo).

I set the Anti short cycle delay to 10 min so I don't burn out my compressor.

I also bought a small usb fan and put it down inside the shelf.

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Good to know. It was running fine and when I came back an hour later the power was off on the freezer and wouldn't kick back on (it was set for 69 degrees and holding at 63). That's when I unplugged it and plugged just the freezer in and the compressor kicked right on along with the power light. I had to head to work so I left everything unplugged but I'll mess around with it again in the morning.

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