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Old 03-24-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default Cacaman's Spring Break Cheap Keezer!

Hello! My name is Alex. I am a 21 year old college kid. Unlike any college kid who went to the beach, or went on vacation, I decided to make a keezer this spring break (plan for the future right?)! However, just like any college kid, I am broke, and a had a budget of around $400...more or less what an out of town trip would have costed me. I decided to follow brewit2it's cheapest keezer build found here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...keezer-224848/

I got additional ideas from:

Rick 500's Black Frigidaire
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/conv...reezer-162225/

Heyjaffy's "my version of Brewit2it's "Cheapest New 2 Keg Keezer"
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-v...keezer-229122/

And MysticPhantom's "Keezer with aluminum collar"
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/keez...collar-229956/

...and of course some creativity from my end.

Before starting: The first thing I did was order the ranco temperature controller. I was debating between a johnson and ranco. I ended up going with the ranco because I found one at around $50 not pre-wired. Wiring was not really a challenge, I just followed this guide, and it worked just fine:
http://www.susanminor.org/forums/sho...V-Wiring-Guide

The second thing was to buying the freezer. I decided to go with the Sam's 5.0' freezer, costed about $140.





Day 1: I used a 2x3 stud for the collar. Brewit2it cut his sides with flat corners, I decided to cut at 45 degree angles for a cleaner finish given the fact my dad has an electric saw.





Tested, and seems to fit fine to make a collar.



Next step was to drill holes. The closest size I had for my shanks, was a 1" drill bit, and it turned out just fine.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:45 PM   #2
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Day 2: The next day, I applied a couple of coats of red oak wood stain. I like Rick500's finished look, so I decided to pick that color. Here are the first and final coats.





Day 3: On this day I attached the already stained collar using L-brackets on the inside corners. You can see here how it sat on the freezer:



Note: Some of the corners did not seal right due to imperfection in my cutting. I used this product called "Liquid Nails" to seal the outside corners of the collar, and stained them with wood stain. It doesn't look perfect, but it looks much better than having some of those corners unsealed. You may be able to notice this at the end.

Day 4: I painted the freezer using Rust-o-leum appliance epoxy. It took 2 cans, but worked out great. Good clean factory-like look. Here's a pic during the painting:



Warning: Index finger may get extremely tired during the painting process.

Day 5: Here I finished and attached the collar. I used 2-sided tape to mount the collar as seen here:



When reattaching the hinges, instead of using brewit2it's breaking off method, I just used washers to attach them back. I believe heyjaffy did something similar. Here's a photo of it:



I decided to screw on the manifold to the back part of the keezer for easier access. Everything ended up fitting great.



Here is a pic of the final product:



...And of course the glamor shot



Note: Before anyone bashes and flames on my bud handles, please excuse them. They are the only ones I have, and I know my Mexican BMC uncles will love them!

Please post any questions or comments!

-Alex

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:58 PM   #3
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Awesome. looks good. Nice job.

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I have the same freezer.... but mine just holds dead cow.

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Thanks yeast infection (loving that name).

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I have the same freezer.... but mine just holds dead cow.
You should turn it into a kegerator!!

It's relatively cheap, as seen here :P
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You passed on a pile of college snatch to build a keezer? Very dedicated, nice build.


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You passed on a pile of college snatch to build a keezer? Very dedicated, nice build.
Thanks! That was the biggest price of all. But hey, think of how many this will bring home later on.
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“Get your beer off the yeast cake on day 7 or your beer will crawl out of the fermenter and eat your youngest child”

“Your beer will be the equivalent of rhinoceros urine unless it sits on the primary yeast cake for at least 4 weeks.”
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Thanks! That was the biggest price of all. But hey, think of how many this will bring home later on.
short term loss, long term gain...i like it
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Looks great - nice work

I just added a 3rd tap to mine for a 3-gallon keg that's on the way. I'll share pics soon.

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