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Old 12-29-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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Default A Chest of Bitters (Keezer Build)

Yet another Keezer Build, by yet another woodworking novice -- (That sounds wrong. What's less experienced than an novice? Neophyte? Yea let's go with that one.)

My wife is very supportive of my homebrewing hobby, but laid down one rule: Kegs, not Bottles. You see, she got roped in to helping a friend clean and sanitize bottles one evening and decided never again. So a kegerator is a critical component for my hobby.

It's been quite some time since I started sourcing components for this build, as I'm one who tends to take an inordinate time on any project and have difficulties finishing. Not this time! I've gotten re-started over the holiday break and have given myself a deadline, Jan 1, 2013.

Wish me luck!

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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Just put a collar on one, paint it and drill some holes in it. DONE LOL

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Default Start with Frigidaire FFFC07M2KW

I wanted a freezer that would not dominate the space it was in, whilst holding a good variety of brews. I'm not living in a dorm, so >2 kegs, but I've neither basement nor den, so those beautiful ~12 keg setups are right out. After looking around and checking the internal dimensions of many a chest freezer, I settled upon the Frigidaire FFFC07M2KW, a 7.2 cubic foot freezer that should hold 5 kegs with a little work.



The compressor hump takes up quite a bit of space, but I need a collar for the taps any way, so no problem.



As you can see, the dimensions are just a bit off in this configuration, the recess won't quite hold three kegs. The third one won't make it all the way in without some serious squeezing (which I didn't do). You could probably make it work and dent some surfaces in the process, but this would be a clean-in-place job from that point forward.



So, instead, I build a little wooden platform to raise all the kegs to the same level. The space below the platform will be awkward to access, but I could probably stash extra hose length down there.



And now I have space for up to five happy kegs (I only own four at the moment).



As an extra note: My kegs are the shorter, fatter, coke style. If my measurements are accurate, up to two commercial slim quarter kegs could fit in here if I switched to the taller pepsi style kegs.

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Old 12-29-2012, 07:55 PM   #5
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Look forward to seeing the final keezer

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Yes, exactly like that. I've gotta leave something to look forward to.

/seriously though, is that a keezer or a brewpub?
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Just my little ole kezzer

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Default Collar Assembly

The collar is now cut, drilled, and assembled. I used right angle brackets (two per corner), and reinforced the joint with liquid nails. There is some difficulty as of late in finding time that is simultaneously Day, Dry, and Warm (>40F) enough to work, but I have one layer of wood putty on and cured. I'll do some more sanding and make a second application of wood putty today.







Some notes for my future self:

Don't trust dimensional lumber, wood comes with a 30% margin of error not counting any kerf. My two pieces used for the collar ended up having different heights.

The instructions for the angle brackets say to drill the pilot hole at an angle away from the cut. Don't do this, it looks sloppy and makes it impossible to fit a screw driver. Do space the pilot holes slightly far from the joint, that way the bracket will squeeze the wood together, instead of just holding it in place.

In working with wood, the facing of your piece matters. Make your first cut on the visible face for cleaner results. Working from the back tends to cause splintering on the front.

Making round holes is way easier than square! That trick with hammer and chisel looks simple when someone else does it, but I had no luck. Also, the Dremel is quick and adaptable, but not much better for square holes. Just borrow a wood rasp and take your time.

MOST IMPORTANT: RDWAHAHB! I'm not trying to hold a vacuum with this piece, worst case is the thing leaks like a sieve and I spend a few pennies extra per month on electricity.

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I see people constantly using Liquid Nails. That is for gluing flat things to flat surfaces (i.e. wainscoting). Wood glue (probably something like Titebond III that can handle moisture) should be used and it will be STRONG.

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I see people constantly using Liquid Nails. That is for gluing flat things to flat surfaces (i.e. wainscoting). Wood glue (probably something like Titebond III that can handle moisture) should be used and it will be STRONG.
couldn't have said it better myself.
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