Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Chest Freezer Conversion to Kegerator - Need Help

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-09-2007, 06:34 PM   #1
Atl300zx
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Hoplanta, Georgia
Posts: 746
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default Chest Freezer Conversion to Kegerator - Need Help

I picked up a cheap Chest Freezer that I am going to convert to a kegerator.

I am going to use the collar method so i dont have to drill holes in the actual freezer.

In past new hobbies (aquariums, cars, etc) it seems like I buy what i think is a good setup, but find out later that i overpaid or bought sub-par parts and end up having to replace half of what i bought.

Basically i am looking for lessons learned, recommendations on parts, and of course good vendors with good prices.

I know i need at least the following parts:

2-gauge regulator
5 lb. Aluminum CO2 Bottle
5 gallon Cornelius Keg (Qty=2)
draft fittings
tap
hoses
Thermostat
Drip tray
Gas Line Distributor (to make regulator feed 2 kegs)

Am I forgetting any parts?

Also I am open to suggestions on Brands and where to purchase these from.

Thanks!!!

__________________
Jaded Spirits Brewery
Primary: Dennis Hoppier III
Secondary: Empty
Bottles: Triple Berry Apple Cider, Cote Apple Cider, Wild Blackberry Apple Cider, Dim Wit II, Mighty Porter
Kegs: 4Cs IPA - The Diamond Standard, Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Clone.
On Deck: The "Three Stouts", Wild Blackberry Mead, Irish Red

Jaded Spirits DIY Stirplate
Blog @ JadedSpirits.com
Blog @ HBT
Atl300zx is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
Drunkensatyr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Drunkensatyr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,017
Liked 7 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Check valve for each keg. Believe me it is worth it.

__________________
Drunkensatyr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2007, 06:48 PM   #3
olllllo
[]-O-[]
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
olllllo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 13,514
Liked 124 Times on 105 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Buy Perlick or Shirron forward seat faucets. It is worth the extra money.
Find the 800 number @ superprod.com and call for the best pricing (it's not on the site or in the store)

__________________
Rabbit And Coyote Schwag
Rob - Phoenix Ambassador to Milwaukee
Where did your avatar go?
Ginger Beer for Moscow Mules Bacon Vodka
Twitter
olllllo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2007, 11:46 PM   #4
Monster Mash
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Castaic, CA
Posts: 1,322
Liked 85 Times on 66 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by olllllo
Buy Perlick or Shirron forward seat faucets. It is worth the extra money.
Find the 800 number @ superprod.com and call for the best pricing (it's not on the site or in the store)
That is where I bought mine, they have the best prices and great service. The price on the Perlicks went up a few $'s but they still have the best price.
__________________
My 1BBL Brewery Pics
Monster Mash is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-10-2007, 05:21 PM   #5
Atl300zx
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Hoplanta, Georgia
Posts: 746
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

What Temperature Controller/Thermostat is recommended?

__________________
Jaded Spirits Brewery
Primary: Dennis Hoppier III
Secondary: Empty
Bottles: Triple Berry Apple Cider, Cote Apple Cider, Wild Blackberry Apple Cider, Dim Wit II, Mighty Porter
Kegs: 4Cs IPA - The Diamond Standard, Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Clone.
On Deck: The "Three Stouts", Wild Blackberry Mead, Irish Red

Jaded Spirits DIY Stirplate
Blog @ JadedSpirits.com
Blog @ HBT
Atl300zx is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-10-2007, 07:47 PM   #6
Shockerengr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 438
Liked 20 Times on 17 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/product_view.asp?sku=9352000

I've ordered one, but have gotten it yet. I plan on using this to control my fermenter fridge.

I've also used one of the analog johnson controls quite successfully for several years now
__________________
Shockerengr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2009, 01:34 PM   #7
jefferson
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brooksfield
Posts: 37
Default

I know it is an old thread but there has been a new development that I wanted to share that should save, anyone tackling a similar project, both money and time. There is actually a company that is selling the entire kit to convert a chest freezer to serve keg beer for $360 or homebrew beer with kegs included for $450(with pepsi kegs). The site is KegCowboy.Com http://www.KegCowboy.Com and the whole kit is assembled with a tank so that you just need to install and add beer. It is in their keezer freezerator section. I hope this helps others that have been confused as to what to buy or turned off by the prices of the parts.

__________________

Last edited by jefferson; 10-30-2009 at 03:21 PM.
jefferson is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2009, 05:14 PM   #8
flananuts
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
flananuts's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monmouth County, NJ
Posts: 507
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I use a $30 temp controller from chicompany.net for my kegerator and it is perfect. It was plug and play ready and is spot on for temperature. The two secondaries and the primary I sourced on eBay using Tapprite Fasco units. The 5lb tank i had to buy full at the local gas supplier. The lines are 3/8". If you are only going to have two taps, you may want to look at my rig. It was super simple and didn't require all the collar work. I initially bought 4" shanks but could have used shorter ones. Here's the pics from the build.

Keezer in wine cellar(under construction)

4 cornies can actually fit in here with the hump still open for other things
The secondary regulators I found on eBay new and plumbed them together.

Shot of tap lines to taps

After pulling the panel off the lid I noticed I could put these right into the lid and not have to build a collar.

__________________
flananuts is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2009, 05:17 PM   #9
Torg
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 151
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

If I can remember right this is what I spent

What you need is a CO2 tank and regulator. These are without a doubt the most expensive things to buy. I picked up a used 20# for $35 at an auction, but paid $120 for a triple regulator. I also picked up a 200' roll of beverage hose (3/8) for $10.

I will supply the auction place site if anyone wants it, but I don't like advertising other peoples sites, they deal in seized restaurant equipment. I got a Perlik line cooler for $5, but I digress.

I paid for a Ranco controller (about $120), four ball tap fluid adapters and 2 ball tap co2. I bought a bag of hose clamps for ~$10, and 6 barbed male 3/8 hose adapters for about $20 at home depot. The tower and 2 faucets I had gifted to me.

The freezer I got for free off craigslist. They wanted to get rid of it because it was not frost free and only was ~7 cubic feet. I didn't care because I am not cooling to where it will frost and I don't really like the freeze/thaw cycles of a frost free.

So all in all it cost about $300 in total, but I bought it in pieces.

__________________
Torg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2009, 05:19 PM   #10
AnOldUR
fer-men-TAY-shuhn
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
AnOldUR's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 6,091
Liked 548 Times on 399 Posts
Likes Given: 420

Default

flananuts. That looks like my Craigslist freezer. 7 cu ft Woods?

__________________
Sent from my POS computer because I refuse to own a smartphone!
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbaysurfer View Post
That's the nature of being competitive. You find yourself wanting validation from more objective sources then your own ego.
AnOldUR is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chest Freezer Kegerator Conversion Project Bobby_M Bottling/Kegging 56 02-25-2011 03:15 PM
chest freezer conversion outofmire DIY Projects 8 10-30-2009 01:22 PM
Chest freezer conversion into 2? EddieWouldBrew Bottling/Kegging 1 06-05-2009 01:06 PM
What's a fair price on a chest freezer kegerator conversion? NitrouStang96 Bottling/Kegging 6 03-07-2008 06:43 PM
5.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer Conversion sar881 Equipment/Sanitation 6 10-03-2007 07:55 PM