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Old 10-01-2010, 04:57 PM   #41
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As mentioned airflow is an issue with the kegs packed so tight. I ended up putting some old wire rack down under the kegs to lift them up and allow air through. After that I added a piece of ducting to my bilge blower and dropped it down to the floor.

Now my temp stays a rock solid 41.5 and it cycles rarely to maintain it.


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Old 10-01-2010, 05:00 PM   #42
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Dumb question: does the bilge blower blow up or down?

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I have it pulling the hot air out of the top and pushing it down to the bottom... I tried it the other way but every time I opened the lid I blew all the cold air out in about ten seconds, lol.

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TomSD, I got my hands on a 9 ft GE for $130 and plan on doing something very similar to what you did. Two quick questions: What's the benefit of a secondary regulator instead of a four way splice? I have a double gas regulator so would still be able to force carb while chilling others. Also, where did you get the blower, marine supply store?

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Old 10-01-2010, 05:39 PM   #45
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I planned to do enough different things in the keezer that I wanted all the gas lines to be on their own regulator. My soda stays at 30 psi where most beer I keep at 12-14. Different styles though suggest different carb levels so that may change. Also it isn't uncommon for me to pull a hose outside to start a siphon or seal up a keg. For that I just need a couple psi. I just figured it was worth the extra up front to have it in place from the start.

I was going to go with manifolds off my dual regulator but liked the look and options of the secondary. The dual regulator will actually be replaced by a single, without a second gauge, today. This will free up space on the hump for storage and whatnot.

How many kegs can you fit in the 9 cf GE? I'm guessing at least one more, more than that if you use the hump. A manifold for each regulator would probably work just as well as I doubt you'd need more than two different pressures running at the same time.

As for the blower and ducting I got it off Amazon since I'm a huge Amazon zombie, lol. Considering I live in San Diego I'm betting I could find it locally at one of the marine stores though.

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Old 10-12-2010, 10:26 PM   #46
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Couple of questions....

Do you think you could get by without the extra blower etc? I am looking for a very similar build, just wondering how necessary you think that is.

Did you find a solution for your drip tray? I like the way the chalkboard paint looks.

Do you think it would work to just move the hinges up to the top and mount them to the collar? that way you're not moving the whole tap assembly when you open it. Although it might be nice to move all the taps etc. out of the way for loading. Thinking out loud, sorry!

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There is quite a temp difference between the top and bottom without some kind of circulation going on. That means the compressor runs more and (depending on environment) water collecting in the keezer. Some sort of fan would be a good idea though mine is considered overkill by many I'm sure.

I just got a stainless mud pan from Lowes and attached it with a couple magnets. It slides if it is on the regular finish because it is slick but on the chalk board it holds fine. Easy to clean I just pull it loose and rinse it out/wipe it down.

(the pan is actually shiny and clean... it is reflecting the tile in my kitchen)



I would not suggest moving the hinges up though some do. You will have to deal with the hoses, shanks and other hardware every time you open the keezer. Also, you will have to lift your full kegs up another foot to clear the collar.

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I am going to build a keezer out of the same freezer but probably with only 3 taps.

My question is about the internal components for the draft system... Where did you buy yours? Is it cheaper to buy a whole kit or sort of build your own? How much did you spend? I ask this because yours looks like its better quality than the kits..
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Which temp controller do you recommend? Been looking at the A419.

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I mixed and matched. I got my first keg kit (a dual tap w/ picnic taps) from Midwest Supplies then from there it was shopping around. Somethings I paid more for because I really liked them (the secondary regulator I got from Beverage Factory) some I shopped around and found deals on (perlicks, fittings and such).

For the temp control I went with an analog A419 too and it does a great job. I personally don't see the need for a digital in something like a keezer... unless of course you are going for the look.

I took my time gathering everything and putting it together. I got the temp controller right up front and just used the kegs with picnic taps until I got everything finished.

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Where did you get the handle that is on your collar? Do you recommend mounting the collar to the freezer or the lid? obviously you did the lid, so I guess I should ask do you like the setup?

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