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Old 06-10-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default It has begun...My Keezer Build

First off, thanks to all who posted their keezer builds online. I am taking something from everyone on this project. The body/base construction will be based off of Hoppopotomus's Knotty Pine Keezer. I like the space it allows between the freezer walls and the cabinet wall.

Well...I really began this project like 2+ years ago when I purchased a Holiday 5.0cuft chest freezer, digital temperature controller, and keg setup... but as many projects go, it took some time/$$$ to get going.

Equipment thus far:
Chest Freezer
Temp Controller
Two Five-gallon Corny Kegs
5gal gas tank
Party tap (woohoo!, im ready for the real deal though)
Single Body Regulator

Plans/additional equipment:
Three-way gas distributor
Draft Tower, with a double or triple faucet (not sure yet)
2 Three-gallon Corny Kegs
Tile for the lid

The first step was to build a collar that would allow for three-gallon corny kegs on the hump, and if empty I could put two 5 gallon carboys for fermenting. I still need to add some caulking and insulation to the collar...plus attach the lid to the collar.


Front, Collar on by , on Flickr


Rear, Still need to bolt on by , on Flickr


Corner Plate by , on Flickr


Rear, Still need to bolt on by , on Flickr

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Lookin' good, keep posting pictures. So you're going to use a tower, not install faucets on the collar?

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Progress!

I rebuilt the frame twice. I noticed that each time I rebuilt it, it was getting more crooked. Well the "premium" 2x4's from home depot warped after bringing them home. Luckily lowes is right next door so I bought the crappy 2x4's and go figure, they never warped.

On top of the frame is floorboard the previous owner left at my house and I put wainscoting on top of that. Cleaned up the front corners with some molding.

Lastly will be the top. I plan to use wood: maple, red oak, or some sort of pine. Lowes sells all of the above in pre-made panels that are sanded already. I will stain and probably put about 10 coats of poly on top. I plan on a double or triple tower to complete! I can't wait. Two more weeks I hope.

Oh and I love wood shims! They are great for the beginner carpenter!
















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Lookin' good, keep posting pictures. So you're going to use a tower, not install faucets on the collar?
thanks.

the collar was mainly to increase head space so I can put 3gal corny kegs on the hump... or when I brew i can use the keezer as my ferm chamber and fit one carboy on the hump with a blow-off tube. at least until i can purchase a small fridge and another temp controller.
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I like it. The extra headspace is a huge plus. I'm glad I was able to put the hump to good use.

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Progress made! see the third post!

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Looking good.

Are you going to put a thermometer in the keezer? Is this going against a wall?

Having just built one myself, my only suggestion would be to move your Temp controller to a more easily accessible area unless it's easier to see/adjust from the back.

I put mine on the back and I'm about to move mine to lay horizontal in the space between the freezer and the cabinet that way when I open the lid I can see it. I don't ever adjust it but it's more a curiosity thing for me. I want to know what the controller is reading in relation to the bar thermometer I have in the keezer.

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Nice work! Glad my thread was able to help you along the way. Keep up the good work and let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing the final product.

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Looking good.

Are you going to put a thermometer in the keezer? Is this going against a wall?

Having just built one myself, my only suggestion would be to move your Temp controller to a more easily accessible area unless it's easier to see/adjust from the back.

I put mine on the back and I'm about to move mine to lay horizontal in the space between the freezer and the cabinet that way when I open the lid I can see it. I don't ever adjust it but it's more a curiosity thing for me. I want to know what the controller is reading in relation to the bar thermometer I have in the keezer.
thanks!

yea the thermo controller will be on the back. i rarely change the temp... but def not the most convenient spot!
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Nice work! Glad my thread was able to help you along the way. Keep up the good work and let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing the final product.
hey thanks! top should be done in the next couple of weeks.
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