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Old 06-14-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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My hobby has grown since getting my first homebrew kit from the wife and daughter for my birthday, Christmas Eve this past year. I've built my own brew stand, a 2 tier HERMS stand with converted keggles. Did my first all-grain batch a few weeks ago and had to get things ready to start kegging.

My initial plan was to use my old "garage" standup fridge but after looking at the reality of converting it, I opted to buy a chest freezer from Lowe's, their Holiday 7 cf unit.

I built a 7" collar, hardwired the ebay controller into the existing wiring so that it controls the cooling after the freezer's thermostat. It holds 5 corny kegs and a 10lb CO2 tank. I built a shelf out of some crazy thick cardboard I saved from having a new Toyota H55 transmission shipped to me. The shelf is so I can store all my pint glasses inside the keezer.

Obviously, I painted it also, wife wouldn't be flexible on having the big white freezer anywhere other than the garage. I used the Rustoleum "aged copper" to kind of match our patio furniture and the deck color.

In any event, thanks to this forum for all the helpful threads and advise putting such things together. Very simple and easy project, can't wait to pull my first pint in the coming days...





I used chalkboard paint along the front bezel so that I could label what was in each tap easily...


I hoard cardboard, had this leftover from the H55 delivery, fits perfectly on the lip of the freezer so that I can store all the pint glasses in the same place as the beer...

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Old 06-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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sweet! that freezer looks exactly like the haer i have. 5 ball locks? does one go on the hump?

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Old 06-14-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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Very nice.

I'd be a little worried about the STC-1000 hanging out inside the freezer. I'm not sure they really like the cold / damp environment. Bashing it with something while changing CO2 or kegs would also be a concern...

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sweet! that freezer looks exactly like the haer i have. 5 ball locks? does one go on the hump?
Yes, 5 ball locks, one goes on the hump w/CO2 bottle
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Beautiful job. I love the paint scheme and the idea of using the chalkboard paint. I think my wife would even go for this. I'm sending her the pic on the deck. Who says a keezer can't be a thing of beauty?

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Very nice.

I'd be a little worried about the STC-1000 hanging out inside the freezer. I'm not sure they really like the cold / damp environment. Bashing it with something while changing CO2 or kegs would also be a concern...

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I'll test it and see how it handles it. I like to keep my beer under 40F so I'm not too worried about the temp, humidity may be an issue though, time will tell...
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Beautiful job. I love the paint scheme and the idea of using the chalkboard paint. I think my wife would even go for this. I'm sending her the pic on the deck. Who says a keezer can't be a thing of beauty?
Thanks, I'm happy with how it came out.

I would give 2 warnings: I don't like the new Rustoleum spray cans/nozzles. I had 2 cans give me problems with plugging/nozzle problems. Normally, one can just swap nozzles but these new "spray any angle" cans/nozzles aren't that flexible. I did manage to swap one nozzle and save the can but I was not happy with how they worked. Second, I also wasn't happy with the Minwax stain/top coat in one. It was very difficult to manage the level of staining with this all-in-1 can. I'd go with the traditional stain/clear coat method instead of the all-in-1 product.

Beautiful? I wouldn't go that far, but not so bad it has to be sequestered to the garage...
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I bet you could get 6 ball locks in there if the CO2 went outside. :-)

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Yes, you can. If I need the expansion, I've got a little room to grow...
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it looks great. i need to do this to mine. i have pin lock kegs, can only fit three in the main area, but i might be able to get 2 on the hump with my tank on the floor. time to build a collar and ditch the tower!

could you get a close up of the paint? did you sand it down at all or just spray it?

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