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Amiaji 06-11-2009 12:35 PM

A Keezer is Born
 
I have been wanting to build a keezer for a while now. After much reading and researching I finally decided to take the plunge. Many of the ideas came from this site.

The victim:
7.2 cu/ft Magic Chef
http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/9940/keezer002.jpg

The frame starts taking shape.
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/4803/keezer019.jpg

Adding the trim.
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/174/keezer029.jpg

My beautiful wife helping out.
http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/7538/keezer060.jpg

Stained and finished.
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/9288/keezer063.jpg

Love controller installed.
http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/5408/keezer068.jpg

Top and perlicks installed.
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/5827/keezer070.jpg

Beer installed and ready to go.
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/1294/keezer092.jpg

My first pint.
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/583/keezer090.jpg

I still need to make a drip tray for it but other than that it is ready to go. Thanks for all the info and ideas from everyone on here.

jpowers1 06-11-2009 02:01 PM

well done! that looks really nice!

Sunnovah 06-11-2009 02:01 PM

Wow, that would go great in my bar. I see stuff like this and I want to build it! Unfortunately I have to save for the wedding before I save for the hobby. Your Keezer looks awesome!

the_merlin 06-11-2009 04:27 PM

Great job! A few suggestions...
Placement of the temperature sensor should be in the middle of the keezer.
Paint the inside of the keezer with appliance epoxy paint to prevent future rusting.
At the bottom of the keezer, put down some plastic cushioned shelving liner to protect the paint.
One of the problems that I've addressed with my keezer is keeping the temperature even throughout, which also helps with ice build-up. You'd be surprised how much the temperature can fluctuate from the bottom to the top. In addition to having the keezer connected to the temperature controller, I've also connected a homemade fan that sits inside at the top of the keezer. The fan was made soldering a computer power fan to a cell phone charger. It'll only take one frozen keg on the bottom shelf until you decide to do this. It also keeps beer in the beer line from becoming too warm.

Amiaji 06-12-2009 09:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the_merlin (Post 1375644)
Great job! A few suggestions...
Placement of the temperature sensor should be in the middle of the keezer.
Paint the inside of the keezer with appliance epoxy paint to prevent future rusting.
At the bottom of the keezer, put down some plastic cushioned shelving liner to protect the paint.
One of the problems that I've addressed with my keezer is keeping the temperature even throughout, which also helps with ice build-up. You'd be surprised how much the temperature can fluctuate from the bottom to the top. In addition to having the keezer connected to the temperature controller, I've also connected a homemade fan that sits inside at the top of the keezer. The fan was made soldering a computer power fan to a cell phone charger. It'll only take one frozen keg on the bottom shelf until you decide to do this. It also keeps beer in the beer line from becoming too warm.


I had considered putting a fan in it to circulate the air. I'll check and see if I have a computer fan around here somewhere.

derekm 06-12-2009 10:13 AM

I like to put my sensor in a thermowell in a two liter coke bottle filled with water. It should greatly prolong the life of your compressor and stop large temperature fluctuations.

pkpdogg 06-12-2009 09:34 PM

Wow, that's some pretty nice woodworking there. Great job! I'd be proud to display that in my home any day. All of you at HBT keep making me think of planning bigger than just adding a collar when my freezer arrives.

LakeErieBrew 06-13-2009 03:16 AM

If Ethan Allen furniture sold keezers, they would look like this. Beautiful work.

DrMaddVibe 06-13-2009 10:59 AM

+1 on the great job dressing that out.

CenCalWorthog 06-13-2009 03:23 PM

+2 ... great job.


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