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Old 07-09-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default Keezer Build - GE 5.0 cu. ft.

Thought I'd share the fruits of a winter project. I live in smaller house so space is a premium, decided to go with a 5 cubic ft chest freezer conversion with tall enough collar for three kegs. Pretty happy with how it turned out.

** Started with GE 5.0 cu ft chest freezer from Home Depot ($179)

** Took off the existing seal so I could reuse it at the bottom of the cooler. Very easy to remove with a sharp knife without damaging it or the lid.

** Built a collar using 1X10 fir, reinforced internal corners, sealed and insulated with hard foam. Light enough for the hinges, gives enough headroom for the third keg on the compressor hump.

** For now I plan on running the kegs at the same pressure, so save a bit of money going with a single regulator with a three-way distributor.

** Used one of my Ranco 11000 controllers off of ebay for temp control. Temp probe kept in water bath to minimize temp swings.

** Perl stainless faucets because really, why not.

** Still need to figure out what I want to do for tap handles and a drip tray. I know I want a 13" wide drip tray but I've gotten a bit OCD about how to mount it. Easily the most indecisive part of the whole project.

** Any thoughts, suggestions?

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Old 07-09-2011, 02:00 AM   #2
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Well done. I like the height that you get from the 10" collar.

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Old 07-09-2011, 01:06 PM   #3
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Glue a magnetic strip(s) to the back of the drip tray and place it on the front of the keezer.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ADHESIVE-MAGNETI...item2eb5f09347

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Old 07-09-2011, 01:11 PM   #4
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Very nice.

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Old 07-09-2011, 01:12 PM   #5
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For tap handles - I made one from moose antler (no I'm not a hunter, but a friend had some in his workshop).

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Old 07-11-2011, 12:31 PM   #6
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Great looking keezer. I used the same one for mine. For tap handles just go to Lowes or HD and check out the table legs that are pre-made. I took a couple of those and cut off what I didnt want and used them. U can get the inserts there too. Off the top of my head I think they are 3/8 x 16 brass inserts. they will be with the furniture parts in the hardware section. Good luck.

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Old 10-14-2011, 02:50 PM   #7
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what are the interior dimensions of this freezer?

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:38 PM   #8
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what are the interior dimensions of this freezer?
I just bought this freezer of craigslist and will convert it into a keezer here in a week or two. Inside measurements are 22 7/8 wide, 15 1/8 deep, 27 height, and then it has the extra addition that sticking out in the bottom that sticks out 7 1/2 from the right side and is 9 1/2 in height.
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I know its been a whilemsomce you posted this but I may be purchasng one of these freezers and was planning on using top mount taps without a collar. Do you think there would be room for the kegs in there without the collar? My concern is that there may not be enough height. Than,s

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Old 06-30-2014, 12:10 AM   #10
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I followed your pans with the exception I put a bar towel/handle on the right side of the faucets and removed the actual control and made a bracket for a STC1000 controller. Replaced the freezer thermocouple with the one supplied with the STC1000 which fit perfectly.
Now have a Belgium Tripel and a oatmeal stout and soon a Hoppy IPA.
Works perfectly except now I cannot use it for fermenting!!!!
Thanx again for it is the only way to go!!!!

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