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Old 05-09-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default Keezer Collar: General Questions

I'm about to embark on building my first (and hopefully final) keezer collar. I'm just running off picnic taps right now and I'd like to go ahead and drill the holes for the taps. I'll probably upgrade to taps one by one or a few at a time until I get all of my kegs on tap. I'm working with a 9cu foot freezer and I could probably get 6 or 7 kegs on tap.

1. Should I drill all the holes now and plug them somehow, or should I wait until I have the tap in hand? I plan on staining the collar.

2. Should I insulate the inside? I've seen a lot of people do this, but it seems like with the right glue and right seal, I shouldn't lose too much chill on the freezer. I'll either be working with 2X4s or 2X6s.

3. Is weather stripping on the inside of the collar necessary?

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Old 05-09-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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I pre-drilled my holes, did not use weather stripping and insulated the collar.

Used loctite power grab construction adhesive to "stick" collar to freezer.

Here are a couple of pics

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Old 05-09-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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1. If it were me, I'd probably drill taps as you need them. Your shanks should cover up any small blemishes around the hole from drilling the new holes.
2. I would probably say it depends on the size of your collar. If it's a short collar, I don't think insulation is necessary, but if you are making a taller collar to accomodate kegs on the compressor hump, I think it may be worth the extra effort.
3. I didn't find weather stripping to be necessary on my keezer build, as the existing seal on the freezer lid makes a good seal with my collar.

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:04 PM   #4
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1. As said above, your shank will come with a collar that will cover up any small imperfections you get in your stain when you drill your holes, so you don't need to pre-drill them now. Although it may be easier to measure them out and drill them now before you get it all put together so everything is evenly spaced out.

2. My Keezer stays within + or - 1.5 degrees of my set temp without any insulation. I used 2x4's for the inner collar and 1x6's for the outer portion that slides over the freezer (Pic's available here) *Something that isn't shown on the pics is that I have since installed a computer fan to circulate the air better.

3. Seal on the freezer lid has worked just fine w/o any weather stripping.

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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i have a pencil dot marking where the 4th tap will someday be installed on my collar.. i believe i used 10inch boards so i opted to use insulation.. maybe overkill but it works

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So there isn't really a way to plug the holes for later use?

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So there isn't really a way to plug the holes for later use?
Why not install the tap and have nothing connected to it?
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Someone on here had found chrome plated caps that are used to cover holes in sinks in the plumbing hardware section of HD or lowes.

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I drilled four holes off the bat and only installed 3 taps. I just used a chrome plug found in the hardware store (hardware section) to seal it up until in had another tap. This way all my cutting was done before I painted and such. Worked great and looked good too.

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Pre-drill the holes. I messed up a collar drilling them after staining.

After building three I finally ended up with one that I liked and it works great even though I glued it upside down. I didn't use insulation or weather stripping and haven't had any issues at all.

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