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whitee 04-11-2010 07:04 PM

Is a keezer collar needed?
 
I see several posts on building a collar for a keezer. Is it necassary to build a collar or can I put the taps in the freezer wall?
Thanks

HBHoss 04-11-2010 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whitee (Post 1999798)
I see several posts on building a collar for a keezer. Is it necassary to build a collar or can I put the taps in the freezer wall?
Thanks

Usually the freezer wall has coils in it that you have to figure out where they are so you don't drill a hole through them. Also a collar gives you more depth for tubing and a Co2 bottle on the hump if you want it there. Also it's a lot easier to replace a collar than a freezer. ;)

whitee 04-11-2010 07:27 PM

Thanks Hoss. Do you know of a way to locate the coils. We are thinking of getting the freezer as cold as possible then placing a pot of boiling water in it to see if it will show the coils.

ShortSnoutBrewing 04-11-2010 09:16 PM

Not to try and change your mind or anything, but why risk it? Collar is easy, cheap, and no chance of destroying a perfectly find freezer because you slipped, sneezed, or simply misjudged where the coils where. Or put some towers in the top. No coils in the cover. Don't like the idea of towers myself, but another option.

mosquitocontrol 04-11-2010 09:41 PM

Even if you did manage to avoid all the coils, I bet it will be hard to evenly space the taps. Might look a little funny with uneven spacing. Maybe I'm just too anal.

IBENAK 04-12-2010 01:02 AM

For what its worth, I ruined a freezer by mounting my c02 manifold and I had located the cooling lines by using a small pilot hole and still hit one of the lines. :(
In my experience the lines are pretty close together, not enough to drill the 1 1/8" hole for the shank. Hope this helps

Nick

nebben 04-12-2010 03:04 PM

In my experience, the collar has many pros:
  • No worries about damaging the freezer- if you ever convert it back to a freezer, one just needs to disassemble the collar and put the original hinges back on.
  • It raises the level of the taps to a more user-friendly height.
  • It looks nice.
  • It allows more kegs/CO2 on the compressor hump, if applicable.
  • No danger of destroying coils.

cons:
  • It adds expense.
  • It requires some tools and skill to build and attach.
  • Might need to be sealed/insulated.

AiredAle 04-12-2010 09:30 PM

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Whitee,

I didn't add a collar to my freezer simply because I built it before I was aware of homebrew forums, and didn't know better. What I did was build a box inside the freezer over the compresser step to hold the taps. I did carefully find a place to run my CO2 line in at the base of the compressor step, and added a distribution manifold for gas lines onto the tap box. Attached is a picture.

Arkador 04-12-2010 11:12 PM

I feed my gas in through the drain hole. I am happy with cobras tho....

whitee 04-13-2010 03:19 AM

Thanks to everyone for the info.


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