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Old 06-06-2007, 03:08 PM   #1
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EDIT: I just noticed that my sig link, saying 'Original' Keezer, might lead folks to believe that I think I came up with the whole idea of using a chest freezer for a keg dispenser! I DON'T!!!! I did, however, decided that 'kegerator' was not an accurate name when using a freezer, so I named it 'Keezer.' At the time, there were no references to the term anywhere on HBT, or google, for that matter. So, I think I actually did come up with the name, but CERTAINLY not the idea!!

Ok, so I am finally getting started with the 'Keezer' project! Some time ago, I saw BrewPastors gorgeous chest freezer conversion posted.



Ever since, I have been thinking about how to go about doing my own. What I finally came up with was something along the lines of this:



Looks familiar, no? Well, I told you I liked his

This is not exactly what the finished product is going to look like - I went with a larger freezer than originally planned so that I could get the desired number of kegs in it. The proportions are slightly different, but you get the idea!

The Keezer will be on casters to allow for some portability, although it will be heavy enough that it can't can't be considered 'mobile.'

In the base, there will be a cooling fan that draws air down over the sides of the freezer to draw away heat generated by the compressor. I was not aware when I first started looking into this that todays freezers use the exterior skin to shed heat, and that placing wood directly against it would seriously shorten the life-span of the compressor. Luckily, some sage advice was given on HBT, and a cooling fan was designed in! It will be wired in with the compressor to the Ranco, so whenever the compressor kicks in, so does the cooling fan.

I plan on posting periodic updates and photos as the project progresses.
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To kick things off, here are a couple of photos:

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If it was 1/2" wider or deeper, I could fit 8. As it is, 7 fit comfortably, and since I only want 5 taps it's not an issue.

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Old 06-06-2007, 03:23 PM   #3
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Looks good. You still have room for a CO2 tank & regulator in there too.

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Here's the plumbing, minus the CO2 manifold - I'm completely rethinking it now that I have the seven secondary regs. In the photo is tha faucets (as seen before) and shanks nuts and tails, some cheapo handles, the secondary regs, and gas line and beer line.



the rope light is going to be recessed between the wood that the faucets are in, and the tiling behind the backsplash

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Yeah, you'll never need seven different pressures. You can put T's so that you have pairs of pressures.

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It is going to be awesome to see all the projects people make with the cheap secondaries. Looks like you got a bit of work ahead of you, should turn out great.

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Yeah, you'll never need seven different pressures. You can put T's so that you have pairs of pressures.
I know, but they were so damn inexpensive I couldn't resist.
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This looks great. Very cool. On mine I hinged the top in front of the coffin for access and set the coffin back in order to maximize reach in space. I have not done anything about chilling the lines outside the freezer beyond insulation, but also have not found it to be an issue.

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Are we going to get 'cool' pics with the 'Keezer' on Thursdays soon?

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So I finally got in the guages for the manifold...



Time for me to get serious about this build!

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