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SCBrewster 01-17-2013 04:33 PM

Kegerator or keezer project
Thinking about building either a kegerator or a keezer. Haven't really decided which. I really think I only want/ need 2 taps but if I do the keezer I would have the option to expand. I would also like to build a cabinet around it to make it look nice. Any idea what this will run me?

beaksnbeer 01-17-2013 08:28 PM

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If your not in a hurry I did mine for under a grand

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ClemsonDV 01-17-2013 09:31 PM

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I actually just finished my 2 tap keezer. You can probably do it for under $500 depending on how you want it to look and what you have. I did it all myself and was a NOOB at it, but it turned out nice. You can get a CL freezer for under $100 and the inside equipment for $250 (depending on your choices and CO2 size (got mine CL too)). Then its adding a collar, insulating, and installing a temperature controller. Easily done under $500. I ended up making a fermentor with another freezer and matched it to the keezer.

pannell77 01-17-2013 11:06 PM

did mine, link in signature, for about $400 with a craigslist purchased freezer for $50.

SCBrewster 01-18-2013 12:46 AM

I am thinking about doing something in between the two. I like the bar like set up but definitely only need 2 taps and one would probably be fine but I'd rather have two. I like the tile backsplash and that whole set up. Also like the chalkboard paint!. Well if I can do it under $500 that would be awesome!

SCBrewster 01-18-2013 12:50 AM

Soooo ready to start kegging though. So over bottle conditioning and waiting forever

Jersh 01-18-2013 02:27 AM

If you go the keezer route and decide to build a cabinet to encase the entire thing, you're going to spend more money than you plan on, at least that's been my experience with my 2 keezer builds (in the middle of my second build now). IF you only want two taps why not just go with a simple kegerator, you can do that for much cheaper than a fully encased keezer. Bottom line, is if you're starting from scratch, you're going to drop some coin...

kegs - $40-$50 each

faucets - $40 or so each if you go with Perlicks or something similar... you do get what you pay for when it comes to faucets, the cheaper faucets will get sticky if they sit for a while without being used, then after you get the shanks, nipples, beer line, disconnects, etc you're going to spend at least another $20 per tap, probably more. So you're already close to $250 and still need a C02 tank, which can be found on CL if you're lucky, and then you need the freezer or fridge. So now you're over $350, and if you decide you want to build a cabinet you have to factor in lumber, casters, screws, stain, sandpaper, etc....

purplehaze 01-18-2013 12:16 PM

I agree with Jersh, all the little things that it takes to build a keezer add up quickly. I even broke down the cost of my brothers keezer for him so he would realize the amount of cash it took. It ended up being around $850 for materials and that's with some second hand parts and cheap faucets.

After a couple of weeks the cheap faucets began sticking so he upgraded to perlicks. I would recommend starting with those so you don't have to buy faucets twice.

Good luck on the build

SCBrewster 01-18-2013 04:46 PM

Wow that does sound pricey. Maybe I will just go for the simple kegerator and then if I end up building a bar someday encase the kegerator in the bar and then run the towers up through. That might be the best option overall especially since i really don't have a ton of room for a huge bar at this time

SpentGrains 01-18-2013 04:54 PM

Be careful many keezers have been killed by improperly casing them in wood. Freezers dissapate heat on the outside walls, different than a fridge. Wood is a fairly good insulator, if there isn't sufficient air flow around the outside freezer walls its days are numbered.

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