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Newbeerguy 10-31-2012 11:11 PM

My 6 Tap Keezer
 
Ok guys/gals. Getting my 6 tap keezer build underway. Started off last night by getting a nice 13cf Kenmore chest freezer. Have some stuff, going to order the rest soon. Just wanted some tips and advice from others who have built one.

Here is what I already have:

Dual S/S Tower with Perlick 575SS
Dual Taprite Regulators with 5lb tank

Here is what I am thinking about getting:

2 more Dual S/S Towers with Perlicks
4-way air manifold (Off one of the regs for serving)
2-way air manifold (Off the other reg for force carbing or serving)
Johnson Temp. controller

Obviously I'll need gas hose and clamps, but how much hose per keg is usually enough? I was thinking 6 feet but wasn't too sure.

I looked at building a collar out of wood instead of the towers but cost/time wise it seems more of a hassle. Just wondering what you guys suggest.

Thanks and pics will follow!

Newbeerguy 11-04-2012 01:34 AM

Well after a few hours of reading and weighing pro's/con's I think I've decided to try building a collar for my keezer. My freezer is already tall enough to store the kegs without needing any additional height the collar adds so I think I am going to go with 2x4 inner collar and a 1x6 face board. I was planning on letting the 1x6 extend 2" below the inner collar to allow a friction fit on the body of the freezer. Would you still recommend sealing with silicone or weather stripping?

Also how far apart do you typically mount your taps? I am going to have 6 taps and I was thinking around 4 inches apart...does that sound ok?

Hulud 11-04-2012 04:35 AM

i dont know how deep your freezer is or if it has a bump for the compressor and internals but i used a 2x8 and a 1x8 face board and when i have a keg on the bump it barely fits. i have a 7 cuft freezer and it will fit 5 kegs in it with the collar.

rockinmarty 11-04-2012 05:22 AM

he wrote that he has a 13cf Kenmore so he won't have any problems.

brewguyver 11-04-2012 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Newbeerguy
Well after a few hours of reading and weighing pro's/con's I think I've decided to try building a collar for my keezer. My freezer is already tall enough to store the kegs without needing any additional height the collar adds so I think I am going to go with 2x4 inner collar and a 1x6 face board. I was planning on letting the 1x6 extend 2" below the inner collar to allow a friction fit on the body of the freezer. Would you still recommend sealing with silicone or weather stripping?

Also how far apart do you typically mount your taps? I am going to have 6 taps and I was thinking around 4 inches apart...does that sound ok?

Definitely silicone. Weatherstripping could work as well, but some moisture can get through into the kegorator. I recently had to caulk the inside of my keezer because the stripping wasn't doing its job - its way better now.

brewguyver 11-04-2012 05:53 AM

Oh - and building a collar can help you avoid voiding the warranty.

Also, measure the screw spacing for YE hinges on the back before you decide on 2x4 or 2x6 for the collar. Ideally you'd be able to screw the bottom two hinge holes into the freezer, the top two into the collar, and have the lid fit right. It helps keep the collar tight to the fridge.

Newbeerguy 11-04-2012 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by brewguyver (Post 4557072)
Oh - and building a collar can help you avoid voiding the warranty.

Also, measure the screw spacing for YE hinges on the back before you decide on 2x4 or 2x6 for the collar. Ideally you'd be able to screw the bottom two hinge holes into the freezer, the top two into the collar, and have the lid fit right. It helps keep the collar tight to the fridge.

Good point.

As for the hinges, if I was to screw them into the collar and freezer body, what is securing the collar to the lid? Just silicone? I anticipated on just having the lid lift up, not the collar as well. I wouldn't imagine that the hinges would be able to hold up the weight of the collar.

Newbeerguy 11-04-2012 11:14 PM

Almost got to work on it today.....got it out of the box though :D

http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/a...i/IMG_1385.jpg

Plenty of room for 6 kegs and my Co2
http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/a...i/IMG_1387.jpg

Can't wait to get started. Tomorrow after work going to Home Depot to get the wood for the collar.

brewguyver 11-05-2012 12:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Newbeerguy

Good point.

As for the hinges, if I was to screw them into the collar and freezer body, what is securing the collar to the lid? Just silicone? I anticipated on just having the lid lift up, not the collar as well. I wouldn't imagine that the hinges would be able to hold up the weight of the collar.

In my experience, the silicon is enough to hold the collar to the fridge, especially with a trim piece tight to the lip of the kegorator on three sides.

Here's a picture of the hinge setup.



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Newbeerguy 11-05-2012 01:12 AM

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Originally Posted by brewguyver (Post 4558955)
In my experience, the silicon is enough to hold the collar to the fridge, especially with a trim piece tight to the lip of the kegorator on three sides.

Thanks for the pic, that clears things up for me. Makes perfect sense now that I see it. I will make sure to measure and see what works best. My hinges look identical to the ones in your pics. Did you go with 2x6?


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