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Old 09-07-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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Truth be told, I've been waiting for months to write this thread and now I'm excited that I finally can! After years of pondering, a year of planning, 6 months of tinkering, and 1 harsh weekend of assembling and troubleshooting, I'm very happy to say I have a great keezer I'm super proud of.

Here is a documentation of my build.

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Here's what I started with. It was an old armoire my wife bought at a garage sale en route to furnishing her dorm room her freshman year. It has been a tv stand, clothes storage locker, art display, dry bar, an now, keezer!




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I removed the front door, removed the drawer supports, raised the drawer "floor," and secured the drawer "floor" 5 inches higher.



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Primary: Billy Corrigan Ale, malted cider experiment, Optimator clone
Secondary: Sorachi Ace IPA
Bottled: Dark Lord Clone Imperial Stout, Winter 2010 Spiced Ale Ambassador Brown Ale, Michigan Berry pLambic
Kegged: Old Woodward ESB, Strawberry Blonde
On Deck: Honey brown ale, dry stout
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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I lined the inside of the main "cooling chamber" with 2" r7.2 styrofoam insulation all the way around. I caulked the creases all around and once dry, covered each crease with duct tape.




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You guys joke around with this all you want, but let me tell you something: I tried making my own beer one time and wound up with herpes!


Primary: Billy Corrigan Ale, malted cider experiment, Optimator clone
Secondary: Sorachi Ace IPA
Bottled: Dark Lord Clone Imperial Stout, Winter 2010 Spiced Ale Ambassador Brown Ale, Michigan Berry pLambic
Kegged: Old Woodward ESB, Strawberry Blonde
On Deck: Honey brown ale, dry stout
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:12 PM   #3
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Next, I had to tackle the cooling unit. I used my 13 year old "dorm fridge" from college that hasn't been used in many years. It served me well and because it has had a long hibernation, it still works extremely well. The shell had to sacrifice, but the soul of the cooling coils live on!

I started by peeling back the aluminum skin with some fancy new tin snips and digging through the foam to pull out the cooling "guts." It was not difficult, but extremely time consuming. The biggest difficulty was starting the cut and making sure not to snip anything accidentally.






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You guys joke around with this all you want, but let me tell you something: I tried making my own beer one time and wound up with herpes!


Primary: Billy Corrigan Ale, malted cider experiment, Optimator clone
Secondary: Sorachi Ace IPA
Bottled: Dark Lord Clone Imperial Stout, Winter 2010 Spiced Ale Ambassador Brown Ale, Michigan Berry pLambic
Kegged: Old Woodward ESB, Strawberry Blonde
On Deck: Honey brown ale, dry stout
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:14 PM   #4
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Here is the completely removed compressor, coils, and condenser.



I built a platform and attached and installed the condenser coils inside the cooling chamber. The only thing I was unsure about during this entire process was what to do with the original thermostat. I didn't feel comfortable rewiring this unit as I have no electrical experience. This is not the thing I wanted to learn on. So, place the thermostat inside the cooling unit or keep it outside. I kept it outside, so it adds to a mess in the back, but it's out of the way.

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You guys joke around with this all you want, but let me tell you something: I tried making my own beer one time and wound up with herpes!


Primary: Billy Corrigan Ale, malted cider experiment, Optimator clone
Secondary: Sorachi Ace IPA
Bottled: Dark Lord Clone Imperial Stout, Winter 2010 Spiced Ale Ambassador Brown Ale, Michigan Berry pLambic
Kegged: Old Woodward ESB, Strawberry Blonde
On Deck: Honey brown ale, dry stout
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:16 PM   #5
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Next, I had to build a door to cover the cooling chamber. I also mounted the same insulation foam on the back of the door that I had used in the chamber itself. I tapered the door foam on a ~60* angle so that it could easily open and close without foam grinding on foam.



Because I was running a pipe from the chamber to the tap box, if I wanted to have a drawer, I needed to build it to custom dimensions to accomodate the piping.

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You guys joke around with this all you want, but let me tell you something: I tried making my own beer one time and wound up with herpes!


Primary: Billy Corrigan Ale, malted cider experiment, Optimator clone
Secondary: Sorachi Ace IPA
Bottled: Dark Lord Clone Imperial Stout, Winter 2010 Spiced Ale Ambassador Brown Ale, Michigan Berry pLambic
Kegged: Old Woodward ESB, Strawberry Blonde
On Deck: Honey brown ale, dry stout
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:21 PM   #6
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In order for the beer lines to run from the kegs up to my tap box, I needed to devise a "contained" path for them to follow. I decided on a 2" diameter PVC pipe to run directly from the cooling chamber to the top complete with cap.



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You guys joke around with this all you want, but let me tell you something: I tried making my own beer one time and wound up with herpes!


Primary: Billy Corrigan Ale, malted cider experiment, Optimator clone
Secondary: Sorachi Ace IPA
Bottled: Dark Lord Clone Imperial Stout, Winter 2010 Spiced Ale Ambassador Brown Ale, Michigan Berry pLambic
Kegged: Old Woodward ESB, Strawberry Blonde
On Deck: Honey brown ale, dry stout
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:11 AM   #7
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More!!!

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if its finished, WHERE ARE THE FINISHED PICS? Lookin GREAT!

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Here you will see most of the final pieces after the first coat of paint.



I decided not to use a stain for two reasons: 1) stain takes longer and I'm generally impatient. 2) This basic structure had been painted multiple times before. I had less than zero desire to strip it down to the bare wood as that would have been more trouble than it was worth.

I decided to go with a two-color paint job. The base coat was a medium brown with the slightest hint of red affectionately called "fudge." The top coat was done with super light strokes without much paint to allow the bottom coat to show through with a very dark brown color called "sasparilla." The idea being, that if nobody looked too carefully, the slight variation of colors from light to dark would be enough to give off the impression of actual wood stain. Not a perfect effect, but pretty darn good.



Here you can see the fully assembled and painted final product. You may be able to see the paint effect I am talking about, but if you can't, I think I did my job!

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You guys joke around with this all you want, but let me tell you something: I tried making my own beer one time and wound up with herpes!


Primary: Billy Corrigan Ale, malted cider experiment, Optimator clone
Secondary: Sorachi Ace IPA
Bottled: Dark Lord Clone Imperial Stout, Winter 2010 Spiced Ale Ambassador Brown Ale, Michigan Berry pLambic
Kegged: Old Woodward ESB, Strawberry Blonde
On Deck: Honey brown ale, dry stout
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