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Old 01-27-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Now I'll say that right now I do not brew my own beer. I hope that will change here in the near future. As soon as I finish the many projects that I have started right now. At least thats what I'm told. I do however enjoy beer very much. One of my current projects conveniently helped me convince the wife to convert the garage into a man cave. Moving our bar from inside the house to the garage to keep it away from the little one was an idea of mine. I host poker night at our house once a month or so also and so last year I decided to build a couple poker tables that I was dismantling and reassembling once a month. So now that I have taken over the garage I will keep them up all the time.

I also started to think that it would be cool to have a kegerator in there too. I started doing research and started looking for a mini fridge to convert. I figured converting one myself would be cheaper than buying one of the nice new fancy ones. Well my research sot me going and then led me to converting a chest freezer. I thought this would be great because then I could have mutiple beers on tap. Well I started thinking I would do two towers with double taps on them. I had all the equipment picked out and I just kept holding off on hitting complete order. I was glad that I waited because as I kept looking for ideas I fell upon the Jester Keezer. I started looking at everyone elses variations and decided thats what I was going to do. I started trying to figure out how I would complete the build to incorporate some of the things that I was hoping to do with my original idea. I decided to pull the trigger and ordered the parts. I got lucky and the same day I ordered the parts I was looking on Craigslist for the freezer and came across a 23 cu ft freezer. I had been looking and looking waiting for a larger one to pop up at a reasonable price. I jumped on it at once.

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Works good, no rust it's a little older so I am hoping it doesn't crap out on me as soon as I get it finished like I've seen others say. I wasn't sure where to start. I had 30" of clearance inside the freezer so I wasn't going to need a collar. I thought about adding one anyways just in case for future expansion. I was looking at the hinges and realized that they were different than any of the pictures I had seen on here. They are pretty heavy duty bar they comes out of the wall of the freezer runs through the lid and goes back int the wall of the freezer on the other end. So I decided to not even mess with it. I Built a base with wheels and the lower skirting first.

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I haven't attached the skirting to the base yet. I'll have space at the bottom, top and a 2 inch gap between the freezer and skirting. Hopefully this will help keep some air flow. If not I'll add the fan.

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I started on the top next. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do, because I knew I wanted to have a door on the top that opened so that I could keep cold glasses and some bottled beer inside and be able to access it easily enough. I also didn't want the coffin to look weird and be off center. So I decided that part of the top would have stone and the other side would be wood so that the coffin would be centered in the stone and the access door would be cut out of the wood half.

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I decided that I would go with 5 taps even though I am only plumbing 4 currently (You never know when your going to want more and I wanted it to look right from the start). I am hoping that I will actually be able to brew my own and thats when I will expand to that 5th tap. I went with the Perlick 525 SS after looking around a little. I had a hard time deciding whether to just go with a 4 - way manifold or spend the money and do the 4 - way secondary regulator. I bit the bullet and went with the regulator since I'll have a variety of beer on tap and would like them all to come out right. May not be necessary but I did it anyways.

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Unfortunately I have been limited to working on it a little at a time with work and being gone on the weekends. Also waiting for the drip tray so I could start making the cuts. Since it was supposed to be on the first order but they forgot to ship it. Hopefully things will start to move faster. I can hardly wait til it is done and I get to pull that first draft. I'll update as I progress.

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Old 01-27-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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I noticed that you have 4 sanke couplers. Just FYI, most homebrewers keg in cornelious soda kegs for convenience - they are easy to fill and easy to clean.

You CAN keg homebrew in a sanke keg, but they are a bit more work (I would say PITA) to fill and clean. Once you start homebrewing, you may want to look into grabbing some corny kegs and couplers, but keep the sanke couplers for your commercial kegs.

The build looks great! I want to pull the trigger on a keezer. I'm very handy, and could definitely pull off most of the build, but I'm am very shaky on my woodworking skills, which is the only thing stopping me.

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Old 01-27-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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Yeah I would be switching a couple taps when the time comes. Depends on how much time I get to spend on my hobbies.

I don't have much in the way of woodworking skills but it hasn't stopped me yet. Just makes it slow going. This is only the third woodworking project I have taken on. The first two being poker tables that turned out fairly well so I haope the finished product will be good. The staining and finishing is what gets me.

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Old 01-27-2012, 06:42 PM   #4
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Gorgeous!

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Nice work so far! I'm looking forward to following your build. The skirt looks fantastic.....can't wait to see the coffin and rest of the top come together. I love the split to idea! Have you thought much about how you are going to cool the coffin to keep the beer lines and tap shanks cold? If not, I can offer some suggestions. Good luck!

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #6
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Yeah I have definately been looking at the options and thinking about how I want to cool the coffin. Right now I am thinking of insulating the whole thing and seeing how that works and then maybe add a fan from there. I am still a little undecided.

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I went the same route as you. I built a keezer with the hope of brewing eventually. I went with a four tap sanke system with quick disconnects so I can switch to ball lock when the time comes. I actually got the keezer idea from this website, and also got the bug to brew form here. I am brewing my first beer tomorrow.

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Nice. I currently have a 16 cuft keezer with a simple collar, 4 taps. I plan on remodelling it ala Jester but until I finish the basement can't be bothered to put the effort into something that is basically just hidden away. I too plan on an access door for bottles so will be interested in seeing how you finish this off.

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:06 AM   #9
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Yeah I was definitely content to just go the commercial route with all of the great local beers around me but when I found this site it definitely made me want to give brewing a shot. Hopefully it won't be to long before I give it a go. But it would be nice to at least finish the keezer first for serving.

As for the trap door I want to put in the top I have run a few ideas past people in order to come up with the best sealed solution. I think the one I have settled on right now will definitely work. I need to draw it up and look at it to make sure, because it all works in theory. Once I have the drawing I'll post it to give some ideas.

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Old 01-31-2012, 04:48 AM   #10
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So I spent the weekend with the family in the mountains and made a little time to work on my keezer when I got home. I started working on the coffin and I just have to make to hide the secondary regulator. Here are the progress pics.

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Its finally starting to move along, not fast enough though.

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