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Old 10-24-2012, 12:58 AM   #1
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I bought a GE 7 cubic foot chest freezer in order to build my keezer. I was able to get it cheap through my local Sears store. I figured it should fit about 3 or 4 corneys along with a CO2 tank. I had already bought a Johnson controls temperature control in order to control the temperature range within the freezer. Also, I bought a cheap digital themostat to keep track of the humidity and high/low temperature on a daily basis.

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Old 10-24-2012, 01:07 AM   #2
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I picked up two corny kegs and a CO2 tank from my local homebrew shop. I placed them in the freezer to see if I needed to actually build a collar. After looking at it the top of the CO2 tank was a bit too high plus once I attach the regulator it would get in the way.

I then removed the door to the chest freezer in order to take the dimensions for the collar. I plan on placing some weather stripping ontop of the chester freezer to ensure a good seal once the collar is placed on top.

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How did you get it to stick to the wall like that??

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Seriously though. What is the advantage of a converted freezer over a refrigerator? More keg space? Cause I can fit four kegs in my fridge and still have a freezer to store my hops and stuff in.

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Is that the $190 model they have on sale right now? I thought of grabbing one but it doesn't look like 4 kegs will fit, or will they?

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Below you can see the CO2 2-product regulator with the air hoses attached. For now I plan on having just two kegs to pump CO2 into. I plan on adding a stout tap later on, being that I love stout beers and would love to have a year round dedicated stout tap.

Then after taking measurements for the collar I cut the 2x4s. I decided against making a miter cut based upon the fact that even with the slightest mistake on the angle the pieces of wood would not fit together. I decided to simple cut the wood to the right length with my table saw and just used wood glue to ensure there was a good seal. I also used a few 90 degree angle clamps to ensure the wood was sealed correctly.

I then used a 7/8 drill bit to drill out the two holes for shanks. I just had to use my Dremel drill sander tool to smooth out the holes I drilled. Now it is time to get the collar attached to the keezer.

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Seriously though. What is the advantage of a converted freezer over a refrigerator? More keg space? Cause I can fit four kegs in my fridge and still have a freezer to store my hops and stuff in.
I like the fact that I don't have to worry about drilling through the fridge to ensure the insulation is not impacted. Also, I can still build it into a full bar in the future. With a fridge you can't really do that and I already have a secondary fridge right next to my keezer, so I am able to store plenty of beer, harvested yeast, hops and other brewing supplies.
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Is that the $190 model they have on sale right now? I thought of grabbing one but it doesn't look like 4 kegs will fit, or will they?
Yes, you can easily fit at least 4 kegs. If you really want to maximize your capacity I recommend using 2x8s to build a larger collar.
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I then was able to attach the collar and ensured that it fit well to the top of the keezer.

I simply reused the door hinges from the chest freezer, which actually worked well. I wanted to have the ability to lift the collar easily instead of just being able to lift the door to the keezer. You can see how the collar easily lifts when attached to the keezer. Now it is time to get the keezer door re-attached along with inserting the shanks and taps.

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Here is a look now that I have attached the shanks and chrome taps. I plan on buying some tap handles to utilize in the future, but for now the standard black tap handles do the trick. I plan on eventually staining the wood to give it a better apperance, but for now I just want to get it up and running. I know that it would be easier to do it up front, but I didn't want to delay getting the keezer built just based upon some aesthetic looks.

As you can see at the bottom I have a digital themostat. I still have to attach the beer lines, but we are making some progress.

I just was making sure I had proper clearance behind the keezer, so that when I lifted the collar or door the wall would not get in the way. Also, I wanted to try and get an idea for what type of length I need to leave for my beer lines.

Now I have finally have the beer line attached from my keg of Hefeweizen. Unfortunately, this was my first extract brewing experience and the burner was turned up too high and caused some scouring on the bottom. I poured a couple glasses and let the beer sit in the fridge for a few weeks until I had to give up on it. It was extremely burnt and tasted like smoke, so there was no chance a recovering it. As we all know home brewing is an experiemental process and this proved to be a great learning experience to do a better job a controlling the temperature on my burner.

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