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Old 01-21-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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My Keezer Build:

Simple, but decent looking Keezer build! Trust me, if I can do this, anyone can. I’m going to go ahead and apologize for the wall of text, but my keezer turned out much better than expected, so this can be a template for anyone who might need it.

I measured the outside dimensions of the freezer (at the lid) and cut up a standard 2x8 to match my dimensions. Being lazy, I didn’t sand (the saw made the ends decently smooth). I did use a file to clear off any major rough spots.

I stained one side and the edges of each piece using some dark wood stain (to look good with my black freezer) and waited 24 hours. I then flipped them over and stained the other side. Because I used soft wood, this was plenty dark for me (I would probably do another pass for hardwood). I did stain the ends twice because I wanted them to be very dark at each side of the front (I made them visible on the front so the screws would be hidden, it turned out pretty nice).

Next, I did the same 2 day process for the polyurethane, except I left the top and bottom edges like they were (for a better seal with the liquid nails).

Once my wood was ready, I lined everything up and used pilot holes and 4” screws to attach each piece. I got a surprisingly good seal this way. The thing was rock solid, but I added some 90* angle brackets to really secure the thing.

Next, I measured my faucet locations. I spaced mine 5” on center. Once marked, I drilled my pilot holes and then drilled the holes with a cheap 1” wood bit. I only did 2 faucets at first, but ended up regretting it (luckily I spaced them knowing I would add the third in the future – one was in the center and the other 5” to the right).

After that I drilled a ½” hole in the back for my fan power and temperature probe. For air circulation, I used a computer fan spliced into a cell phone charger that runs constantly. I didn’t plan ahead and wired the fan up before drilling the hole. Of course my fan didn’t fit through the ½” hole, so I had to cut the wires and do it again (not too much trouble, but stupid nonetheless). I used some heavy-duty double sided foam mounting tape to attach the fan to the collar, and that thing is surprisingly solid.

I removed the screws attaching the lid to the freezer and took it off. I unscrewed the plastic underneath the lid and removed the rubber seal. I lined up the rubber seal around the opening and then applied a strip of liquid nails all the way around. I carefully set the collar on the rubber strip and lined everything up, making sure the collar was flush against where it would be attached to the hinge in the back.

Next it was simply a matter of applying another strip of liquid nails around the collar and placing the lid on top. I added a bunch of weights to the top (being careful not to dent the lid) and waited 2 hours for it to set. After that, everything was solid. I attached the collar to the hinges using two 1-¼” screws for each hinge. It is quite sturdy.

I inserted the temperature probe and plugged the freezer into my thermostat and the thermostat into the wall. It is currently set on 40* and doesn’t kick on very much at all. I just used a piece of paper towel to fill the hole for the temp probe.

I used Perlick faucets and installed them through the holes. I had a carboy full of apfelwein and a carboy full of American Brown Ale which I had previously kegged since I got my equipment from Keg cowboy a week earlier. I had hooked the gas up at 20 psi at room temperature so it would be semi carbed. I turned the gas down to 12psi and put everything into the kegerator. I hooked the beer lines to the faucets and got everything working. I only had one traumatic issue (that resulted in a loss of about a gallon and a half of delicious beer), but luckily Jeff at Keg Cowboy is incredible and came over that day to replace a leaky faucet (Perlick’s are wonderful, but there is a 1 in a million chance you get a defective one). Now that’s service!

I cleaned up and now I have delicious beer on tap! A few days later, everything is at the right temperature and carbed up nicely

I am now in the process of installing a drip tray and a third tap. My regulator has 4 outlets so I can have 3 beers on tap and a 4th carbing using the set and forget method.

Here are some rough cell phone pictures (better ones to follow):





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Old 01-21-2010, 05:20 PM   #2
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Nice write up and nice keezer! Love the black with the dark stains that I have been seeing lately

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Old 01-21-2010, 05:23 PM   #3
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Thanks! Originally it was going to be banned to a closet off of the living room, but SWMBO saw it and decided it can stay in the open. Hooray!

I forgot to mention that I did add 8 felt feet on the bottom so it slides easily on the hardwood floors without scratching.

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Here are some newer (but still crappy quality) pictures of my keezer with the third tap and drip tray.









These are the custom handles I made to match the keezer that SWMBO informed me we can't use because they are dirty (What would company think!)...

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Old 01-27-2010, 06:49 PM   #5
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Questions on how you installed the drip tray?

Did you drill, glue, other method?

Looks good. I like the black and dark stained wood combo.

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I used some 5 minute epoxy and three 4" x 4" x 1/2" wide angles. I used black hammered gloss spray paint to paint the angles. The epoxy strength was 250 psi which would yield a strength of about 500 lbs for each angle. I don't think that thing is going anywhere. I used a small piece of velcro on top of each angle to keep the drip tray from sliding around and still be cleanable.

The key is to measure carefully so all three angles are level. I didn't want to tray to move around.

To be sure it was sturdy, I tested it about an hour after attaching the angles, and it held 3 full pint glassed without any hints of moving.

Here is the drip tray I used: http://barsupplies.com/stainless-ste...ray-p-349.html

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I hope you do add additional photos - that is inspirational! I am thinking about buying the new ganged battery of regulators from kegcowboy http://www.kegcowboy.com/products-pa...lator-battery/ because it is quite a bit lower ($70 vs. $109) than any other regulator series that I have found. Are you happy with their products?

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:16 PM   #8
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...Are you happy with their products?
I can't say enough good things about Jeff and kegcowboy. I called him multiple times (I'm not sure how much of his time I wasted) while putting the kit together, and he helped me put the perfect kit together for my needs. I got unlucky and got one of the very rare leaky Perlick Faucets. He got my address and came over the same day to replace the faucet (he is based in Houston).

Another thing, when he was putting my kit together the 3 way manifold I ordered was leaking. When I came to pick up my equipment, he gave me a four way splitter and an extra gas line and Ball Lock disconnect at no cost. He really goes out of his way to make sure his customers are happy.

I will add more pictures,soon but my camera is MIA.
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More pics please

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Here are some more pictures:









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