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Old 10-16-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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So I started homebrewing in August and it didn't take long for me to realize how much I hate bottling and bought a couple of kegs, then a chest freezer, and then I went crazy. I read tons of threads on here and compared everyone's keezer builds. I came up with my own plan based on what would require the least amount of tools and would be easiest for me to do. The only thing I've used up until now is a power drill.

I bought the 5.0 cuft Holiday Chest Freezer at Lowe's. I didn't want something too big and figured I wouldn't have more then three kegs on tap at a time.

I decided to build a collar that was attached to the lid because I have enough trouble lifting a keg and can barely get it in the freezer at it's current height. I don't want to have to wait for my boyfriend to be over to change out the kegs.

I got my perlick faucets, shanks, secondary regulator, and distributor from kegconnection. I bought my beer line hose from micromatic.

I knew I needed my collar to be 6 inches in height so I could put a keg on the hump in the freezer. I bought 1x6's at Lowes and my first mistake was not knowing that just because it's called a 1x6 does not mean it is 6 inches.
I ended up going back and getting 1x10's to make my collar.

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I tried using a power saw to cut the boards and the saw freaked me out so I did have my dad come by and help me cut the boards. That's the only thing I wasn't able to do on my own. I used liquid nails and clamps the boards and let it sit over night to dry.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:30 PM   #3
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Pictures?

Edit: Oooops. I'm impatient...

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I used screws to make sure the boards stay together and also put corner brackets on the boards. Then I used a light wood stain.




Since the boards are less then an inch thick I decided to use foam insulation and attached it with liquid nails.

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So far so good. Do you have a temperature controller?

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I went ahead and cut the stripping off the lid and I really liked the idea of using chalk board paint.






I used 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

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I used liquid nails to attach the collar to the freezer lid and then reused the stripping from the lid. I used liquid nails and a couple of screws to attach that also.

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I installed the faucets, and used screws to put the secondary regulator and distributer on the collar. The distributer I bought was fairly cheap so it didn't come in a manifold so I used some kind of pipe brackets I found at lowes to attach it to the collar.



Then I reused the freezer hinges and attached the wood collar.




I connected all my gas tubing and put my kegs in the freezer.



I haven't finished the beverage tubing. I'm going out of town for a week so the keezer won't make it's debut until Halloween. I didn't want to let everything sit in the lines for that long.

Tomorrow I'm going to attach a 19inch drip tray I purchased from http://www.barproducts.com for $24 with shipping.
I'm going to use epoxy to attach brackets to the front of the keezer and then attached the drip tray with velcro to the top of the bracket.

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So far so good. Do you have a temperature controller?
Yes, thanks I forgot to mention that. I got the standard Johnson one. It's attached to the back of the collar and I drilled a hole in the back for the probe to go through. I used silicone calk to seal the hole after I feed the probe through it. I couldn't figure out how to seperate the copper wire from the temp box so I had to drill a large hole to feed the probe through so that's why I ended up using the caulk.
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Nice work! Looks good. I quit brewing back in college because of bottling, haha. I came back to it AFTER I built my first kegerator.

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