The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > My kegerator

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-05-2011, 10:31 PM   #1
notrealdan
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Brighton, CO
Posts: 23
Liked 4 Times on 2 Posts

Default My kegerator

Hi everyone,

I've been working on this project for about 6 months now and I've been itching to show it off, but I decided to wait until it was done. Well, it's done! Here's my kegerator/keezer:



To access the taps, open the small cabinet doors on the tower and you'll see this:



The black panels on the inside of the doors have chalkboard paint on them, for a menu. The doors are there not just for aesthetics, but to keep my two cats from "accidentally" opening the taps. I think it adds a nice touch to the thing, though. It does limit what I can use as tap handles, but I like the simple black handles.

I owe a lot of inspiration to several of you on this forum. I spent some good, long evenings reading hundreds of threads here, soaking up info as I designed this. Thank you for all the ideas!! I'll add some under-the-hood pics and technical info next.

So, what do you think?

__________________

Last edited by notrealdan; 07-05-2011 at 10:35 PM. Reason: Updated first pic with a better one.
notrealdan is offline
3
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2011, 10:37 PM   #2
RC0032
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,134
Liked 15 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Goddamn cats!! I wait for the day that do that to me...

and WOW! Very nice!

__________________
RC0032 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
jsguitar
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jsguitar's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Overland Park, KS
Posts: 1,015
Liked 92 Times on 71 Posts
Likes Given: 411

Default

Holy cow that's awesome! I love that design.

__________________
jsguitar is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2011, 11:03 PM   #4
shelly_belly
Easy Wind
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
shelly_belly's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Rabbittown, Bama
Posts: 1,452
Liked 113 Times on 90 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

That's a mighty fine looking scratching post you got there!

__________________
shelly_belly is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2011, 11:10 PM   #5
notrealdan
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Brighton, CO
Posts: 23
Liked 4 Times on 2 Posts

Default

The wood (the wood that shows, anyways) is all red oak stained with Cherrywood gel stain from Minwax. The tiles, including the backsplash, are porcelain and have a nice texture to them. I originally wanted to go with natural stone, but it would have been much heavier and MUCH more expensive.

The freezer is the 7 cubic foot GE from Home Depot and sits on a 2x6 dolly with casters. The freezer *just* fits 4 corny ball lock kegs on the floor (though only 3 are in the pics) plus the CO2 tank on the bump. Its controlled by a Love Controls device, visible behind the tap handles. Here's a pic of the inside of the freezer with the tubing, regulators, etc.



The lid is really heavy, so when it was all assembled, I decided I needed a safe way to keep the lid open, ensuring that the whole thing wouldn't fall backwards (it very nearly did, twice) or fall closed on me. I got two lift-assist gas springs, one for either side. Now the top is easy to open and will not open too far. They were custom made by Lift Support Technologies in Canada (http://www.customgassprings.com/) and were pretty affordable considering (about $150 total, delivered).



The only catch with the gas springs is that they were so strong that they were able to lift the freezer straight up in the back and tipped it forward. It would only do this with the freezer empty, and solving this problem was pretty easy. I attached small chains from the freezer hinges to the base that the freezer sits on. Here's a pic of the back of the unit:



More to come. If you have any questions about the build, let me know!

__________________
notrealdan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2011, 11:14 PM   #6
AZ_IPA
PKU
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 41,741
Liked 5984 Times on 5252 Posts
Likes Given: 673

Default

Looks great! Well done!

__________________
AZ_IPA is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2011, 11:24 PM   #7
FoundersBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Rockwall, TX
Posts: 222
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Thats Awesome!!

__________________
FoundersBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-06-2011, 12:45 AM   #8
shortyjacobs
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,511
Liked 29 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Very nice! Love the doors, and the LOVE position.

__________________
Itchy Dog Brewery.

(As of 10-24-2011)
Primary - Steppe 112 PA, 2x Monday RyePA
Aging - None :-(
On tap - Big Dog, Apfelwein, Steppe 112 PA

My invisible AG sculpture, with no actual sculpture and a tiny footprint.
My Kegerator goes offroading!
My Coors Home Draft dispenser for boating/beering on the go.
shortyjacobs is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-06-2011, 01:00 AM   #9
EarthBound
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Beer Capital of the World
Posts: 984
Liked 10 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 84

Default

Wow! Amazing job!

__________________

"You can do anything you set your mind to when you have vision, determination, and an endless supply of beer."

EarthBound is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-06-2011, 01:39 AM   #10
Junkster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: North Central, Ohio
Posts: 508
Liked 30 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Wow to the 10th power! Nicely done, indeed!!!

I'm assuming the condenser coil for the freezer is beneath the outer metal skin of the unit. Since you've enclosed 3 sides, is the airspace between the wood and the unit enough or did you have to add a small fan somewhere to push the warm air away?

__________________
Junkster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bar or Kegerator? slater DIY Projects 3 03-27-2011 04:25 PM
Kegerator help... please Satansfx DIY Projects 7 10-08-2010 01:36 PM
Possible Kegerator? FreakinA DIY Projects 1 10-12-2008 04:02 AM
The DIY Kegerator Cheesefood DIY Projects 8 03-27-2007 01:31 PM
Kegerator Cheesefood DIY Projects 1 03-15-2007 02:40 AM