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Old 04-22-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default My own Keezer build! Does this seem right?!

Got a craigslist find, and can't pass it up! So, I was parting out the hardware for it, and I just want to make sure I'm on the right track.
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I already have a kegging system for one keg w/ picnic dispenser & CO2 reg. (you experts will notice the parts don't add up)

So here's my parts list w/ prices:
2 x FFL Fitting (1/4") 3.98
1 x 35' Air Line Hose 1/4" (per foot) 17.50
3 x Barbed Liquid Disconnect (Ball Lock Keg) 17.97
1 x MFL Bulkhead (4") 10.49
4 x Chrome Shank (4 1/8") 71.92
3 x Barbed Gas Disconnect (Ball Lock Keg) 17.97
4 x Perlick Perl Forward Sealing Faucet 131.88
1 x Chrome Air Distributor: 4 Way (1/4") 59.99
1 x Dial Thermostat (Johnson Controls) 69.99
Total Cost of Items: $401.69

For those of you that already did a keezer, does this seem right? Am I shopping in the right place? Any advice pro or con would be greatly appreciated.
(deliberately left out the name of the company)

Here's the layout of the inside:

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Old 04-22-2010, 01:56 PM   #2
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You can get a Johnson temp controller for less at Brewmaster Warehouse (I bought 2 of them from him for $54.99). I get a lot of stuff from him come to speak of it.

although I also found a site for ball lock connects for real cheap (brewersdiscount.com). $3.85 each.

Make sure you take pics of the build!

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Old 04-23-2010, 01:31 AM   #3
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For those of you that already did a keezer, does this seem right?
You can crosscheck with my build cost sheet. If you want to know where I got a specific item, let me know and I'll dig it up.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/hbt-...ml#post1743956

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I may suck at reading, but I don't see the beer line listed, only the gas. Also, unless the shanks have the tailpiece welded on, you need those too. Also don't forget hose clamps.

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If you want to carb kegs and serve kegs, I think you'll need a dual regulator... Depending on how much you brew you may want another spiller so you can have two kegs carbing and 4 kegs being served.... Then again, don't know what size your freezer is... Also note - the perlicks probably do NOT come with tap handles... those are separate...

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If you want to carb kegs and serve kegs, I think you'll need a dual regulator...
Not necessarily. Lots of people (myself included) just set the pressure where needed for serving and let new kegs carb up at that same pressure.
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jlandin - thanks for the link! This thing will nickel-dime ya death huh? Not that I'm complaining I can't wait to get this thing going!!!

Quick Question - why did you go with the Love controller over a freezer thermostat?

MBasile - the 35' of Air Line I was hoping would cover both sides. In looking through some builds though, I noticed people using blue/red tubing from the CO2 bottle, and the clear plastic tubing I was getting for both sides, just on the dispensing side. What's the difference between the two?

I have a single regulator ATM. Was going to use it for both, like Walker said. And if needed add another, or maybe trade up later.

Keep the comments flowing, I like this alot.

Oh, added the freezer pic in my original post, too.

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Quick Question - why did you go with the Love controller over a freezer thermostat?
That thermostat would work fine. I went with the Love controller because I like having the digital temperature display on the side of the coffin. It's also nice being able to set the differential.

If I had to do it over again, I'd probably use one of these from Auber. I have these on my brutus and they are great.

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MBasile - the 35' of Air Line I was hoping would cover both sides. In looking through some builds though, I noticed people using blue/red tubing from the CO2 bottle, and the clear plastic tubing I was getting for both sides, just on the dispensing side. What's the difference between the two?

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You can use clear for both CO2 and liquid but unless you want really long lines (or really low carb levels) you won't want 1/4". Beverage line is generally 3/16". Additionally you will want beverage quality tubing and not "air hose". When I read "air line hose" my first thought was the rubber stuff I have on the air compressor. Good beverage line typically has a thicker outer wall than the thin walled vinyl tubing which helps prevent kinking.
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Quick plug for www.cornykeg.com, just got 4 cornies from these guys, and they are GREAT! They're refurbing COCA-COLA kegs, so they're a little shorter, and 1" fatter then the PEPSI kegs. They also manufacture and replace to ball lock sockets for them. They are color coded and the disconnects fit TIGHT! which is nice. I liked their sockets so much I bought 2 extra sets for the cornies I already have. I am local to them, so I drove down to the shop and picked em up. Shipping might be a bear though. But if you're looking for cornies, DEFINITELY give them a look.

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