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Joe C 03-29-2009 10:07 PM

Project Monsterator! (Page 1 updated with index)
 
Well, I decided it was time to man up and build a kegerator. It's pointless to keg and not have anywhere to pour a beautiful pint from.

So I decided to go all out.

A slight preview of what's to come...
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...Picture001.jpg

Here's 13 kegs and a 20lb tank. It's a 20cf freezer.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...Picture002.jpg

Johnson A419, Bottle opener that says "homebrewed" on it, bottlecap catcher, (3) Perlick 425SS taps, and a bunch of o-rings.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...Picture009.jpg

My intention is to have 12 taps once it's all completed. Items on the list for purchase include:
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Here is a rough idea of what I'm looking at creating...While it's not for everyone, it'll definitely make it one of a kind.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...idfreezer2.jpg

I will be updating this as parts come in, and once I have a complete sketch designed. I'm not 100% if I want to have the tank inside our out yet, but we will see.

Here is an outline for those who want to find specific information:

Overall Parts List
First Equipment Coming In (Shanks, tubing, quick disconnects)
CO2 distribution, first (of a million) home depot runs
Sanding/Prepping/First Staining
Lid Priming and First Mockup of the Collar
Bar Design
Initial Testing for shank hole size
Lid customization, Cutting of the holes for the shanks, Collar assembly
Arrival of the 575SS!!!
Tail piece assembly
Mounting the collar to the lid!!
Weather stripping install to ensure a closed lid
Wiring Up Johnson A419 and setting up temperature specs
How to solve rust problems with an Old Keezer???
Rust begins to disappear
Rust is gone!!
PAINT!!!!!!!
How to run lines (and make them look GOOD!)

Joe C 03-29-2009 10:09 PM

I didn't take any pictures before I took the top off or clean it, but it was a MESS when i got it!

Here is a parts list:
20cf Freezer
(12)Perlick 575SS Creamer Faucets
(12) 4" SS Shanks
(12) Tailpieces for the shanks
(1) Homebrewed bottle opener
-Several 2x4's stained for the collar (Extra for test fitment)
-Johnson A419 Temperature Controller
-60' CO2 Line
-60' Beverage Line
-20lb CO2 tank
-(2) 6-way co2 distributors
-(12) "IN" quick disconnects
-(12) "OUT" quick disconnects
-(2) packages of weather striping of your choice.
-2-way regulator
-Hose clamps... lots of them
-Tie downs for beer/co2 line
-Tap handles (various, it's up to you!)
-Casters (It's up to you if you want these!)

-KEGS!! Tons of them!!!

ChshreCat 03-29-2009 10:10 PM

A kegerator in a kilt!

zac 03-29-2009 10:16 PM

I like it. Subscribed!

SowegaBrews 03-29-2009 10:45 PM

plaid is in! have you thought about doing a big cabinet tower? i mean if you're gonna go all out you might as well go all out right?

llazy_llama 03-29-2009 10:48 PM

That is going to be one bad-ass keezer! I'd ask if I could come test it out when it's finished, but your basement looks like something out of a horror movie. :eek:

Joe C 03-29-2009 10:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SowegaBrews (Post 1227373)
plaid is in! have you thought about doing a big cabinet tower? i mean if you're gonna go all out you might as well go all out right?


I prefer to have the unit set up this way. I forgot to mention that the top will have a stripe of chaulkboard paint in it so that we will be able to write exactly what is inside of it.

I will also be purchasing 1 sankey tap so that in case there's a party I can switch to a non-corny keg.

Quote:

Originally Posted by llazy_llama (Post 1227376)
That is going to be one bad-ass keezer! I'd ask if I could come test it out when it's finished, but your basement looks like something out of a horror movie. :eek:

I rent a house that is roughly 100 years old and the owner hasn't taken care of it.

This is how we ferment. It's a heated blanket.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...r/IMG_1316.jpg

llazy_llama 03-29-2009 11:01 PM

Well, I can't wait to see the finished product. I'm pretty jealous of the size of that keezer, but when I finally get around to building one, it'll be modeled after that one.

Subscribed. :mug:

Joe C 03-29-2009 11:36 PM

So here are a couple more pictures for reference.

I'm lucky enough that the top completely separates (with the seal) so I won't have to worry about removal of stripping or the top.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...Picture012.jpg

My intention is to buy a thin piece of wood to cover the entire lid, so when it opens it will be wood rather than insulation.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...ure012copy.jpg
I will be putting the collar on the top, but this is just an idea of what I'd like to do.


Here's some of the problem that I'm dealing with with the freezer though....
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...Picture010.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...Picture011.jpg

Ouch! It will need to be sanded down pretty well.

I also contacted someone on ebay about picking up 9 more perlicks... I'm curious to see what price he comes back at me.

cyberbackpacker 03-30-2009 02:18 AM

I like the pericks you have already :mug:


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