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Old 06-13-2012, 01:29 AM   #31
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Awesome Build! The drip tray is a great touch too, where did you find one with the washer on the side?

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:59 AM   #32
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Awesome Build! The drip tray is an great touch too, where did you find one with the washer on the side?
I bought it from Beverage Time. They have several lengths from 8" up, i bought the 30". The materials and product quality are top notch.

I recommend this product.

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PS - When I was searching for the tray, I searched Google Images instead of the Web results. Often you will find the product by its picture easier than a straight search. Basically going in the back door.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:35 AM   #33
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Let's bump this thread. Any more progress

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:37 PM   #34
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Thanks for trying to Pimp the thread. The progress has been a little slow recently, but there are a couple of new things. 6 taps are now operational, one dedicated to soda water. That has been really nice throughout the summer to have for those midday flavored waters.

After having the keezer in the main basement area, I decided that it was indeed a massive piece of furniture and would be better suited in a dedicated brew/bar area. I had to trim down the depth of the top to fit through a doorway, but I now have the Keezer in the basement storage room that is quickly becoming my new brewroom. I'm not yet burning flame in the new brewroom, but I have all of my supplies in there including my fermenter. I've also moved the basement fridge into the same room since it holds my bottled beer, commercial beer, hops, and cleaned yeasts.

The items that have me hung up at this point are some design decsions.

- Final mounting of the Love Controller (but I think I'm going with the top side mount). This was the origional position I chose/cut for.
- Tthe electrical box and wire runs. Thinking back surface of coffin.
- A CO2 tank inside or out decision
- Framework for the hinges. I really don't want to over build the inner framework so I'm really chewing hard on this one.

It seems like a lot of indecsion, but it's really more of lessons learned along the way. So hang in there, the project won't die. It's just in an extended design phase, yet operational.

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Old 10-11-2012, 09:02 PM   #35
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no extra pics
Nice to read what the progress was.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:34 PM   #36
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Very nice build! I like the glass washer. Are you going to install tile to the top?

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Old 10-18-2012, 04:37 AM   #37
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Well your questions and pings have kicked me back into gear, thanks for that.

I mentioned recently that I'm going through some what I've learned and how I can redesign. One of the things I have found myself fighting is tubing and CO2. Origionally, my approach was to keep my CO2 tank inside of the Keezer. With that comes plusses and minuses. On the plus side, the tank is out of sight and CO2 supply lines are all inside. Those two might be the only positive items. Things I've learned or rememberd...
- A tank takes up valuable space inside the Keezer.
- Presure of a cold take reads low, almost useless readings.
- Turning off a line requires the Keezer to be opened.
- A tank out of sight is easy to loose track of how much gas you have left.
- Adjusting a regulator or turning on/off a line requires the lid to be opened. Opening the lid introduces moisture which leads to condensation.
- Lines becoming a web of knots.

I've now switched to a Tank outside approach because I think that this is a better design. Take notice of the single loose line coming off the left and read below.

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Recently, our city has had a couple of Growler Bars pop up. I've been buying a growler here and there for later enjoyment. As many know a Growler has a very short shelf life, especially after it's been opened. I can't say for sure, but I've yet to see one, so I'll call this a Keezer First! I've added a growler top off line directly to my CO2 system. This little baby does exactly what I want it to. I was looking for ways to represure a growler. I don't know if repreasure is the right word because they really aren't on preasure as soon as they are drafted. I came across a YT video where a tire valve can be added to a cap to repreasure a growler. This will help for not only growlers I buy, but my own homebrew that I take with me. I like having it tied into my CO2 system because the preasure is already regulated.

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It is as simple as buying the valve from a local auto parts store, drilling a hole, and screwing it together. The valve is a threaded valve, not a normal rubber pull though type. You can watch the video below and make one yourself.

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Thanks for pushing for updates, more coming soon.

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THAT....is a great idea!

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