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Old 09-15-2009, 04:36 AM   #1
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Default upright freeze has coils in the shelves, my keezer build

so at first i was thinking well, i'll turn the freezer on its back, let it settle for 24 hours then plug it in and see if it still works. thought on that for a while, thought nah, i don't want to risk it. then i thought about maybe bending the shelves out of the way and use it like that. thought on that for a little bit. this thing has been sitting in the garage since i got the family up here. i smoke in the garage since its a no kids zone so every time i step out there i stare at this thing.
well about a half pack of smokes ago i got to thinking, what if i just carefully bend my keg tubes to pull off the side instead of pulling off the bottom and i'll just lay the kegs down on thier side. then build a keezer collar just like you would a chest freezer. instead of mounting the taps on the collar i'm going to put them in the door.
heres what this old monster looks like:



only thing i'm really worried about so far for this build is the strength of the shelves. i think i'm going to need a bit more bracing than what it has, but if i do every thing right, i should be able to make this work with about the same supplies that you would need for a chest freezer build.


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as i get more into the build i will post more pics. i'm going to try and go step by step on this just incase anyone else doesn't want to bend the tubing. all the pics for this project have captions explaining every thing

any ideas are totally welcome. this should be a fun and interesting build.

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Old 09-15-2009, 05:35 AM   #2
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I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I will say that you NEED check valves on your gas lines if you do this. Since your gas in is way more susceptable to being below the beer line, any pressure drop on the tank side will result in beer shooting toward your regulator.

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Old 09-15-2009, 06:13 AM   #3
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and i've been thinking about that problem, thats why the keezer isn't going to be level, its going to be tilted back so that the kegs are at an angle, i'm going to mark all my kegs so that the gas line in is at the top and above the liquid. if i need to i will get some new gas dip tubes and point them up towards what will be the new top of the keg when i put the keg on its side.

good input, thanks

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Replacement dip tubes are expensive. I would get a chest freezer before choosing this method.

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:08 PM   #5
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Well, I'd build some sort of stand and turn the freezer the same way as a chest freezer. Just make sure the hot side coil (if there is one on the back side of the freezer) isn't enclosed so it can release the heat properly. You're risking far less this way (when it is a useless thing now) than exposing the gas lines to a possible beer bath.

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If laying an upright freezer on it's back for transport can damage it, I really don't think that running one laying on it's back will work.

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Well, I'd build some sort of stand and turn the freezer the same way as a chest freezer. Just make sure the hot side coil (if there is one on the back side of the freezer) isn't enclosed so it can release the heat properly. You're risking far less this way (when it is a useless thing now) than exposing the gas lines to a possible beer bath.
Where the coolant settles in the system when the compressor is off matters. You could end up bricking the compressor.
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Here is what I'm thinking. Put the gas side down and dispense from the gas side. If necessary you could put a short piece of hose on the gas tube that could then bend down to the side of the keg. That way your not making any permanent changes to the kegs.

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What a small world - my brother and I just got (I think) the exact same freezer for free from a family friend. Instead of a keezer though, we're going to use ours for fermenting and aging. It took us several hours, but we carefully managed to bend all of the shelves out of the way to make a huge space to put fermentors.

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Someone else reported that the shelves work as they are if you ferment in Vittles Vault fermenters.

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