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Old 07-12-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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My brain is working WAY faster than my hands right now. After being jealous of BrewPastor's altar and envying Jester's keezer build, I decided to put some ideas down on virtual paper. I have a 15 cu ft Kenmore chest freezer awaiting transformation to a 6-9 tap keezer (it holds 8 or 9 Cornelius kegs and is tall enough to work without a collar). It will double as a bar, jutting out peninsula-style from the adjoining wall. For that reason, BP's and Jester's designs don't work well. I considered putting the taps on an octagonal pedestal in the dead center of the bar top, but every iteration of that design just looked awkward. So, I settled on a design with the taps on one end. The cabinet will be about 10" longer than the freezer itself to accommodate a 20 lb CO2 cylinder and a 40 cu ft Nitrogen (or Argon) cylinder. A couple of fans will facilitate cooling/circulation for the compressor. Temperature control will be courtesy of a Ranco ETC-111000.



Can you tell I REALLY liked Jester's design? I even plan on using rope lighting under the taps in a similar manner. Nice job, Jester!

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Old 07-12-2009, 04:46 PM   #2
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That looks great. Will it be awkward to access the taps with that much counter in front of them?

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Old 07-12-2009, 04:53 PM   #3
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Yuri; your keezer is exactly what i've been looking for in design not wanting a collar plus the capacity to handle my corny's as I plan on 10 and 15 gallon corny brew batches. I have four 20# Co2 bottles, but could not pass up a owner owned 150 cu/ft Argon bottle for $30. That will be a problem for my stouts unless in the wash room with a gas line to the keezer.
Will you post dimensions on this build once tou get started? I'm very intrested
in your build. This is what I had in mind on many notes as a single unit with a bar above.
I now know now not mention my dislikes for collars as I received not to favorable replies by many members. That was cool we all have our different ideas and designs. This one you just posted please add your progress reports and pictures as this would be a design I would like to follow and build.
I have a spare granite top that's perfect but would need a big crew to lift off, (bad back here), I was thinking of adding a spill rail around it.
You must add a brass foot rail at the bottom.
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:54 PM   #4
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I've been standing by the freezer and measuring a lot. The center tap should be quite accessible. The farthest reach will be less than 20".

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Some details:

White Kenmore 14.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer
Sears item #04616542000
Mfr. model #1654

Freezer dimensions:
48" long x 27.5" wide x 35" tall

Proposed bar top dimensions:
64" long x 39.5" wide

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The farthest reach will be less than 20".
How close are your taps? The tap collars are ~2.5", which comes out to 20" if everything is touching. On 3" centers (what seems to be the closest spacing with a reasonable amount of room) the reach comes to 24" from the closest tap (which is longer considering the closest tap is not at the edge of the bar).
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Tap collars??? The faucets/shanks I have only require a brass lock nut about 1" in diameter. In the drawing, the taps are on 2-5/8" centers, and the pedestal is 25" at its widest. No matter what, the reach to the center tap (remember, you can stand on both sides of the bar) will not be greater than half of the entire width of the 39.5" bar top...

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Thanks Yuri for the added information.
later can you post the tap tower build
when it's under construction and completed?
Will a small computer fan be needed for the
tap coffin even with the bottom being fully open
and a large rectangle of area with the liquid lines?
I'll be following this build with great intrest.

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I'm envisioning about a 2-3" hole for the beer lines. I'll probably put a fan in the freezer and duct it into the tower. I had great success with a similar system in my kegerator.

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Tap collars??? The taps I have only require a brass lock nut about 1" in diameter. In the drawing, the taps are on 2-5/8" centers.
That makes sense. The word I was looking for was shank flange (black plastic on the outside end of the shank). All of my shanks have them, and it would look funny if they were on 2.5" centers because they would touch.

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