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  • Posted in thread: Add a Pump Kit in the works on 02-16-2013 at 12:49 AM
    Put together my own "add a pump without the pump kit." Complicated order but fantastic customer
    service as my packages quickly get tracking numbers. THANKS!

  • Posted in thread: FS - 2 SQ14 burners on 02-06-2013 at 06:33 PM
    I have two of the burners just like the link below. These are a perfect size for your
    keggles.One is brand new and still in the box and the other is used.$35/new$25/used in used
    one. Where are you in...

  • Posted in thread: Homebrew Club Fayetteville, NC?? on 12-21-2012 at 02:36 AM
    Anybody like the idea of having the first meeting at a brew pub that way we can talk the
    logistics of a club in person? Earlt jan sound good?I like this idea as well. Count me in after
    the holidays.

  • Posted in thread: Homebrew Club Fayetteville, NC?? on 12-01-2012 at 09:35 AM
    I'd be in for after the holidays as well.

  • Posted in thread: Homebrew Club Fayetteville, NC?? on 09-18-2012 at 09:39 PM
    Add me to the list of potential Fayetteville brew club members. I am NEW to brewing but have
    started with a decent amount of brewing and kegging equipment and could host on occasion. I'd
    prefer to ser...

  • Posted in thread: New from FL/NC on 07-29-2012 at 06:25 PM
    Welcome from a New Member but native North Carolinian! Love the Asheville area & the brewscene
    there.

  • Posted in thread: Brian's Coffin Keezer Complete (with video) on 07-29-2012 at 02:45 PM
    Brian,Great job on the build & thanks for sharing the video! We are deep into the planning
    process and have narrowed down several factors to our keezer (which will have many similarities
    to yours). TH...

2 COMMENTS
Posted: 
August 1, 2012  •  03:31 PM
Hey lynb. I'm sending you a PM, so that I don't hijack the OP's thread by answering some of your questions. I personally prefer a cabinet built around the freezer, so that you can incorporate similar materials and trims to match your existing decor. IMHO, I wouldn't want a painted chest freezer sitting in my living room, kitchen, etc. even if it had a really nice decorated top. It would be fine in an unfinished basement or out in the garage, but isn't as classy as a full cabinet build....my 2 cents. With a 7 cu. ft. freezer, you should be able to put 4 corneys on the floor along with a 5lb. CO2 cylinder as well. It's a tight squeeze, but they will fit. I used a 7 cu. ft. GE for mine. Make sure you order a dual body regulator along with a 3 way mainfold, so you can have 3 serving kegs and a seperate gas line for carbing or serving different styles at different CO2 volumes.

It looks like the OP used tumbled travertine on his top with a glass tile backsplash. I used tumbled travertine then put a coat of high quality stone sealer on before I grouted and another 2 coats after I grouted. Sealing the stone prior to grouting will be much easier cleaing the grout out of the porous surface of tumbled travertine. Similar to the OP, I used an 18" LED rope light that I picked up at HD for less than $10. Simply create a recessed area under the taps with trim to hide the light. I installed a light switch on the side of the keezer to control the back lighting.

Now some personal preferences....If you go the coffin route, get a dual input/dual output temp. controller like a Love TSS2 by Dwyer. It is far more adventageous to be able to control the temperatures between the coffin and the keezer independent of one another. Often, having the coffin fans kick on only when the freezer compressor kicks on is not enough to maintain an adequate temperature differential between the two spaces, which will ultimately lead to foaming issues. Cold air obviously sinks, so even in a well insulated coffin, the cold air will fall back down through the portals when the fans are stagnant. It's much better to have a temp. probe in the coffin that controls the coffin fans independent of the freezer. Also, consider using 4" inductor fans compared to low voltage computer fans to increase air flow. Finally, make sure that you not only insulate the hell out of the coffin, but also try to decrease the amount of space needed to be cooled in the coffin by creating a channel out of insulation panels for the air to travel up out of the freezer, across the shanks, and exhausts back into the freezer.

Check out my thread in my signature line when you get a chance. My build is very rustic in nature and is not what you are looking for stylistically, but may be of benefit to you. My thread received a lot of traffic, so it's very long, but if you need me to point you in the right direction, let me know. Good luck and let me know if you need any help!

Hoppo
 
Posted: 
January 6, 2013  •  06:43 AM
@Hoppopotomus
Embarrassed that I just discovered this thoughtful note today! For some reason this post is listed in my profile as a comment, but not in my Private Messages Inbox??
We did build a great new addition to our kitchen's sitting area
and have brewed 6 5.5 gallon batches since September, the last being all grain. I learn more at HBT every day and greatly appreciate the contributions of members like you!
Thanks!
Brent
 
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