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Old 04-15-2009, 01:41 AM   #1
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Hey All,

Here are some pics of my new keezer. Currently on tap: Haus Pale, Stone IPA Clone, Apfelwein.

It's a GE 14.8 cu ft freezer. I think it'll hold 8 kegs. Eventually I'll bump it up to 6 taps once I have enough of a pipeline to warrant that kind of action.

I set up a dual hinge design so I could easily lift kegs in & out if the collar & lid were open but also have the versatility to work on lines and easily lift bottles out with just the lid open.

I also used a dowel to gently hollow out the foam inside the freezer (being very careful not to puncture coolant lines) to run the LOVE control wiring down to the thermostat.

I still need a drip try and a manifold to accommodate more taps but it works just fine as is! I am having an issue with the compressor running a little too often for my liking so I might insulate the walls or something...

FYI, total cost for this thing was around $1200-$1500 - Freezer, Cornies (6), Tubing, Regulator, CO2, Taps, etc - EVERYTHING. I tried not to spare any expense - premium regs, Perlicks, LOVE Controller, etc. I ran 7' of beer line to each tap and haven't had ANY issues with foaming at all.


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Only Lid Open


Lid & Collar Open


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LOVE Wiring (White Cable)


Dual Hinge


First pour from the new keezer! (Stone IPA Clone)


SWMBO's Artsy Perlick Shot


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Hole for Wiring


Conduit w/ wiring in hole. I drilled a small hole on the inside of the freezer where the conduit ends, inserted a grommet & ran the lines through there. You can see the copper coolant line just above the gray conduit.

Thanks to everyone for their ideas and input. This was a blast!
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looks nice!
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very nice. thanks for the ideas. i'm building one also. love the dual hinge idea. the controller turned out very clean looking.
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Dual hinge FTW!!

I was thinking about this dilema, hinge w/ or w/o collar and this is a great solution!
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I like the perlick lineup shot!

Your Stone IPA came out a bit darker than mine... huh. I've never had the real thing, but I floated my keg of the clone in about 2 weeks

Nice keezer build!
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F'ing brilliant! Love the dual hinge innovation.
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+3 on the dual hinge, thats awesome.
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F'ing brilliant! Love the dual hinge innovation.
Thanks, I wondered why I hadn't seen it done on here before.

In hindsight, I didn't leave enough room for the weatherstripping so I have to clamp everything down after I open it or there are gaps toward the front and it seals a little to tight by the back. If I were to do it again, I'd put the weatherstripping on FIRST before I drilled holes for the hinges...

This thing was worth every penny - I hated bottling so I was brewing less because of that.


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