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Old 09-02-2009, 01:24 AM   #1
Sep 2009
Atlanta, Georgia
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Hey everybody, I recently started working on a kegerator that my grandfather built about 30 years ago. It has been in a barn for about 20 years, and needed a little updating. I hope to have it completed in the next couple weeks.

I've posted pics on flikr, since I can't yet put img tags on HBT. Any feedback would be appreciated.

When it's done, I'll put a couple cornies in it, and I have a double faucet tower to put on top. I've got a single tower too, for when I need to serve a 1/2 barrel.

(If anyone has used 2-part liquid expanding polyurethane foam and has pointers, let me know. I plan on pouring tomorrow, if the weather is warm enough.)
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:34 AM   #2
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this is by far one of the coolest builds i have ever seen. this will end up so amazing. a true masterpiece AND part of family history. VERY cool!
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:36 AM   #3
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That is exceptional, I'm really very jealous! I wish my grandfather had kept some of the old whiskey barrels he used to make cider in, this would have been a fun project to try and duplicate.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:40 AM   #4
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Hah, I have a old whiskey barrel and was wanting to the do same thing, but I just don't have the money for a cool project. Good luck though!

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Old 09-02-2009, 03:07 AM   #5
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Should be an awesome build.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:26 AM   #6
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Wow, thats awesome.

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:27 AM   #7
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man, that is bad-ass. nice resurrect. can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:52 AM   #8
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careful with the expanding foam. you will have to do it in stages. do not try to do that all at once. the top will cure, the middle will stay wet, and with temperature changes will slowly expand and eventually buckle/break

i would fill no more than say 6-12 inches at a time, let it cure over night, and repeat until full. this will add a couple days to the build, but you will be happy in the long run.

also make sure the seams in the wood keg are sealed, or it will find its way out of them. you could duct tape them from the inside.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:23 AM   #9
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Wow, that is really neat. Great job!
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:54 PM   #10
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Yeah, Very cool idea, now you have me thinking of doing something similar! Keep the pictures coming!!!
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