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Old 12-11-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
May 2008
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Tis the season to say "Thank You" to all the homebrewers out there whose ideas and insights helped me to build my own keezer. I have not stopped by in many weeks and came back to a couple PMs regarding the pics I posted in the "Show us your kegerator" thread. Here is my story....

Two years ago, I did a speech in Toastmasters going over all the hobbies I had in the past (guitar, cartooning, poker, video games, saltwater fish, playing card manipulation, model making, writing, freshwater fish, motorcycle riding, juggling, etc). At the end of the speech, as a joke, I said my next hobby would be brewing beer.

After the speech, I googled "brewing beer" to check it out and came across a vibrant community around homebrewing. I started reading all I could and put a watch on CraigsList for a kit. After about a month, I found somebody selling a great starter kit for 75 bucks. It had all I needed -- bottles, carboys, wort chiller, aluminum pot, and more!

You all know the rest of the story, I got hooked brewing and eventually became interested in kegging. After finding an old Perlick unit on CL, I converted it to a dual tapper. I had Apfelwein on tap at all times and a beer on the other tap. Eventually, I yearned for variety. I decided on building a 10-tap keezer.

I finally found a 20 cu ft unit on CL and somehow got it into my Ford Escape.

I used a Kreg pocket hole thingy to make the collar out of regular 2x4s. I then spray painted it. It would not sit on the edge of the freezer quite flat, so I ran a bead of bath caulk around the bottom of the whole thing and weighted it down. It stayed just fine. After that set, I ran a bead where the collar meets the freezer to seal it even more better.

I bought the drip trays from and they sit on welding magnets from Farm and Fleet. I attached the cap catcher with a roll of magnet "tape" stuck to the catcher. I used a 4-way and 6-way manifold from morebeer attached together.

I think I found a hobby to stick with. And to all, a good night.

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Old 12-11-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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Looks really nice! Congrats.

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Old 12-11-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
Nov 2009
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WOW! Those apples look delicious.

How much did that freezer run you before all of the modifications? I have been trying to find one reasonable, and I think that my definition of reasonable must be skewed.

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Old 12-11-2009, 08:19 PM   #4
May 2008
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I got the freezer from a food pantry who was upgrading. It was 300 and a few years old.

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Old 12-12-2009, 08:36 AM   #5
Feb 2009
San Antonio, TX
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Looks awesome, that is going to be a full time job just keeping her full
Shamrock and Thistle Brewery

Primary1- Mead
Primary2- Cherry Oak Stout
Primary3- Strawberry Blond Ale
Secondary- IPA
Bottled- English Barley Wine
Keg1- Agave Wit
Keg2- Pale Ale
Keg3- Shiner Clown
Keg4- AIR

Back from deployment and ready to Brew

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Old 12-12-2009, 01:58 PM   #6
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Lapeer, Michigan
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Good Lord Man how many taps you need? You will love all the cleaning....
I hate cleaning the lines and taps of my keezer and I only have 4. Really though very nice looking rig you should be proud.
Next:Smoked Pilsner.
Primary:Belgian Red, American Stout w/Roeselare
On Tap:Pale Ale, English Bitter
Aging: Imperial Oatmeal Stout on Vanilla beans.

I rather owe you a dollar than cheat you out of it.."Dad"

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Old 12-12-2009, 06:09 PM   #7
May 2009
Albuquerque, NM
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I saw this one when you posted in the kegerator thread. it's a thing of beauty! I am a hobby nut like you, much to SWMBO's chagrin.

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