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Old 02-21-2011, 07:29 AM   #131
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I have found a simple way to avoid having to lift heavy kegs into the kegerator. I put the carboy on a table and an empty sanitized keg in the kegerator. Then I wheel the kegerator over to the table and rack right into the keg. I use a couple of phone books under the carboy to gain a couple of inches. It is probably not necessary, but I want to make sure that the siphon does not stall before the end. Brown Ale with homegrown hops in the carboy.

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Old 02-21-2011, 07:52 AM   #132
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anyone wanting to attach a drip try might want to consider gluing special earth magnets to it , should stick nice and snug to the side!

 
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:13 AM   #133
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After trying a few ways to use the computer fan, I ended up mounting it on a three-inch PVC pipe. It is attached to the pipe via a rubber plumbing adapter for 3" to 5" (I think) PVC pipe. The fan is a bit too big to fit the 5" end, so I temporarily fastened it with wide masking tape while I'm thinking of a permanent way to mount it. It is working so well, though, that I have put off changing it indefinitely.

At the bottom I used a hole saw to cut as many 1" holes I could fit around the perimeter. The pipe is just standing on the bottom of the freezer, wherever it will fit, sucking up the coldest air from the floor and blowing it out a few inches below the lid. This helps preventing cold air from collecting at the bottom and warmer air at the top around the taps and hoses.

I wish I could remember who to credit for this idea, because I saw or read about it first here on HBT.
I supplied 2" PVC with a 2 1/2" SQ muffin fan up from the corner of a keezer, added two 90's plus a stub up inside the coffin. This on a neighbors keezer that now has a second 2 1/2" muffin at the bottom of the coffin blowing downward helping the other undersized muffin. Parts at hand on the cheap and ugly but works great.
I like your drilled holes idea as we used a bandsaw notching teeth out on the bottom, rather funky.

 
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:17 AM   #134
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anyone wanting to attach a drip try might want to consider gluing special earth magnets to it , should stick nice and snug to the side!
One HBT member glued HD magnets into recessed pockets on the mounting board for his drip tray, it held a row of filled mugs I recall.

 
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:30 PM   #135
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Time for a few updates.

First off is a minor update to the wiring of the Love temperature controller. I used the green wire in a three-conductor cable to carry switched power from terminal 9 down to the compressor power input. In case you wonder, it is perfectly fine to use the green conductor for other purposes than ground. It still complies with code with the provision that you mark the green wire so that it will not be confused by ground by someone working on the wiring in the future. So the update is that I have added a piece of black electrical tape to mark the green wire, and a similar marker goes at the other end as well. We may as well comply with code when it is as simple as this, right? I'd be interested to hear any comments you have on this topic.



Unfortunately, electricity is not my strongest suit, but I motorized my grain mill and I completely wired my wood shop, so I could probably tackle this as well. Hopefully, I can use you as a consultant to get this right. I just ordered all of my parts last night. I had already purchased the frezzer over the summer when I first read your thread, but now I'm getting serious.

 
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:14 PM   #136
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Unfortunately, electricity is not my strongest suit, but I motorized my grain mill and I completely wired my wood shop, so I could probably tackle this as well. Hopefully, I can use you as a consultant to get this right. I just ordered all of my parts last night. I had already purchased the frezzer over the summer when I first read your thread, but now I'm getting serious.
Sounds great! Here are lots of knowledgable people that can help, so you will be fine. Your wiring experience should make this easy.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:18 PM   #137
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What do you guys think about these tap handles? I love the looks of them and I was contemplating getting them for my keezer build. My only concern is the 11.5" height and it's height above the keezer lid. I was going to get black and silver to match the Frigidaire black freezer. Also, I could create my own labels. A good picture is located in this thread, three posts down: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/cust...search-124797/

Also, they are at http://taphandles.myshopify.com/prod...ctangle-shield

It is the large pub handle in silver/black with the rectangle emblem.

 
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:15 PM   #138
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Quaffer,

Nice looking build.

With a collar that thick, how are you mounting the Love controller and keeping it tight against the collar? I have tried putting the clips backwards on mine, but still don't like how loose they fit, and my collar is only a 1x8 with no insulation (yet).
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:32 PM   #139
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Quaffer,

Nice looking build.

With a collar that thick, how are you mounting the Love controller and keeping it tight against the collar? I have tried putting the clips backwards on mine, but still don't like how loose they fit, and my collar is only a 1x8 with no insulation (yet).
I crept up on the hole with a rasp, testing the fit every ten seconds or so until I had a snug interference fit. I have to push on the back to get the controller out of the collar. This collar is 1.25" thick.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:50 PM   #140
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Thanks Quaffer. I think I am just going to shim mine from the inside a bit to snug it up, and leave the clips loosly attached so it cannot fall out if somebody tries to mess with it too much.
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