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Old 09-17-2010, 02:24 AM   #31
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Just came across this thread. I am looking to do the same thing. Do you think your 7cf freezer would hold 3 kegs and a 6.5 carboy. From the looks of your picture with the kegs in there it might fit.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:27 AM   #32
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I could find out pretty quick... I only have two full ones in there right now so dropping one of my carboys in there will be easy enough.
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Yeah it fits but it required some manipulation of the CO2 tank and regulators.

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First I put four or five applications of Golden Pecan wood finish (Minwax) then about ten coats of poly to give it a decent finish and should protect it from spillage.



Also, put down two coats of chalkboard paint on parts of the freezer. I roughed it up with 220 sandpaper then applied the first coat with a roller.




Didn't turn out very good though so I sanded it smooth and applied a second coat with a sponge. That turned out great.

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Old 09-19-2010, 04:25 AM   #35
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Busy day...

Attached the hinges, attached standoffs and mounted the secondary regulator with insulation behind it in the back. Installed the shanks, mounted the taps and front handle with insulation behind it.

So far the insulation is held in place by the various hardware. It actually seems to be holding fine so I'll probably go without glue. For the sides I'll just use enough glue to tack them in place.



At this point all that is left is building and running the hoses/connects and gluing the top down.
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:43 AM   #36
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Lid is glued on and now I can't open it until it sets up, lol. Oh well tomorrow morning I do the hoses and fittings then it will be done, woho.

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Old 09-19-2010, 07:40 PM   #37
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I was kind of worried using just silicon to seal the lid to the collar but after setting up over night it is solid. As lite as the lid is I can't see it going anywhere as long as I don't open it using the lid.



All that is left is running the tubing and putting the drip pan on. Going with a SS mud pan for the drip pan and will use a piece of wood and magnets to secure it to the keezer.

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Pretty much done now. I have the system plumbed and the fan mounted along with the power and sensor running through the collar. The only thing I'm missing is one ten foot length of tubing for tap #4. Once I pick that up though it'll be easy enough to run.



I switched back to the Johnson controller and ran everything through the collar then foamed the hole in. I ended up rewiring the Johnson controller to make my life easier. One plug is always on for my fan and the other is on the relay for the freezer. Saved me running three cords back to the wall.



Only real items I have left are the drip pan, which I have everything for just need to come up with a good way to do it, and dealing with air flow inside.



The chalk board wraps around the sides so plenty of room for notes and stuff I don't need out front.



In my testing I'm noticing that since the kegs are so tightly packed and sit so snuggly on the bottom of the freezer the pockets between them will be much cooler than the rest of the space and will ice up given half a chance.

I have plenty of head room though so plan to make a grid of wood or metal to raise them up a couple inches to improve air flow. With the fan pointing straight down at the hump this should increase circulation greatly. If needed I have ducting that I originally planned to run but didn't need. I might run it down so the fan blows directly into the void I create under the kegs.

Either way the bulk of the work is done and I'm sitting here drinking my first draft from it right now so... whoppie!
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:12 PM   #39
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Thanks for the detailed tutorial, I'm already thinking of where I'm gonna get my freezer to start this project
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Thanks!

You can often get a good deal on a freezer on CL or I see them occasionally on freecycle. I was having a hell of a time finding one that wasn't either over priced or total crap though so bought one... of course a week later I found a decent one for like 20 bucks, lol. Oh well I have a fermentation chamber once I clean it up.
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