Well I am already of sick of doing bottles, so I am starting my keezer build
I am starting off slow but wanted to document my little project for myself, so no place better then here!!
I bought a 5 CF GE Chest Freezer from Sams Club
for $168 shipped to start. It gets dropped off on Thursday (3/17/2011) and I can't wait!!! After that purchase I went over to Midwest Supplies website and picked up their Brew Logic Dual Tap Kit
which will arrive on Tuesday(3/15/2011) I went with Ball Lock Kegs after ready up on the 2 different styles on HBT. I also picked up a Analog Thermostat
control to regulate the temp from Midwest. I based this purchase on budget and also the great reviews it got. Most likely when I have more money I will put in a digital display, but that is not in the budget just yet.
Since I wont get my orders for a couple days I start messing around on Google Sketch Up and came up with the design I am shooting for.
There are 2 keezers in the picture, but I am only building one....the 2 show with casters on and also with side door open to get a all around idea of the final product. I DID DECIDE to put a trim around the bottom to cover the casters and put interior hinges on them so you cant see them but you will be able to lift the trim up to get access to the locks on the casters...pretty nifty :O)
I am still debating on doing frosted glass in the front with some rope lighting from under, but I have not 100% convinced I want that yet, so that will have to come later.
I am also debating on making the side door a chilled area or not buy just extending the casing and top and insulating the interior and putting a small foam door wrapped in wood to cover it.....still working on it. I love having the idea of the side door to keep red wine bottles, and some beer bottles while they warm condition so I think keeping it rom temp will be best. Plus it is a great area for beer glasses as I hate chilled glasses.
Got aroudn to building the collar for the keezer today so I can get a extra keg on the hump in the future. Went with pine, since I wont see this part anyways since it will be covered with a "sleeze" wrapping the whole keezer after it is finished.
Since I done have clamps, I decided to get a little help holding the boards straight from doubled sided tape that is used for insulating also...worked out great!!
Installing the brackets
Then did some foam insulation...first time using it and I got a little crazy but I can trim off all the extra once it's dry
Found out after readin the can
that once you start using foam insulation, you have to use it all...welll not to waste it I insulated all the boards which I will sand down and make smooth so I can wrap in water resistant wrapping
And that's it for now. The foam is drying and I and excited to move on to the next step!! Time for a home brew and to relax with the SWMBO who made this keezer build possible by getting a job that pays ALOT more then she used to make WOOOHOOOO!!! More updates to come!!