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Old 03-20-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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A few weeks ago I finally got around to purchasing a kegging/tap system. So I've been thinking about what I want my keezer to look like and after several weeks of planning and browsing these forums I finally went out to home depot today and bought all the supplies necessary to make my keezer.

I scoured craigslist for a chest freezer, but didn't turn up any results, so I'm getting a new one delivered in a couple days.

I've attached the Google SketchUp plan.

I'll outline some of the details in later posts to try and hit my 25 so the image will show up properly. (edit: maybe they do already?)
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:44 PM   #2
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You can kind of see above that the coffin is going to be open. I've thought long and hard about the cooling, and I've rigged the following together:

Measurements are inner diameter.
3/16" Beer line (inside of a)
1/2" cooling line (inside of)
1/2" insulation (inside of a)
1 1/2" chrome pipe

Between the chrome pipe and the beer shanks will be a hollow Styrofoam box into which the cooling tubes will outlet. Two pipes will have a fan attached to the end sucking air through. This should cause a vacuum so they should be pulling cool air through the other two pipes.


 
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:49 PM   #3
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There's glass tile as the base on the inside of the coffin, and I also plan to do some lighting around the top (yes, the entire thing was mostly inspired by Jester's keezer)

Unfortunately two of the four taps are going to be empty for the time being. First of all, I just don't consume that much beer (what a shame) but also, it's expensive!

Any advice or criticisms would be well received.

Cheers!

 
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:06 AM   #4
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I've attached pictures of some rough sketches I did for the pipe cooling system. They're side/top cutaway views, and I hope they make sense.

I also uploaded a picture with the different pipes and how they fit within one another. the chrome pipe ended up being actually 1 1/2". The insulation was thicker than i had assumed. Also, the top view shows arrows for three tubes going in and one out, but I figured it makes more sense to even that to two and two.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:40 PM   #5
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Ok, I've finally received all supplies I need, now it's onto building! I got the beer line in the mail and the outer diameter is way bigger than I had anticipated, but it seems like it should fit within the insulation, without the cooling tube, and it should work fine. After many tests with a fan system pulling air through the insulation tube is doesn't seem like it'll leak any air.

 
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:57 PM   #6
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Mid-build, some crappy cell phone pics. I'm pretty proud of it so far!
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:18 PM   #7
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Looking good! The combo coffin/tower is an interesting idea. I look forward to seeing more progress.

 
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:08 PM   #8
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Some final pictures (still need to get the skirt on it.)

I haven't poured a pint yet, mostly because I haven't found a place to fill up my CO2 tank, but hopefully that'll happen soon.

I took me forever to figure out how to wire the temperature control, and I'm still not exactly sure if I did it right. Anyway, the air seems to be pulling up into the coffin alright. Not as strong as I really want since I'm just using two computer fans, but hopefully it'll work to keep the beer cold enough coming out of the tap. I'll update once I get my first pull.

Cheers!
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:12 PM   #9
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that is a pretty cool and unique way to mount the taps. i like it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:54 PM   #10
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pretty sharp - make sure you post this to the "show us your kegerator" page. This is a unique idea.

 
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