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Old 09-01-2011, 11:19 AM   #11
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30 degrees F?

If so... wow.
Yes 30F beer doesnt freeze at 32 and im not to picky about it having to be at 44.5672 degrees or whatever if it needs to be i figure its eventually gonna warm up.

 
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:24 AM   #12
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IMO....pay the $60-$70 for an external temperature controller, you won't regret it.

 
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:45 PM   #13
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By the way....what type of faucets and shanks did you get the "smokin' hot deal on"? I strongly recommend the Perlick 525ss forward sealing faucets. I have heard nightmare stories about stuck faucets with cheaper ball valve faucets. IMO the little extra $ for the forward sealing Perlick faucets greatly outweighs having to deal with stuck faucets down the line. My 2 cents.
They are standard faucets with brass levers the shanks have welded nipples on the end. they have 3 inch shanks on the.

 
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:55 PM   #14
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Hey bigpapa7272....what style of keezer are you going for....collar? coffin?

I recommend at least the 7 cu.ft. freezer with 4 kegs & 4 taps. I also recommend a dual body regulator with a 3-way manifold off of one body, with the other reserved for carbing up a new keg or for styles that require a little higher carbonation level. Most 7 cu.ft. freezers will hold 4 cornys on the floor as well as a 5lb CO2 tank....not sure about the 7lb tank. If it's the same diameter as the 5lb, but just taller....it wouldn't be a problem, but if it's much larger in diameter, it may be tight.

In retro-spect, I love the way my rustic keezer turned out and I get compliments from everyone on it, but I only installed 3 taps, eventhough my 7 cu. ft. GE holds 4 kegs. I figured that I could always have a "keg in waiting", but once a keg carbs up....I want to start pulling pints, so I'm moving around beer lines all of the time. I'm adding a 4th tap, but it's a P.I.T.A., because I knifed a log into a custom trim piece where the taps mount and now I have to start the process over and knife a new trim piece to accomodate 4 taps.

Good luck with your build and keep the thread updated, so we can follow your progress. Cheers.

the 7lb tank is steel tall(29 inches) and really skinny, still debating wether or not to go with that. my lhbs has reconditioned 10# steel tanks for the same price as 5lb reconditioned and they fill tanks onsite! So I am actually leaning towards that since I have heard you get a 10 year hydro date on steel.

I plan on 4 taps out of the gate. i will be putting a collar on the keezer for sure.

I am still waiting for the aftermath of the hurricane to settle. Right now I have a freebie 10cf chest freezer lined up just waiting on the guy to get his power back. I want to make sure it didnt get fried in with the abrupt power on's and offs in the storm.

 
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:21 PM   #15
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Yes 30F beer doesnt freeze at 32 and im not to picky about it having to be at 44.5672 degrees or whatever if it needs to be i figure its eventually gonna warm up.
Lol...

Don't you think that 30F is too cold of a serving temperature? I think it is. Especially for dark ales and barleywines.

I suggest buying a temperature controller. Your beer will taste better if you serve it at a warmer temperature. Trust me.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:28 PM   #16
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bigpapa - if you search, you'll find lots of love for the Perlick faucets. And after many years of standard faucets, I finally switched a couple of years ago - save yourself the headache - go Perlick now, if at all possible.

check your keg dimensions - I have ball locks, pin locks might be narrower - but 4 ball locks will often not fit in a 7cu ft freezer unless placing one on the compressor hump, which will require a very large collar.

that 10 cu ft would be better.

 
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:43 PM   #17
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Perlicks are great, but at $50 a pop for just the spout, they are an upgrade. I was concerned about mine sticking since my keezer is on my porch, but I haven't had any problems at all. My only problems are the bees that the beer/pop attracts. I use the black faucet covers to keep the bugs away and collect any drips.

 
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:36 PM   #18
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Well Tommorrow is the big day I pickup the freezer. I got the freebie. Its a 10cf kenmore about 15 years old. Heck when he said kenmore I fell in love with it. My grandma has always swore by kenmore products.

 
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:45 PM   #19
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Well Tommorrow is the big day I pickup the freezer. I got the freebie. Its a 10cf kenmore about 15 years old. Heck when he said kenmore I fell in love with it. My grandma has always swore by kenmore products.
Ultimate SCORE.. now you can buy perlicks. DO NOT even think about any other faucet trust me. don't listen to the folks who think perlicks are upgrades. thats like saying front disc brakes are upgrades from drums on a newer cars.

EDIT: $25 dollar perlicks http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingc...er-Faucet.html so don't go telling me they are $50 each.


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Old 09-03-2011, 01:32 AM   #20
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are there self closing perlicks?

 
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