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Old 01-07-2009, 03:45 PM   #641
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Here is the culmination of a couple months of watching craigslist, a failed upright freezer CL purchase, and Christmas presents...

Behold the beast!







It's not much to look at, but it's mine!

Here are some specs and costs:
  • 10 cf chest freezer - craigslist for $50
  • Ranco controller - $61 with shipping, plus $8 for the power cord (wired myself)
  • 20 lb CO2 tank - craigslist for $60 (empty), swapped at airgas for a full one for $28
  • Regulator, corny, all hoses/disconnects, picnic tap - local homebrew shop for $99
Approximate total cost: $306

The keg contains a pale ale that I hope will be ready for a party in a couple of weeks.

I spent a little more than that since I didn't have the right size wrench to disassemble the corny posts, or tighten the CO2 regulator.

Not bad if I do say so myself. I have plenty of room for expansion (my next purchase will be at least 2 more cornies), I can lager if I so choose. Someday I hope to build a collar and get some perlicks, but the picnic tap works fine for now.

Thanks to everyone here for the support and inspiration!


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Old 01-07-2009, 10:31 PM   #642
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finally finally mine is just about done. here it is.



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Old 01-08-2009, 12:01 AM   #643
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finally finally mine is just about done. here it is.

Wow, where did you get that tower?
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:33 AM   #644
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i found the tower on craigslist,



it was dull and crappy.
it came with plastic faucets.
i found brass ones on here for cheap, and i traded someone a regulator for a stout faucet.

i shined up the brass parts, and painted the top. then i got handles from a bar we deliver to and i sanded them down and repainted them.
this was them before
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i also tried it out with different brand fun looking taps


this was before all my faucets came in
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:14 AM   #646
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I still like that custom CO2 cylinder you did... I do love the final though! By the way, did you resolve a way of posting your brews on tap?
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not yet. its been so crazy around here with the holidays. i just brewed my first beer in over a month. and then i had a little mishap with 5 gallons of apfelwein leaking into the bottom of the keezer. i havent given the labels much thought.
i still dont even have a drip tray
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not yet. its been so crazy around here with the holidays. i just brewed my first beer in over a month. and then i had a little mishap with 5 gallons of apfelwein leaking into the bottom of the keezer. i havent given the labels much thought.
i still dont even have a drip tray
My suggestion: paint numbers on the tap handles and post a chalkboard with the numbers as they correspond to the beers on tap.

That should be relatively simple, given your talents thus far...
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Yes, nice tower man. I second the numbers. It'd be a cool simple look and add functionality
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i like the numbers idea. or i could get those brass numbers for a mailbox or something and just screw them into the taps

something like these
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