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Old 01-13-2012, 08:50 PM   #11
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Absolutely the best looking home built I have seen. A little stain and some insulation on the inside and it should be able to maintain fermenting temps pretty good. I am not sure if the mini fridge will keep up with the cooling for draft but let us know how it does. That is a good bit of volume to cool.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:00 PM   #12
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I wish I was more handy, this is the exact sort of thing I want to do, I just dont think I have the skills to handle it (and have it come out looking like something I would actually be allowed to keep in the house)
Luckily I started this as one set of roommates was moving out, meaning they didn't care what I did. So, the new roommates moving in was contingent upon me leaving this in the living room. That and when this is done I think I could wind an award for best college apartment.

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I was warned by a few people that if the cubic volume of space was too large, despite how well it is sealed/insulated, that the compressor would run non-stop and burn out. I'm curious how yours holds up with cooling the chamber and the coffin on your masterpiece. Keep us posted!
Yep I have heard the same, but I already had the refrigerator that I "burrowed" from my sister. Seeing as I am a perpetually broke(self induced because of my hobby) college student I tried to use what I had around. That being said my plan is to effectively double the insulation compared to the original. If that doesn't work I might ask to "burrow" my sister old a/c unit. I specifically left the back open in the event that the compress does go bad so it can be easily removed and replaced.
P.S. I think your keezer was the inspiration for my shelves, so thanks for that.

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Absolutely the best looking home built I have seen. A little stain and some insulation on the inside and it should be able to maintain fermenting temps pretty good.
Thanks! Yea I did this with a skill saw, drill and everything else is hand tools. Knowing I would mess up some things, I tried to plan for screw ups so they could be covered with trim.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:15 AM   #13
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Just another update of my progress now that the top is stained. Sorry for the lighting and picture quality.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:43 AM   #14
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:11 AM   #15
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Looks good!

 
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #16
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Just another progress update.
1. Holes for shanks
2. Shanks inserted.
3. Shanks on the inside of the tap box
4. With faucets
5. Stepping back to enjoy the view.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:01 PM   #17
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I purchased my shanks from ritebrew.com. The stainless steel flange is sold separately, but I emailed them and they created a new product so that you can upgrade from black plastic to stainless steel for $1.00! The tap handles and faucets I bought from ebay. The faucets are 2 Ventmatics(were sold as perlick 425, but has Ventmatic stamped on it) 1 perlick 425 and a Guinness stout faucet.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:22 AM   #18
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Like the nitrogen setup...

 
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:12 AM   #19
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What are the dimensions of the box with your taps?
I like the shelf idea, I'm going to have to use that for mine!

I like the way this thing looks, you're doing a great job.


 
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:39 AM   #20
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Like the nitrogen setup...
Thanks, it will be awhile until I get a secondary tank for nitrogen/carbon dioxide(might try to use argon/carbon dioxide mix). However I got a good deal on it, it looks cool and we know it's all about looking cool.




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What are the dimensions of the box with your taps?
I like the shelf idea, I'm going to have to use that for mine!

I like the way this thing looks, you're doing a great job.


height: 14" from the bottom of the drip tray to the top.
Useable space:14"-1"(drip tray) - 7/8"(trim)=12 1/8"

width: 16" from end to end 13 3/4" drip tray.
useable space: 16"- 2[7/8" (trim)] an important note is that when I planed the box I forgot to account for the thickness of the insulation inside.

depth: not sure I think it is 16" I just wanted enough space for a gradual bend in the beer line on the inside.

The taps are 4" apart on center with a 2" diameter flange and a 2" gap between the edges of adjacent flanges. So, in the future if I need I could add three more taps in the gaps between the current faucets raised up an inch or two.

I would like to take credit for the shelf idea, but it came from trolling these forum threads. (Will post link here once I find it)
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