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Old 03-19-2012, 03:50 AM   #1
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Here is my weekends work on the keezer. I plan to mount of three taps in the 2x6 on the front.

The collar/lid is 11.75" tall. I do not plan to use the original lid at all.

Will the existing hinges hold up this new massive lid?


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Old 03-19-2012, 04:30 AM   #2
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You should be good, on my keezer I got 7 taps and my lid is made out of oak with glass tiles. The original hinges have held up great for the last 3 years.


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Old 03-20-2012, 02:00 AM   #3
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I stained the lid and caulked the inside.
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Tap2 - Citra Session IPA US-05 (1.054)
Tap3 - Belgian Pale Ale WLP550 (1.060)
Tap4 - American Pub Ale US-05 (1.060)
Tap5 - air
Tap6 - Black Lager 34/70 (1.072)

 
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:19 AM   #4
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Progress today. Taps installed, lid on, gas in the process of being hooked up.

I just realized the check valve on the input of the gas distribution is probably backward.
They only work on the output side, right?
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Tap2 - Citra Session IPA US-05 (1.054)
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Tap5 - air
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:53 AM   #5
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what would you estimate you have in this cost wise? i am looking at a 3 tap kegerator online.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:47 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kickrjason
what would you estimate you have in this cost wise?
Not sure what you have already so here is a breakdown....

Chest freezer - free
Temp controller - Christmas present
3 chrome faucets, 3 stainless shanks, distributor - $205
Wood - $60
Tubing, connectors - $100
Used keg and regulator - $179
Two more used kegs - $100
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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I am just now working on my collar and saw your post.I had never considered eliminating the lid and just using the collar.As luck would have it I can still go this way with mine.Have you had any probems with this design?I have never seen anyone use it before and I think over the last 2 months I have looked at every keezer thread on the interweb.

 
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:26 PM   #8
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I got the idea from a guy on YouTube that hinged the collar instead of just the lid.

My only caution would be to insulate the lid if you make it out of wood. I use two inches of foam in the lid. It seems good so far (we'll see in the summer when my garage gets to 100F).

My biggest fear was the weight... this lid is maybe 40lbs.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:44 PM   #9
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I built my collar with 1" styro sandwiched between 1/4" ply and at the moment only weighs about 10 lbs.Still need to add another layer of styro ,1/4 plyand the taps to the lid.Wt.shouldn't be a problem.

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:28 AM   #10
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I finished a keezer with the same design and same approx size (5 cu ft) about a month ago- hinges on the collar topped with a piece of plywood instead of the original lid. Seemed like a good way to get the alignment correct. I used 1" foam board and caulked all the joints, doesn't cycle on and off anymore than the original lid. Posted the build under 5 cu ft keezer build- not sure how to post the link- good luck!


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