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Old 07-09-2007, 06:34 PM   #1
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I picked up a cheap Chest Freezer that I am going to convert to a kegerator.

I am going to use the collar method so i dont have to drill holes in the actual freezer.

In past new hobbies (aquariums, cars, etc) it seems like I buy what i think is a good setup, but find out later that i overpaid or bought sub-par parts and end up having to replace half of what i bought.

Basically i am looking for lessons learned, recommendations on parts, and of course good vendors with good prices.

I know i need at least the following parts:

2-gauge regulator
5 lb. Aluminum CO2 Bottle
5 gallon Cornelius Keg (Qty=2)
draft fittings
tap
hoses
Thermostat
Drip tray
Gas Line Distributor (to make regulator feed 2 kegs)

Am I forgetting any parts?

Also I am open to suggestions on Brands and where to purchase these from.

Thanks!!!


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Old 07-09-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
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Check valve for each keg. Believe me it is worth it.



 
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:48 PM   #3
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Buy Perlick or Shirron forward seat faucets. It is worth the extra money.
Find the 800 number @ superprod.com and call for the best pricing (it's not on the site or in the store)
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Buy Perlick or Shirron forward seat faucets. It is worth the extra money.
Find the 800 number @ superprod.com and call for the best pricing (it's not on the site or in the store)
That is where I bought mine, they have the best prices and great service. The price on the Perlicks went up a few $'s but they still have the best price.
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Old 07-10-2007, 05:21 PM   #5
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What Temperature Controller/Thermostat is recommended?
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:47 PM   #6
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http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/pr...sp?sku=9352000

I've ordered one, but have gotten it yet. I plan on using this to control my fermenter fridge.

I've also used one of the analog johnson controls quite successfully for several years now

 
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:34 PM   #7
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I know it is an old thread but there has been a new development that I wanted to share that should save, anyone tackling a similar project, both money and time. There is actually a company that is selling the entire kit to convert a chest freezer to serve keg beer for $360 or homebrew beer with kegs included for $450(with pepsi kegs). The site is KegCowboy.Com http://www.KegCowboy.Com and the whole kit is assembled with a tank so that you just need to install and add beer. It is in their keezer freezerator section. I hope this helps others that have been confused as to what to buy or turned off by the prices of the parts.


 
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:14 PM   #8
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I use a $30 temp controller from chicompany.net for my kegerator and it is perfect. It was plug and play ready and is spot on for temperature. The two secondaries and the primary I sourced on eBay using Tapprite Fasco units. The 5lb tank i had to buy full at the local gas supplier. The lines are 3/8". If you are only going to have two taps, you may want to look at my rig. It was super simple and didn't require all the collar work. I initially bought 4" shanks but could have used shorter ones. Here's the pics from the build.

Keezer in wine cellar(under construction)

4 cornies can actually fit in here with the hump still open for other things
The secondary regulators I found on eBay new and plumbed them together.

Shot of tap lines to taps

After pulling the panel off the lid I noticed I could put these right into the lid and not have to build a collar.

 
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:17 PM   #9
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If I can remember right this is what I spent

What you need is a CO2 tank and regulator. These are without a doubt the most expensive things to buy. I picked up a used 20# for $35 at an auction, but paid $120 for a triple regulator. I also picked up a 200' roll of beverage hose (3/8) for $10.

I will supply the auction place site if anyone wants it, but I don't like advertising other peoples sites, they deal in seized restaurant equipment. I got a Perlik line cooler for $5, but I digress.

I paid for a Ranco controller (about $120), four ball tap fluid adapters and 2 ball tap co2. I bought a bag of hose clamps for ~$10, and 6 barbed male 3/8 hose adapters for about $20 at home depot. The tower and 2 faucets I had gifted to me.

The freezer I got for free off craigslist. They wanted to get rid of it because it was not frost free and only was ~7 cubic feet. I didn't care because I am not cooling to where it will frost and I don't really like the freeze/thaw cycles of a frost free.

So all in all it cost about $300 in total, but I bought it in pieces.

 
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flananuts. That looks like my Craigslist freezer. 7 cu ft Woods?



 
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