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Old 11-05-2012, 11:45 AM   #11
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I went with 2x6 collar and 1x8 red oak trim. That gave me more room to run lines and taps through.

If you want to go 2x4 and have the tools, you could rip cut 2x6 down so they're straight.

Also, build your collar on top of your keezer. I did mine on my workbench with jigs, and ended up not having the corners level (I used the weather stripping to try and fix that).
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Oh - you'll also note from the pictures that I should have used 2x4 with my keezer - I tried using the same plan as my old keezer without measuring the screw holes. I wasn't able to screw the hinges into freezer.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:36 AM   #13
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I went with 2x6 collar and 1x8 red oak trim. That gave me more room to run lines and taps through.

If you want to go 2x4 and have the tools, you could rip cut 2x6 down so they're straight.

Also, build your collar on top of your keezer. I did mine on my workbench with jigs, and ended up not having the corners level (I used the weather stripping to try and fix that).
I did go with 2x4. I wish I would of seen your post earlier, I too built my collar on a workbench and am having the same corner issues as you. I did buy some nice adhesive caulk so I think I'll be able to hold it down ok.

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:38 AM   #14
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Here is some more progress:

Dry Fitting the collar inner frame


Checking my miter cuts


Wohoo they fit!


Collar all built. Need to cut in the holes for the shanks tomorrow.

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:02 AM   #15
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Ok today was pretty productive. Got the holes drilled for the shanks and got the collar primed for painting tomorrow.

Does anyone know the diameter of the plastic flange on the shank? I drilled the holes for the shanks 1.5" down from the top of the collar. I really hope that the flange is less than 3" in diameter or I got some rebuilding to do. Kegconnection didn't have any specs on their site, but all the ones I did find online were 2.25".

Now for some more pics

Drilling the holes


All primed


Close-up of holes (Hopefully they will work!)

 
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:11 AM   #16
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Got to work a little bit more tonight on the keezer.

I am going to be putting this keezer in my garage but the floor in there isn't level at all.....instead of shimming the keezer I decided to build a little platform for it to sit on.

Here is the 4x4 platform - Going to stain it tomorrow



Got to give the collar a first coat of paint as well

 
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:26 AM   #17
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Looking good so far. I have the same freezer and built a collar out of 3/4" by 8" pine and those hinges hold it up like a champ, they are quite strong. Mine is still a work in progress but since my collar is so big I wanted it to open, and have the lid be able to open for ease of access. With the taller collar it puts my capacity at ten kegs. I also did my taps at 4" spacing and I think it looks good and functions well.

What will you be doing for fans, if any?

Are you going to insulate your collar? I did because I used the 3/4" pine, you might not need to with your setup.

Good work, and keep the pics coming.

 
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Looking good so far. I have the same freezer and built a collar out of 3/4" by 8" pine and those hinges hold it up like a champ, they are quite strong. Mine is still a work in progress but since my collar is so big I wanted it to open, and have the lid be able to open for ease of access. With the taller collar it puts my capacity at ten kegs. I also did my taps at 4" spacing and I think it looks good and functions well.

What will you be doing for fans, if any?

Are you going to insulate your collar? I did because I used the 3/4" pine, you might not need to with your setup.

Good work, and keep the pics coming.
Thanks RTL. I'll make sure to keep posting up some pics!

As for the fan, I haven't given that too much thought. Did you end up putting a fan in yours?

I think I am going to put a 1" piece of rigid foam insulattion around the edges. It really depends on where/how I mount my air distribution blocks. I planned on mounting them on the back wall of the collar.

How many kegs can you fit below the compressor hump, 8?

 
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Really didn't do a whole lot tonight. I did get a coat of stain on the platform. The pic doesn't do it justice, it looks really good in person. I will be putting a coat of Urethane on it tomorrow.




Put a second coat of paint on the collar as well, but no pic of that.

Tomorrow the rest of my parts come in. Shanks, Perlicks, hoses and disconnects. Can't wait!

 
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Thanks RTL. I'll make sure to keep posting up some pics!

As for the fan, I haven't given that too much thought. Did you end up putting a fan in yours?

I think I am going to put a 1" piece of rigid foam insulattion around the edges. It really depends on where/how I mount my air distribution blocks. I planned on mounting them on the back wall of the collar.

How many kegs can you fit below the compressor hump, 8?
I'm just getting to the fan Parton the build, I have a hinge switch with an NO and an NC leg on it that will be wired to a DC power supply. The fans will be on the NO, and I'm going to try to find some LEDS to put on the NC, so when the lid is opened the fans turn off and the light comes on and when's it's closed vice versa. I have two 12 volt fans that came out of a server rack and really move a lot of air.

In my current keezer I noticed the air circulation from the fan helps with smooth pours that don't foam excessively. I serve at 10psi so my low gravity beers sometimes foam up. The cold air in the keezer settles to the bottom and you get temperature stratification that leaves your serving lines warm for the first pour.

So I was basing 8 off of cardboard cut outs, but with a test fitting its really tight, so it will fit seven comfortably below the hump and another two on top of the hump with the deep collar. Edit: The test fitting was with ball locks by the way.

 
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