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Old 01-09-2013, 04:51 AM   #1
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Was sent over here from another forum, hoping there may be a few ideas...
I'm in the early stages of planning an outdoor kitchen. Planning to convert a small portion of the pool house/shed to a keg room to replace my 5 keg keezer. Room would be about 250 cubic feet (8'x8'x3') with 10 or 12 taps through the wall into a narrow stainless steel cabinet. I'll line and insulate the room, slab is about 12" deep. I live in inland southern California so summer can reach 110F and occasionally freezes in winter. Question is how to cool this room. Any ideas on equipment or setup? I dont think a wine-cellar unit will get to a low enough temp. Thanks

 
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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I have no input as I am not savvy with such things but I want to be your friend.

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:35 AM   #3
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Its 3' high? Would a window AC unit fit? That would keep it cool and others have used them to keep rooms cool. I used one to cool a 10'10' room overseas before, it worked great, you can just figure out what air temp you need to keep kegs at serving temp.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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Let's see. 8X8X3=250? OK..... Anyway, take the measurements to a refrigeration contractor. Tell them how much insulation that you're packing in the walls and the other building particulars and that you want to keep kegs at serving temp summer and winter. He'll tell you the type and size of the refrigeration system needed. You'll be in the 3-5 grand area, plus installation. Or, continue with the Rube Goldberg theme and head to Walmart. Grab a 100dollar window shaker. Chop a hole in the wall, jam in the unit and rewire a thermostat to force the unit to run at 35 degrees.

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:02 AM   #5
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Its 3' high? Would a window AC unit fit? That would keep it cool and others have used them to keep rooms cool. I used one to cool a 10'10' room overseas before, it worked great, you can just figure out what air temp you need to keep kegs at serving temp.
8 feet by 3 feet floor space, by 8 feet high... essentially a large walk in refrigerator. didnt know if i could do this with an ac unit or with freezer coils.

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:05 AM   #6
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I have no input as I am not savvy with such things but I want to be your friend.
A year ago I thought having 5 beers on tap was plenty. Sadly, I often head to the bottle fridge to find more variety. I hope 10 will do it, perhaps witha creamer and a nitro tap to get me to an even dozen.

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:14 AM   #7
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Super jealous!

JZ has a sweet walk-in cooler set up with just an ac unit: http://www.mrmalty.com/brewstuff.php
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:21 AM   #8
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Super jealous!

JZ has a sweet walk-in cooler set up with just an ac unit: http://www.mrmalty.com/brewstuff.php
Thanks for posting the link, similar to what I have in mind. Any clue on the zymurgy issue he references on walk in coolers?

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:43 AM   #9
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Thanks for posting the link, similar to what I have in mind. Any clue on the zymurgy issue he references on walk in coolers?
(Jan '07).
Here is the pdf from the guy featured in the article: http://deepsixbrewingco.com/misc/article.pdf

and his thread here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-l...-cooler-11440/
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:17 PM   #10
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A year ago I thought having 5 beers on tap was plenty. Sadly, I often head to the bottle fridge to find more variety. I hope 10 will do it, perhaps witha creamer and a nitro tap to get me to an even dozen.
just had a beergasm. I sadly only have 2; my next upgrade when I buy my house I want to do 6. Don't think I'll ever be able to go beyond that.

 
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