I am finally motivating to build my keezer. The first step I took was to review the countless projects posted here to determine which ideas I wanted to "adopt" for my build. With such a rich resource, it was easy to conceptualize my build. I haven't drawn up a detailed plan, but have a strong sense of the key elements I am working towards.
While I haven't purchased it yet, I think I will go with the GE 7 CuFt chest freezer. I am likely to purchase it new from Lowe's for about $220. I haven't found anything on Craig's List that will meet my needs.
After reviewing too many options, I selected new a two tap (Perlick 525SS) and new 5 Gallon Ball kegs from KegConnection.com. I plan to eventually upgrade to three taps, but two will be good to start. Again, the piece of mind of new equipment was not that much more $$'s than refurbished equipment.
1 A) 5 LB CO2 Cylinder, Aluminum @ $64.95 = $64.95
2 525SS, Perlick Forward Seal, Stainless Steel Beer Faucet, UPGRADE WITH PURCH. OF KIT OR TOWER ONLY @ $25.00 = $50.00
1 2 Faucet Fridge Kit with SS Shanks, Tailpieces, Standard Faucets, and BRAND NEW 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs @ $337.85 = $337.85
1 CO2 Beer Regulator, Dual Body, Taprite, Upgrade @ $35.00 = $35.00
Shipping: $7.95 (Standard)
Additionally, I purchased a couple of temperature controllers off of ebay and a computer fan. I also purchased a stainless steel drip tray from http://www.barproducts.com
. Including shipping, it was less than $30.
This weekend I built the tower. I installed a LED strip recessed under the taps (thanks to previous projects for that great idea).