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Old 02-21-2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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Does anyone have an opinion on putting a tower tap on a lid of a keezer. I'm making a chest fridge (see another post) and am trying to figure out where to put the taps. It will start life with just a party tap, but would like to upgrade at some point in time. Unfortunately its too short to mount the taps on the side. I already have a PVC pipe of large diameter. I could put a 90 degree bend and mount it on the side but the lid makes more sence. I just worry about lifting the lid and tower attached to it. Is it a non-issue or is it a pain to have the tower on the lid?



 
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:47 AM   #2
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I wondered the same thing because you don't see many people doing it. I had an old kegerator that wasn't cooling properly and had no issues taking the tower off of it and placing it on a chest freezer. One issue you may run into is foaming due to temperature differential, but you can fix that with a fan or some copper tubing ran from the tap down into the keezer.

I think many people don't do this because the tower is just another piece of equipment that must be purchased compared to the collar method.



 
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:50 AM   #3
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One other thing to consider is wall clearance when trying to open the lid with the tower attached. If I want to open mine fully, I have to move the keezer about a foot away from the wall.

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:22 AM   #4
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Functional minimalism, right down to the tap tags...

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:26 AM   #5
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Without a collar you have to put the Co2 inside the freezer.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:31 AM   #6
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Without a collar you have to put the Co2 inside the freezer.
You can still put a bottle on the outside. It just requires some smart drilling into the side of your freezer.

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:48 AM   #7
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Drilling through the side of a chest freezer is bad juju - you have both cooling and heating coils running in the walls on modern units to worry about. You might pull it off but there's no need to risk failure.

I run CO2, 12V DC and the probe for my controller through grommeted holes in the back edge of the lid, next to the feed to the interior light (which has its own mercury switch)...





fwiw, these shots were from almost two years ago. I've lengthened all the beer lines to 10 feet since then. Before that I was using mixer sticks...

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:28 AM   #8
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You could make a collar like the side mounts and then put a lift able top on it.

That's what I did and could not be happier.

I put plexiglass on the tap side and handles on the other. I also put spray on foam on the bottoms to keep the cold air from escaping.

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Old 02-21-2013, 01:00 PM   #9
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I like that idea of a "lid on a lid" access door.

No reason to lift the entire structure if you don't have to.

 
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