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Old 04-29-2013, 07:49 PM   #11
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I probably would have built a chest keezer on wheels that I could just roll in and out of the house (I see the sliding door) when you needed it. It just seems like there is a lot that can go wrong there. The more 'moving parts' the better chance of a failure or issues. I would also have some concerns about the freezer and what life it has left in it, especially if it's going to be out in the elements (I know you said under the deck but how many decks are leak proof, not to mention the constant fluctuation in temp)

With that being said, to each his own. Here's to you proving me wrong.

 
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:18 PM   #12
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Nice looking build!

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:46 AM   #13
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I probably would have built a chest keezer on wheels that I could just roll in and out of the house (I see the sliding door) when you needed it. It just seems like there is a lot that can go wrong there. The more 'moving parts' the better chance of a failure or issues. I would also have some concerns about the freezer and what life it has left in it, especially if it's going to be out in the elements (I know you said under the deck but how many decks are leak proof, not to mention the constant fluctuation in temp)

With that being said, to each his own. Here's to you proving me wrong.
Thanks for the feedback. Who knows how much life is left in that old freezer, but when it croaks I can always replace it with another and build a new collar. The plumbing up to the bar (which is the hardest part) won't change.

No progress this week... my cleaning kit for the beer lines is in the mail, and I had to special order a fixture from Grainger to connect the pond pump to the copper cooling lines. Should be here Monday!

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:00 AM   #14
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Sub'd. I kinda wish I had done this with my wet bar so I could have any size of deep freeze sitting in my basement instead of limiting myself to 2 taps.

Solid project and a great addition to the DIY family. Haha
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:21 AM   #15
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I'd throw my back out trying to get that sankey over a collar in that freezer. You must be hella strong! Awesome ambition for a cool, if not entirely practical, project. Cool factor is 11 on a scale of 10

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:57 AM   #16
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Why the need for glycol?

Water would seem to work fine above freezing, right?

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:11 PM   #17
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Water would probably work, but I like my beer as close to 32 degrees as I can get it! The antifreeze ensures I won't have frozen cooling lines.

 
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:15 PM   #18
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I'm on the home stretch!!

Yesterday the part from Grainger arrived and I hooked up the pond pump to the cooling lines only to discover I had 2 kinks in the copper coil inside the keezer from setting the keg in. 2 patches later I had that fixed and hooked up the pump again, I could see the cooling water leave the keezer, but nothing was coming out on the output side.

Assuming I had a kink in the elbow going up to the deck, I tore the whole line apart all the way up to the bar and tested the line on level surface, worked fine, no kinks! So, lesson #1 - a 550GPH pond pump doesn't have enough power to lift 10 feet vertical!



$170 and 3 trips to Home Depot for PVC adapters later, I now have a 2000GPH pump which is working beautifully! I finished hooking that up tonight. The reservoir is a small office trash can due to the massive pump that has to be submerged. So much for a second keg of Summer Shandy I will have to finish this half barrel of Lite, then go with 2 quarter barrels to utilize both taps (which was the original idea anyway)



Also tonight, I sanitized the beer lines and got them hooked up. My first pour is a little foamy, but I was playing with the CO2 pressure (finally got it where I think it should be) but the beer is still a little warm from the keezer being unplugged for 2 days while I redid the plumbing. I think it'll be fine once the temperature stabilizes.


Final result from my neighbor's view


Still left to do:
1. The perfect pour
2. Test the tap temperature vs the keezer temperature
3. Build a drain into the top of the bar (this will be easy, just install on the bar top and run a piece of vinyl tubing down through the floorboards to drip into the plants

 
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:17 PM   #19
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very nice work!

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:52 AM   #20
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To those who say my design was too complicated - well you're right! I didn't take into consideration the heat output on a 2000GPH pond pump. After 16 hours in the keezer, the keezer temp had risen to 82 degrees and the freezer was running nonstop and unable to keep it cool. I shutdown the pump and it's back to the mid 30s where it belongs. I will have to figure out a design with an external pump and a way to keep the coolant inside.

But that is for another day - for now, this pour tastes mighty fine!!!

 
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