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Old 05-10-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Wanted to build a keezer and browsed the countless keezer threads. Big props to all those who came before me for posting theirs and helping/inspiring me.
Special props to Smarch0, as I basically completely ripped his design off!
This ended up costing me way more than I anticipated, but over all I love the thing. The only original part was using Envirotex poured epoxy for the surface with some grains set in. I should have spent more time on the grain design, but ah well. so, some pics:



Wishing I had a pickup truck, SWMBO was kind enough to drive me back from the depot.



Used a dark stain to match the coffee+end tables in the living room. Went with 3 Perlicks and 1 stout faucet.


LED's with plastic I used frosting spray on:


SWMBO getting some tile on:




My very hi-tech tool for punching holes in the 1" styrofoam for the draft lines and gas lines.







Instead of drilling holes to go to the coffin portion, I just dremmled a large square hole in the top and lined it up nice with more styrofoam. Hoping it doesn't vary in temp too badly. I left the light wires from the lid incase I need to rig up a fan later.

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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Very nice! The grain bed top looks awesome.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Awesome job! Hope to start mine soon.....

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #4
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nicely done

 
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:05 PM   #5
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That top looks incredible! What was the finish you used and how did you keep the grains and hops from moving when you (i assume) poured it.

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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That top looks incredible! What was the finish you used and how did you keep the grains and hops from moving when you (i assume) poured it.

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What he said........How did the grains not float up when you poured the top?
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:22 PM   #7
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Great looking build. What freezer did you use and what was the overall cost?

 
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:03 PM   #8
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awesome build, and i love the grains and hops on the lid!
did you do anything special when applying the epoxy to keep it from sloshing everything around?
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:23 PM   #9
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Freezer I got off Craigslist for $107 bucks.
Its a GE 7.1 Cubic Feet. It only fits 4 corny's on the floor, and a case of beer or two on the hump.

I used Envirotex lite for the top. I ran a few test runs about the size of a coaster to get a process down as I couldn't find much on putting things like grains in the stuff.

This was the process:
1- Poured ~26oz on the surface (32oz minus what the test runs were)
2- Sprinkle grain/set hops on surface of epoxy and pat down gently with the bottom of a ****ty pint glass
3- let cure overnight
4- Vac up the loose grains
5- pour 32oz over grains then Set some more hops and fill in some more grains
6- wait ~10 mins and hit with torch (should have come back in another 10 mins to do again, there were some minor bubbles around some of the hops)
7- let cure overnight
9- Pour 64oz and spread around
10- let cure over the weekend.

I used SWMBO's 5lbs weights to hold the drip tray in place during the first pour. It was stuck solid after that.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:33 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tips. I'm going to be doing this when I start my build. Yours looks awesome. I was originally going to epoxy over bottle tops until I saw yours.

How much did the epoxy cost to cover your build?

I'm trying to figure out costs and this seems like it can get costly to coat.
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