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Old 12-22-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default It's Finally Done: My 10-tap Keezer!

Started brewing 18 months ago. From that first (disgusting) batch til now, my skills have grown. As they have, I've picked up a larger appreciation for good beer. And now that I can make it, I've found I want a large variety on-hand.

Around my 6 month mark, I built a 7 cu ft freezer that held 5 kegs, served with 4 faucets, and had two CO2 pressures on a 5# supply. Today, at my 18 month mark, I've expanded to a 15 cu ft freezer that holds 10 kegs, 10 faucets, and has 11 CO2 pressures on a 20# supply.

I present to you, my 10-tap keezer:





This is as big as I can get with the current house, so since I'm no where near done paying this one off, this is the size it will remain for quite some time.

Willing to answer any questions or comments, either about this build or kegging in general.


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That is a great build! What is the total cost? What would have done differently on this build if you started over now?


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Very nice. When do you want me to stop by?
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That is a great build! What is the total cost? What would have done differently on this build if you started over now?
Total cost? Who knows. Easily in the thousands. Lets try though...

Freezer - $400 minus scratch and dent / military discounts.
Collar - $50 in wood, $8 in door hinges, $10 in foam weather stripping
Base - $8 in wood, $60 in casters
Faucets (525SS) - $33 ea * 10
Shanks (Stainless 4-1/8") - $25 ea * 10
Primary - $150 or so for a dual Taprite
Secondaries - $50-60 per (I got a deal -- $426 for all 10)
Beer line - $40/100 ft. I used 10x 20' lines, plus a few shorter line sets. Figured 300'.
Gas line - $22 for 50 ft.
Kegs - $50 ea (10 fit inside, total 24 owned)
QDs - $6 ea, 2 per keg = 20 + 1 on force carb line
Misc pieces (string, nails, etc) - Probably $50

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Start large on the freezer. It's easier to seek SWMBO forgiveness once than twice. Also, you can use the spare space to store other things anyway. Also, plan to serve things other than beer. It will help appease her.

Other than that, I've already fixed all of my rookie mistakes. Notably:

Don't recirculate with a 120V pancake fan. It reverberated against the freezer and make an audible humm at all times. Use a 5V USB-powered desk fan, like the 120mm Thermaltake pictured, instead.

Don't bother with BevLex 5/16" gas hose. It's massively overkill. The pictured pink tubing is 1/4" OD, much more flexible, and about the same price per cost. I can easily bend it to the diameter of a nickel at keezer temps and hide the excess between the kegs.



Skip vinyl hose. Go straight for the BevSeal Ultra.

Don't both with barbs, swivel nuts, beer nuts, nor tailpieces. Use John Guest fittings and MFL/FFL connections all around. The cost is pretty comparable, and much easier/quicker to assemble.
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So I just took a look at your freezer spec sheets holy cow you put a lot of work into this area. You should see if the AHA publications will make it into a book. I know at least three other home brewers that would buy it.
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Very impressive!

Thanks for sharing and something to look forward to building, someday.

I like the skinny pink gas hose. What brand/type is that?
How long are your BevSeal Ultra lines? They looks short. Aren't they hard to coil and tuck away, since they needs quite a radius?
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Wow, nice looking keezer! Is your fan on a piece of PVC pipe or something?
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Thanks! I try.

I want my work to stay free, so I'm not considering publishing.
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Very impressive!

Thanks for sharing and something to look forward to building, someday.

I like the skinny pink gas hose. What brand/type is that?
How long are your BevSeal Ultra lines? They looks short. Aren't they hard to coil and tuck away, since they needs quite a radius?
The hose is McMaster Carr 1/4" OD Polyethylene. It comes in 6 opaque colors and 5 clear-tinted colors. I chose clear/red tinted, which came out looking more pink than I expected. Maybe clear/blue tinted if I had to do it again. I like the transparency so I can ensure my check valves are functioning properly.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/119/136/=pxc7kt

At 44 cents/ft, it's about the same price as the BevLex everybody else is using.

As for the BevSeal, those are all 20 ft lines. I have some shorter lines laying around too, that I may start using for the items I'll be keeping at 5 PSI (namely, juices and wines and teas). I coiled them around the outside of a corny keg, then zip tied them tightly to hold that radius. They are a bit stiff, but really, that's the price you pay for the best beer line in production.


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