Originally Posted by Bobbybob
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
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.