My shameless Jester rip-off Keezer build

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First, I would like to thank Jester and everyone else that posted their Keezers to provide the motivation to start with this obsession.

After lurking on here for over a year and reading hundreds of posts for inspiration, I have finally decided to share my work.

It started life as a 14cf GE chest freezer from Lowes.
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With some goodies from various vendors and a manifold found on ebay for a steal, I was on my way.
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To help protect the bottom of the freezer I decided to use the 1/2" foam flooring tiles in the bottom. These can be picked up at any sporting goods store for arround $20. You can see the black diamond plate pattern between the kegs and the manifold. As you can see I was opperating with picknick taps while this was under construction.
 

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I started building the cabinet first using red oak. I need to find a good lumber yard before I start my next project as the "big box" stores' selection looked more like propellers than straight lumber. I ended up having to go to 4 differents stores to find all of the materials to use on this project.

I started by building the sides first, then the front.
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Using a router and a rabbett bit i was able to cut out the recess for the 1/4" oak plywood panels.
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The Kreg Jig really came in handy for this project.
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Everything is starting to come together now.
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Mocked up with the panel inserts.
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Next I started on the bar top. Like many of the builds on here i also started with 1/2" ply attached with 1/4" bolts and t-nuts.

The start of the coffin and lights.
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Starting the side rails.
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Sizing up the tile.
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Attaching the lower boards.
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Rails complete.
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With much of the construction complete, it was now time to work on much of the finsih work.

The lid open with its kickstand. Note the pocket holes on the rail skirts.
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Next came final assembly of the cabinet.
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The cabinet with the inserts installed.
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I think SWMBO approves.
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Less pictures of the keezer and more pictures of the bike!

Oops, wrong forum

Keezer looks t1ts my man!

Cheers

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Things are really starting to come together.

The cabinet complete and the start of the backerboard.
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With the tower and taps attached.
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Perlicks ready for beer.
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Enjoying a homebrew.
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Do you think she likes it?
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Using a 5" battery powered skilsaw with an old blade turned backwards made easy work of cutting out the backerboard.
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My "detailed" plans.
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Staining w/ a 50/50 mix of Minwax Golden oak 210B and Neutral 209.
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Staining is finished.
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After four coats of Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Semi-Gloss. If you look closely you can see the area that I routered out to recess the stainless drip tray.
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Now the tiling begins.
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The top is nearly balanced, but I still use the prop stick just in case.
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The grout is complete.
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The finsihed product.
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The first pint pulled. Fat Belgian Amber Ale (Fat Tire Clone) Not a minute too soon, I finished this just 5 hours prior to our halloween party.
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I like that you reserved the tap on the right for dispensing water :D
LOL!:D For those who prefer "quantity" over "quality"! Plus, I am not completely comfortable letting others beer bong my homebrew!
 

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Sweet! Imitation is the best form of flattery! Jester must be like a proud Papa!
 

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Looks sweet! Did you move the hinges of the freezer or leave them in their factory position? Is your coffin insulated in any way?


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Proud to say I have used that famous keezer of Jester's..and the brew was fabulous.

Your clone is first-rate
 
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Looks sweet! Did you move the hinges of the freezer or leave them in their factory position? Is your coffin insulated in any way?


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The hinges are in the stock location, although I do have to remove them to get the monster through the doorway! I did insulate the coffin with 3/4" pink foam insulation and am currently building a small 110 fan box to draw cold air from the bottom into the coffin. I haven't decided on wether to have it turn on with the compressor or just manually swithc it on. Either way will be just as easy. I will post more pics once complete.
 

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What size is your drip tray and where did you purchase it? I'm having a difficult time locating an affordable tray that's also wide enough.

Your keezer looks great!
 
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thrust,

It is a 24" flush mount version that I found on Amazon. I don't think that they carry it anymore, but I believe that I only paid around $50 for it delivered.

Thanks!
 

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I really like this build, Awesome that you didn't have to mess with building a collar.

Can you show how you ran your lines up to the tap? how are you cooling your lines running up as well?


 

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Nice Job!!! I didn't know those regulators would work lying down like that..I'll have to remember that for future projects...:)
 

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I'm halfway thru my build. I have 7 kegs. The problem I'm running into is all the moisture building up is causing mold/mildew. I bought one of the largest wireless dehumidifiers on amazon but didn't notice a difference. Im thinking about adding a fan or possibly a second dehumidifier. Any other suggestions or advice?

I like brewing not scrubbing with bleach lol!
 
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DuffyBros,

I was having the same problem at first. Then I discovered that there were still air gaps in my coffin. Once I taped and insulated the coffin, I eliminated all of the air gaps, and this virtually eliminated the excess moisture. It used to be so bad that I had to run the wet/dry vac to get rid of all the water. Now it is nearly dry to the touch! I recommend that you track down any air leaks and get them sealed up. I used aluminum tape used in HVAC systems in my coffin then lined it with 2 layers of pink 3/4" insulation. For the access panel I offset the layers in a step pattern to ensure a tight seal. Like I said nearly no moisture at all now. I am very happy!
 

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Freaking nice build!

I am really digging the one piece lid/cover and not using a collar.

Do you any pics of the hoses being routed/pulled through the lid?
 
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