First Keezer Build

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So, I got jealous that lots of people were building a keezer, so I've started my own acheers.

Bought a chest freezer from Gumtree for £30, bought the widest piece of C16 timber for the collar, and got busy with the chop saw. I still need to finish things off but it's a start...

Taps are from Amazon, look like Intertap clones, with flow control. I'll report back on the quality once I'm finished.
 

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Nice one Harry, you got off to a good start with the build. If you haven't already drilled holes for the taps here's a tip: plan where the cornys will sit so you can get them in and out without the tap shanks blocking them.
 

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Good tip @foxbat , thank you.

I'm tempted to put the taps towards the side where the freezer is shallower because I can't store kegs up that end, but that means it'll be asymmetric, which will really upset me ashock1:laugh8:
 

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plan where the cornys will sit so you can get them in and out without the tap shanks blocking them.
Such good advice. I put up a load of blinds and worked out where the put the holes so they'd be super flush to the windows. Didn't even think about the handles so there are bulges half way down. It looks scenes where hands are about to come out of the wallpaper in horror films. Urghhh.
 

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Hi all,
Just completed my first keezer build and unlike with my kegerator build, I took pictures along the way, so thought I'd share if anyone is interested. Any improvements you can think of let me know!!

I started with a Logik Chest Freezer from Currys. Unfortunately I was limited to a certain width due to position it would be in house, so 200 litres was my max size.



Next, I decided to do something a bit different and attempt to vinyl wrap the freezer! This was not easy, I I ended up with plenty of dodgy bits near the corners, but from a distance, I'm fairly happy!







Collar then constructed from Planed Redwood -



......several days and coats of varnish later






I decided on 4 taps, which is prob the most you could do on this freezer, then set the collar in place with silicone.



Picked up a sheet of floor insulation and cut to fit round the inside of the collar.





I originally planned to have my secondary regulators mounted on the collar but it quickly became apparent (unless switching to flexible gas line) that this wouldn't be possible, so fitted them just off the manifold.






Kegs in, I can fit 4 Corny kegs, plus a smaller keg. Gone for 5 gas lines so I can always have one keg conditioning at pressure ready for one of the other 4 to blow.









Things I want to do/sort -

1) Figure out how to hide the white of the lid seal, any ideas?
2) Build a small shelf in same stained wood to sit a drip tray on, fixed to freezer by magnets.
3) Work out how to display what's on each tap. By wrapping the fridge I have limited my options here. I was thinking maybe small hanging slates from each tap? Again, any suggestions welcome.

Cheers all!
I think I’ve used the same freezer, but got mine 2nd hand so I can’t be sure. I can only fit 3 cornies in mine and that’s with an oversized 14 cm (from memory) collar. Two kegs don’t quite fit in the deepest part! I considered the narrower kegs but then they’d be too tall to stand on the inner shelf. I reckon my freezer is a mathematical puzzle for the largest volume that won’t allow more than three kegs. Should’ve taken cardboard templates with me when I bought the freezer.
 

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I think I’ve used the same freezer, but got mine 2nd hand so I can’t be sure. I can only fit 3 cornies in mine and that’s with an oversized 14 cm (from memory) collar. Two kegs don’t quite fit in the deepest part! I considered the narrower kegs but then they’d be too tall to stand on the inner shelf. I reckon my freezer is a mathematical puzzle for the largest volume that won’t allow more than three kegs. Should’ve taken cardboard templates with me when I bought the freezer.
I've got the taller kegs and can manage 3 in main space and one on shelf, that's with a 17.5cm collar. I added collar of that size specifically so that I could fit a tall keg on the shelf, although I can't use JG fittings on the keg that sits on shelf, or they interfere with the lid. I haven't got any of that fatter kegs, but I would have thought 3 was still possible in the main part of freezer?
 

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I've got the taller kegs and can manage 3 in main space and one on shelf, that's with a 17.5cm collar. I added collar of that size specifically so that I could fit a tall keg on the shelf, although I can't use JG fittings on the keg that sits on shelf, or they interfere with the lid. I haven't got any of that fatter kegs, but I would have thought 3 was still possible in the main part of freezer?
Two won’t fit by a matter of 3-4 mm diagonally so 3 definitely won’t fit. It’s been suggested that I ‘adjust’ the casing with a lump hammer!
 
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