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AndyTraill

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Hi everyone,

Here is my keezer I built a bit ago. I thought I'd chuck it up to see if could help anyone else who was thinking of doing something similar who could learn from my (many) mistakes.

Bought one of these on offer (just checked, can double up �£100 of tesco points to get one from there too):

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3385825.htm

It arrived damaged at one corner so talked them down to ����£125. Takes two corny kegs no problem with the area over the compressor with nothing in it except for the gas. Could fit in a half one I think in that bit... or plain old bottles.

For gas went for a soda stream connector, expensive but easy to get gas here (beer line and tap... pointless don't get it) includes a very decent keg too.

https://www.hopandgrape.co.uk/cornelius-keg-starter-kit.html

Beer tower I went for is http://www.brewuk.co.uk/taptower2-ss.html (is awesome, though need to get some cooling to the tower thinking copper pipe, makes first pour till it's cold less foamy). When I'm looking it up again did cost a bit more than I remembered... totally worth it. You need to lop off the existing connectors and put on corny connectors though.

Anyways to convert the freezer into a fridge can use one of these el cheapos (����£8) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301550494965 great bit of kit. Other folk tend to hook it up to sockets and switch at the plug (keeping the freezer "normal") instead just butchered the existing electrics out of it and fitted it inside with the display where the old lamps and so on where (it's tight but it fits). N.B. my... friend who is qualified to do such things did it for me, you will need to get a similar person to the same for you... also whats in the photo is maybe wrong so if you do the same get someone qualified to verify it.



The end product looked like this when just done. Needed a clean etc. this isn't the best picture. Added a cheap stainless drip tray from ebay (though one for a tower would be nicer since it'd curve round it) http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00A65IVT6/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20.



While this is it in service, pride of place in my living room. Crazy? Yes. Good crazy? Definitely.



Problems:

1) Holes for mounting the tap... there is no way to keep a hand drill bang on to drill holes that deep so they end up miles out at the other end. My solution for this was to buy one of these. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00FA1GIVE/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20. I had already drilled hugely misaligned holes (at the inside, the angle of the drill needs to be perfect) but a better idea would be to cut the supplied bolts and screw them into the inserts once they are riveted into the metal of the lid. These are the inserts http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007OUXTBG/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20 (I think might have been a different size but you get the drift.). Sounds a small point but wow so much more easy.

2) Hole saw messed around a bit but this one is the one to go for in my mind. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006Z7EIMS/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20 However though it works very well, now know that you can get whole packs of hole saws for the price of this one. It has a centering drill bit though so would still recommend it. Cross masking tape over the lid to find the middle drill. Simples. Also no cooler lines in the lid.
 
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