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Blog entry by Holzarbeiterin posted 09-30-2015 03:30 PM 6166 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This blog just gives a bit more information about the kegerator project I submitted to LJ. The woodworking part of the project is pretty simple. If someone wants more info about that just send me a note. I thought some of you might be interested in the “beer side” of this story.
For other current or wannbe beer geeks out there here’s a bit more info about the beer brewing/dispensing side of the project.

The thermostat
I do not use the thermostat that came with the freezer. It isn’t possible to maintain proper beer temperatures with it. Instead a built a separate digital thermostat assembly that is mounted on the back hinge side on the outside of the sleeve. The thermocouple goes through a hole in the sleeve and is mounted on the inside wall of the sleeve in a thermowell for protection. TIf you look closely at the back left corner of the wood frame you can see the thermowell. It is partially made of brass. Unfortunatly, in this photo the thermocouple has not yet been installed.

The CO2 system
The CO2 tank currently sits inside the freezer. This keeps the overall footprint of the kegerator smaller and everything is in one place and easily mobile. If I’m just dispensing beer I go through a lot of kegs before the tank runs out. I never did a count but I have not found a need to have a large tank outside of the kegerator.
The CO2 goes through a filter before it is sent to 2 separate regulators. Two regulators allows me to work with 2 different gas pressures at the same time. For example, I can have one set to a pressure for dispensing beer and another one at a higher pressure to carbonate beer kegs before they have their turn on one of the taps.

The CO2 goes from each of the regulators to separate manifolds with valves. This allows me to feed the CO2 to multiple beer taps with the same line pressure at the same time.

The beer Kegs
I mostly use 5 gallon Corniellius kegs. I have a few 2.5 gallon kegs which I use for root beer and having carbonated water on tap (My partner is German and she hates still water.)

The business end of the project
I have 5 304 stainless steel Perlick Series 650 forward sealing faucets and matching shanks. I highly recommend the faucets. They are superb in every respect. Sorry, I don”t have a good closeup of the faucets…

This is a woodworking blog so I won’t go crazy on the beer info. If someone has questions just let me know and I will respond with a private message.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!



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naugled

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#1 posted 10-09-2015 08:19 PM

I’ve never seen anyone use a CO2 purifier/filter. Why did you decide you needed one? Just curious, were you having issues with bad CO2?
btw: I brew and have a couple of keezers too.

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Holzarbeiterin

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#2 posted 10-10-2015 05:32 AM

Hi, thanks for the question. When I built the kegerator I really wanted to build a first rate system for carbonating and dispensing beer. Prior to that I only bottled beer and carbonated the bottles with sugar. When I was reading about carbonating with CO2 one of the authors recommended it. It wasn’t really expensive and I had room in my freezer so I said what the heck. I’m not able to say I notice a difference in the taste of my beers but if nothing else the filter keeps any dirt in the CO2 tank from getting getting into my regulators or valves.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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Holzarbeiterin

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#3 posted 10-10-2015 12:14 PM

Hi, thanks for the question. When I built the kegerator I really wanted to build a first rate system for carbonating and dispensing beer. Prior to that I only bottled beer and carbonated the bottles with sugar. When I was reading about carbonating with CO2 one of the authors recommended it. It wasn’t really expensive and I had room in my freezer so I said what the heck. I’m not able to say I notice a difference in the taste of my beers but if nothing else the filter keeps any dirt in the CO2 tank from getting getting into my regulators or valves.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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