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Project by RossC23 posted 10-24-2013 02:51 PM 1527 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for a friend of mine that is a great beer brewer. He had an old junky fridge with a few tap handles on it so I told him we could do better. He bought the chest freezer inside and I went to work. Thought it was the least I could do for drinking his awesome beer almost every day…wait..does that sound bad? Has lines and taps for 5 different beers. Now I need to make him some new tap handles.





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kurtb

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 03:38 PM

Impressive! Thanks for sharing!

I’d like to pirate your idea. Do you mind sharing a bit more information? How do you regulate the freezer temp to beer serving temps? How do you access the freezer? Does your friend manifold all 5 kegs from one regulator, or is there room for more than one CO2 bottle?

Congratulations on a job well done, and my complements for sharing your time and talents with your favorite brewer!

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RossC23

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 03:45 PM

I will try and answer the best i know, but I’m a wood guy, he’s the brewer. I do know about the access. I removed the freezer lid and made my own with plywood and insulated with foam board. Works off the hinge that was on the original lid. Used a foam seal around the rim and voila. Coffin box on top is insulated with foam as well. He regulates the temp with some special temp control thing he bought. Not sure what its called. In the picture, there is a thermometer on the wall that is part of it. And I’m not sure how, but he does use only one CO2 bottle. Hope that helps.

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JohnMeeley

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 11:10 PM

It’s called a Keezer.
Temp probe in freezer cycles power to freezer to maintain set chill temp instead of freeze temp.
You shouldn’t need two co2 bottles, But you can plumb more than one regulator.
Just my two cents.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 10-25-2013 09:31 AM

Cool project, I have a keg system in our bar at home as well. I can run up to 3 kegs at a time. I use only one co2 tank and it goes through a Manifold with shutoffs. I have had to run one with a separate reg. and bottle. What tends to happen is different beers pour better at different psi’s. My Honey Blonde likes 4-5 psi for a good pour. Ipa tends to like 6 and other regular beers 8-9. It doesn’t sound like much of a difference but the difference in the head and waste it obvious.

Ck out this website for supplies and kits they about the best price we have found over the yrs. Hope this helps
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PaulHWood

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#5 posted 10-25-2013 12:34 PM

First off, really nice build

Second, more pictures about how this goes together, I am quite familiar with a freezer conversion, but this is over the top from what I have seen. Maybe some pictures showing kegs being swapped.

Also, pressure is related to lengths and sizes of hoses too so regulator pressure is not the only control for dispensing. Alot of systems neck down the hose size right before dispensing to avoid foaming, I have not tried this yet.

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becikeja

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 11:12 PM

I’ll drink to that

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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MarkwithaK

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 11:53 PM

Very good design and execution. I especially like the fact that you thought to include the vents on the side.

How do you regulate the freezer temp to beer serving temps?

There are several aftermarket temp controls on the market, the most popular being the Johnson Controls A19. If you prefer digital then the A419 is what you want. Some home brew suppliers are carrying a version that is pretty much plug and play but honestly these things are so easy to wire I wouldn’t waste the extra money.

That being said I feel it necessary to put on my refrigeration tech hat and say that I’m not a fan of using a low temp box to operate at medium temps. Yes it will work but that compressor was designed to operate at a specific temperature and with a specific amount of superheat. By increasing the operating temp you are not getting sufficient cooling back to the compressor….in time this can lead to sever internal damage and eventual failure.

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