This is my first instructable and have been very excited to publish this project. I love this site as I am a do-it-yourselfer to the max (drives my wife crazy....lol) Please be kind on your comments and I will try to keep this short and sweet with plenty of pics along the way.
I built this type of Keezer because I couldn't find one online that I like so I decided to build it myself. I enjoy brewing my own beer and having a Keezer to dispense my creations adds to the awesomeness!
Keggerator vs. Keezer
What's the difference between a Keggerator and a Keezer. Well simply put a Keggerator is built from a fridge and a Keezer is built from you guessed it.....a freezer.
I chose to build a Keezer simply because it would allow me to store more kegs in less space and do it with style.
Step 1: Finding a Freezer
Most classifieds have chest freezers in the range of $50-$200. I was lucky and scored this one for $35.00 ( Thanks to my wife the bargain hunter). It's only a 7 Cubic Ft freezer but comfortably holds 3 -5 gallon pin lock kegs. If I had ball lock kegs I'm sure I could have fit 4 kegs. That's a lot of BEERS!!! A 5 gallon keg holds about 52-12oz beers. So do the math that's enough beers to get all your friends drunk and still have some left over for the next weekend. Don't worry about the color of the freezer or if its a little dinged up cause I will show you how to clean it up nicely.
Here is a parts list:
1- Chest type Freezer
1-4'x8' sheet 1/2" MDF
1-Digital Temp Controller (eBay)
3- Standard Beer taps with 4" Shanks
1-Can of black appliance spray paint (Lowes)
1- 8' stick of 1/2"x 1/2" aluminum angle iron
1-120v small fan
1-can expanding foam insulation
1-4'x8' sheet of 20 gauge steel
1-8'x1.5"x1/2'" Furring strip
1-tube of liquid nails
1-Old extenstion cord
1-outlet box and cover
Step 2: Cleaning and Painting
and prep it for paint. As listed in the parts list the paint I chose was made by Rustoluem (black) and work amazingly. Its an epoxy paint
and adheres quite nicely. I put about 2 solid coats on the freezer allowing about 10 min between coats. I taped off the seal because I wanted to keep it white. I didn't paint the lid knowing that I would put the tower on top.
Step 3: Building the Base for the Tower
Step 4: Building the Tower
Step 5: Adding the Metal Finish
After the sheet metal is glued to the base, take an angle grinder and put decorative swirls or a pattern in the metal.
Step 6: Form a Drain Pan (Optional)
Mark out a small rectangle and cut the metal and wood all the way down to the lid and weld the same size pan.
Step 7: Wire the Controller
black/white set: 120v in ( to power the controller) Black +, White -
black/black set: Temp sensor wire ( sits in the Keezer to monitor temp)
red(blue tape)/brown set: power out ( to outlet for heating)
dark red/light red set: power out (to outlet for cooling)
Also have a wire diagram to show you how to wire the controller.
You may ask yourself why have 2 separate outlets. The awesome part about having a Keezer is that you can use it also as a fermentation chamber. Fermenting lagers is easily done when your digital control allows you to precisely control the fermenting temp.
Once you finish wiring the controller you simply have to set the temp and plug the freezer into the newly wired outlet and you have the ability to control the temp without freezing. I'm actually impressed how little this unit effects my power bill. if your confused on how to wire the controller still there is a really good video on youtube just type in STC-1000 Controller how to.
Step 8: Add Fan, Trim, Clearcoat and Drink Your First Homebrew!!
In the pic I used some spray foam insulation but I don't recommend this method (way to messy). I should have bought some foam insulation and glued it in the tower.
I cut to fit the trim pieces and spray painted them to match the color of the Keezer. I used liquid nails to secure the trim pieces.
Finally I sprayed a large amount of clear coat spray paint on the unit so that it wouldn't rust.
And there you have it My Very First Instructable!!!