Gear: Keezer Build

September 17, 2011 by Jack

Our keezer is up an running! A “keezer” is a kegerator made from a freezer. I think the term originated in this thread on HomeBrewTalk.

I wanted to build one of these things for a long time, but it’s a substantial investment in both time and money. But then Jess bought me a single keg, CO2 tank, and picnic tap for my birthday. I think she was tired of hearing me bitch about bottling beer. Her gift was a sign that it was time to take the plunge and go all in. I saw the chest freezer that will hold 5 corny kegs on sale at hhgreggrrhghhehhreeggg. I ordered all my kegging parts from Keg Connection. Their prices were good and the stuff came quickly. $7.95 flat rate shipping for a 50 pound package was nice, too!

I still need to get some tap handles. I have an idea for some cool ones…

Here’s the guts:

In the lower left is the wiring from the Love TS2 temperature controller. This is similar to the TSS2 that I used on the fermentation chamber, except this one does not handle both heating and cooling; it is for cooling only. Or heating. It can only do one thing – is what I’m trying to say. The temperature probe for the TS2 is in a wine bottle full of water. This is to buffer against rapid temperature swings. In the upper right is the CO2 manifold. This sends a single source of CO2 evenly to four kegs. It can be expanded later to support a fifth keg, or I can daisy-chain another manifold onto it. At the bottom right you can see where the beer lines connect to the tail end of the faucet shanks. Right now only the right-most one is serving beer.

And here’s a picture of the first pull of beer, Jess’s Brown Porter:

My APA is currently hooked up to the gas, carbonating. It should be ready to tap later this week.

I still have some work to do on the keezer, but it’s functional now. I need to make tap handles. I need to built a platform on casters so it can be wheeled around. It needs a drip tray below the faucets. I have to order one. Lastly, I want to get a bottle opener to mount on the collar between the TS2 and the faucets.

2 Responses to “Gear: Keezer Build”

  1. Jack,

    I really like the looks of your Keezer!

    (http://www.whenyeastattack.com/gear-keezer-build/)

    I would appreciate some more details if you don’t mind. What freezer? And anything else that would help?

    Thanks,

    Nick

  2. Thanks! It’s a Frigidaire 7.2 cu. ft. freezer. I don’t know if it’s available anymore, but most ~7 ft. freezers will hold 5 kegs. Check out the homebrewtalk link above as well as my ferm chamber build link (http://www.whenyeastattack.com/gear-fermentation-chamber-build/) for more info. You can find everything you need to know about building a keezer or ferm chamber on homebrewtalk.

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