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Building a keezer

Working on my keezer this weekend and I have 2 questions. I’m drilling holes in the collar (2x6) for 3 faucets. What size hole do I need to drill and how far apart should the holes be? I was thinking drill one dead center and have the outside ones 4" from the center one. That takes up 8" so I can get a 10 or 12" drip tray to cover all 3.

What size are the shanks? That is the size to drill the holes. :wink:

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Measure twice and drill once to be certain you drip tray will cover everything.

Do you have the taps and shanks? If not, I would wait until I did.

It’s got to be a 1" hole. I think virtually all shanks are 7/8". My shanks and faucets are on order but they appear to be 7/8" so I went ahead and drilled a 1 1/8" hole. I don’t think it should be a problem. I spaced them 4" apart. Later I will buy a 6x12" drip tray that should suffice. I’ll post some pictures when done. I was going to build a really nice one with either a fancy maple or cherry collar or simply a triple tower and paint it black with my college team logo on it, however SWMBO said no to a keezer in the house so I’m doing a 2x6 collar with 3 faucets and just hit the 2x6 with some white spray paint. It’s fine in the “man cave”. I should have faucets installed later this week as well at the 3 gauge regulator. That will allow me to force carb at 20/30 PSI on one keg while the others are set to 8-12 Lbs.

hope your holes aren’t too big. I drilled mine so the holes were tight when I installed the shanks. I did not want to worry about any movement when operating the taps.

+1. I drilled mine 1/8" more narrow than the shank. It took a bit of effort–but really, only a little bit–to get the shanks in place, but there’s no play in any direction.

I’m sure there won’t be an issue. I can always wrap the shank with foam tape.

The only thing I’ll add to what’s already been said is, check these out: not only do they provide a nice template for drilling your holes, but they are very reasonably priced (check around) and provide an easy way to mount a drip plate on your keezer. They also look cool.

OK got my faucets installed and there are no issues. The holes were a little larger than needed but the flange nut on the inside keeps everything nice and tight. I haven’t ordered a drip tray yet. I ordered the handles and additional hardware from NB and will hopefully get the 3 gauge regulator on Friday. Right now just one keg hooked up but it works perfectly although is seems like the new faucets produce a lot more foam than the picnic taps did.

As stated earlier this is a pretty “utilitarian” set up. It’s not really pretty, but I think it will be very functional. Someday if I can get the green light from SWMBO I’ll build a really fancy one.

I’ll post some pictures as soon as I get the gauge and handles installed.

[quote=“Scalded Dog”]seems like the new faucets produce a lot more foam than the picnic taps did.

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How long are your liquid lines? If they are shorter than the picnic tap line and beer is being pressurized at same PSI, it will be foamier.

My lines are 6 feet and I pressurize around 10 PSI.

Cheers,
Drew

[quote=“Turkeygecko”][quote=“Scalded Dog”]seems like the new faucets produce a lot more foam than the picnic taps did.

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How long are your liquid lines? If they are shorter than the picnic tap line and beer is being pressurized at same PSI, it will be foamier.

My lines are 6 feet and I pressurize around 10 PSI.

Cheers,
Drew[/quote]

I simply reused the same line just removed picnic tap and stuck it on the new nipple. I think it was foamy because we were getting to the bottom of the keg. The three of us drained it :slight_smile:

OK My keezer is 100% done. It’s not as fancy as Brewmanchu’s but it works very well.

Here are some pics:


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3 kegs fit just right in the 7 cu ft freezer. I added wheels to the freezer and they work great to move it around. The collar is 2x6. Sorry about the mess.


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I made these plates out of 1/8 steel and they secure the back so there is no chance of the collar coming off. The collar is simply glued with a high quality silicone.


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I know …I know…goofy taps. My son got me them for Xmas. I don’t use the Monty Python one because it’s just too cumbersome …always bumping it and spilling beer.

Here is the inside:


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This gauge is pretty good but I had to modify it. Note I added 90º elbows and shutoffs with barb fittings. What I don’t like about it is that the gauge on the left has it’s readings in 20 PSI increments which makes it a bit harder to fine tune. What I really like about it is that I can have different pressures for different beers.

[quote=“Scalded Dog”]OK My keezer is 100% done. It’s not as fancy as Brewmanchu’s but it works very well.

Here are some pics:


http://s102.photobucket.com/user/russbyrd/media/012_zpsbcf0e674.jpg.html

3 kegs fit just right in the 7 cu ft freezer. I added wheels to the freezer and they work great to move it around. The collar is 2x6. Sorry about the mess.


http://s102.photobucket.com/user/russbyrd/media/015_zps32de7c72.jpg.html

I made these plates out of 1/8 steel and they secure the back so there is no chance of the collar coming off. The collar is simply glued with a high quality silicone.


http://s102.photobucket.com/user/russbyrd/media/022_zpsdeda4a29.jpg.html

I know …I know…goofy taps. My son got me them for Xmas. I don’t use the Monty Python one because it’s just too cumbersome …always bumping it and spilling beer.[/quote]

Looks good Dog!!

I don’t think my build is all that fancy but I am flattered by your comment…lol. The extra time and material was minimal in regards to the benefits the keezer gains. I may have spent some extra cash buying all stainless accessories and Perlick taps but I figure, Why buy twice? I will say that I’m not happy with the 6ft beer lines, though. I have more line now and will try 10ft when I get time or maybe just run that on the next keg.

UGA fan, huh? I don’t mind them as my father was from the peach state but I hate hearing about the SEC. The U baby!!

Well done, S-Dog. Plain or fancy, the beer tastes the same. :wink:

:cheers:

Thanks guys. Brewmanchu…I’ll get a Steelers magnet if I can :slight_smile:

Once I reminded SWMBO that the walk to the keezer was shorter and warmer with it in the house, she had no objections to it being in the house.

Cheers

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