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Title: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: gmac on November 24, 2013, 04:22:06 PM
First of all, sorry for the quality of the photo's the Blackberry just doesn't have a great camera and heck if I can find my good one since we moved.

Our new house has a nice bar area but no room for taps.  Had to have some sort of taps but my wife was adamant that she didn't want something that looked like a freezer just sitting there.  The bar area is adjacent to a large "great room" where we entertain and spend most of our time so I can't say I blame her.  And my oldest son was getting pretty tired of going down to the basement to get beer.
So, I built this:
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20131124-00080_zpse6b2450b.jpg) (http://s976.photobucket.com/user/cancichfan/media/IMG-20131124-00080_zpse6b2450b.jpg.html)

The bar is a distressed black finish so the intent was to match this or at least come sort of close.  The panels don't match perfectly but good enough for what I was after.
The panels are attached with 2x4's cut down slightly to give 3 inches of clearance all the way round.  There is no ventilation right now but if I find that the freezer isn't working properly I will add a computer fan and hook it into the temperature controller so that it comes on when the freezer is running.  The temp control is a simple Johnson analog control with the probe in a water bottle in the freezer.  The whole thing is on rollers so it can be moved and pulled away from the wall.  It has to be rolled out to get adequate clearance for the taps with the lid open anyway.
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20131124-00083_zps08b71e92.jpg) (http://s976.photobucket.com/user/cancichfan/media/IMG-20131124-00083_zps08b71e92.jpg.html)

The taps are Peerless taps and the tubing was made for me by a friend that works in the food handling industry.  It cost me $50 for parts and a case of beer for the guy that welded it up for me.  Another friend who owns a machine shop made the fittings for the taps to screw into.  I've already more than paid for them with beer over the years....
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20131124-00082_zps59473aee.jpg) (http://s976.photobucket.com/user/cancichfan/media/IMG-20131124-00082_zps59473aee.jpg.html)
The lines aren't insulated and I lose about 2 oz or so to foam with the first pour but that is not a major concern for me. I usually just start the pour into a solo cup and then finish in glass. The next item to add is a drip tray but I haven't gotten that far yet.  The peerless taps really don't drip much so if I wait a couple seconds, there isn't any issue.
The top is just peal and stick floor tile and the while top is attached to the freezer top with construction adhesive.  Everything on the walls of the freezer is also attached with construction adhesive to avoid puncturing anything.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20131124-00081_zps123d26d4.jpg) (http://s976.photobucket.com/user/cancichfan/media/IMG-20131124-00081_zps123d26d4.jpg.html)

I have a 10 lb tank in there right now running all 5 kegs so individual gas control isn't possible yet, and probably won't be.  The lines are 1/4 inch and it has taken some work to get them balanced alright but it's working for now although I may switch them out to 3/16 sometime in the future.  Right now I'm carbing new kegs elsewhere because I'm running pretty low pressure on this system.  The freezer will hold 4 cornies and a smaller 3 gal on the hump for the compressor. The 3 gal will likely either have cider or hard lemonade in it most of the time just for variety.  If we're having a party or something I may even mix up 3 gal of rye and ginger or something.

My wife made the sign for above the bar so that we can keep track of what is on tap although she's gonna have to be the one that writes on it because my penmanship is terrible.
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20131124-00084_zps9d8ea9c7.jpg) (http://s976.photobucket.com/user/cancichfan/media/IMG-20131124-00084_zps9d8ea9c7.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: Mark G on November 24, 2013, 05:08:06 PM
Wow, nice work. I'd like to have friends like yours!
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: duboman on November 24, 2013, 08:30:26 PM
Nice build! Great looking addition to the house!
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: HoosierBrew on November 24, 2013, 08:54:20 PM
Very nice work !   Love the custom tubing.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: mxrob on November 24, 2013, 11:10:57 PM
Nice work gmac!  :) Very unique tap arrangement.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: redbeerman on November 26, 2013, 02:25:38 PM
I like it!
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: Three on November 26, 2013, 02:38:47 PM
SAAWEEET!  Nicely done!
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: gmac on November 26, 2013, 11:53:20 PM
Finally got all 5 pouring today (#4 was still carbing).  Gonna be a long, long winter...
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: Pinski on November 27, 2013, 12:11:27 AM
Well done!
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: thebigbaker on November 27, 2013, 01:10:54 AM
Very nice build! 
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: gmac on December 02, 2013, 02:42:31 AM
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not. 
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: jcwhoffman on December 02, 2013, 03:30:29 PM
Looks Great!!!
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: Joe Sr. on December 02, 2013, 04:43:57 PM
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not.

Leave them up all year and you can call them "party lights."
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: blatz on December 02, 2013, 09:10:37 PM
great job!
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: el_capitan on January 12, 2014, 02:47:42 AM
That came out really nice.  The welds look really clean.  You may want to "season" your entire blackboard by rubbing a white piece of chalk across the whole surface.  Just lay a stick of chalk on its side and cover the whole board, then erase.  That way, the whole board takes on a slightly duller appearance and your eraser marks won't show as much. 

I'm going to have to steal your idea of using construction adhesive to mount things inside - my gas manifold is kind of dangling by copper wire right now.  Great idea.  Cheers.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: euge on January 12, 2014, 02:51:36 PM
Looks great! I like the mild distressed look to the panels- which leads me to believe they were salvaged... If so that was a great move on your part.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: mesabrewery on January 20, 2014, 03:27:37 AM
I like the tubular tap setup...looks very clean. I have built several keezers over the years and through my own trial and error and reading, I have learned that if you are going to leave a gap between the freezer wall and your paneling...you need to use fans of some sort. The best solution I have found is to adhere the panels directly to the freezer and make a cutout (or drill multiple holes) over the vent (usually on the side of the freezer) and cover with a decorative vent cover.

...as long as the side panels are warm to the touch, that means that it is displacing heat efficiently

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Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: gmac on January 20, 2014, 03:47:41 AM
What has happened when you left a gap?  It's been working great but is there an upcoming problem I'm not aware of?
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: mesabrewery on January 20, 2014, 05:04:30 AM
What has happened when you left a gap?  It's been working great but is there an upcoming problem I'm not aware of?

The air between the panels and the walls of the freezer hold in the heat, making the compressor work harder than it should...resulting in a much shorter lifespan for the compressor.

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Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: mesabrewery on January 20, 2014, 05:18:52 AM
My last few keezers I have built I have insulated the coffins where the taps sit...so foaming is not an issue for me.

I did have one keezer that had a first pour foaming issue, my solution to that...always invite your guests to the first pour, they think your being courteous and you get a clean pour...win/win

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Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: wsoublo on January 25, 2014, 10:58:17 PM
This is a great build.  I love the stainless and distressed looking panels.  Where did you source them?  Are they individual cabinet doors?

Either way, I'm in the middle of building mine and would love to implement the look into my build.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: gmac on January 26, 2014, 11:03:45 PM
The cabinet is essentially a 1x4 frame held together with pocket screws. Plywood on the back and the individual panels are just MDF that is glued and tacked with brads onto the plywood. I made a quick jig to hold the panels on edge and then ran them threw the table saw on their edges to cut the chamfer. Maybe 15 degrees or so I think.
Basically I faked a rised panel, painted them black, scuffed the edges and then varnished the whole thing to protect the bare edges. You can see the plywood if you look at the end view where it's open. It's all screwed to the 2x4s that are on the base and that's glued to the freezer. Screw holes plugged and sanded flush.

I'm building another one for around my fish tank support but it will be free standing so I can move it to clean the filters.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: Jimmy K on January 27, 2014, 02:43:04 AM
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not.
Still pours beer right? Your fine.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: Pinski on January 27, 2014, 04:52:18 PM
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not.
Still pours beer right? Your fine.

Hmmm, no. We're a month beyond Christmas.  Unless you live in a sorority house, this is not OK.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: gmac on January 27, 2014, 05:30:20 PM
Christmas lights are down now.  Just need to find time to brew beer to fill it.
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: Jimmy K on January 27, 2014, 10:21:45 PM
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not.
Still pours beer right? Your fine.

Hmmm, no. We're a month beyond Christmas.  Unless you live in a sorority house, this is not OK.
If he lives in a sorority house, also fine.

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Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 27, 2014, 10:22:44 PM
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not.
Still pours beer right? Your fine.

Hmmm, no. We're a month beyond Christmas.  Unless you live in a sorority house, this is not OK.
If he lives in a sorority house, also fine.

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Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: gmac on January 28, 2014, 05:17:16 PM
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not.
Still pours beer right? Your fine.

Hmmm, no. We're a month beyond Christmas.  Unless you live in a sorority house, this is not OK.
If he lives in a sorority house, also fine.

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I wish...
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: bluesman on January 28, 2014, 05:31:09 PM
Just saw this thread...very nice job on the Keezer!  8)

better late than never...
Title: Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
Post by: wsoublo on January 29, 2014, 02:21:50 AM
The cabinet is essentially a 1x4 frame held together with pocket screws. Plywood on the back and the individual panels are just MDF that is glued and tacked with brads onto the plywood. I made a quick jig to hold the panels on edge and then ran them threw the table saw on their edges to cut the chamfer. Maybe 15 degrees or so I think.

That's pretty clever.  Did you not have any issue with cutting the chamfer into MDF?  I'd expect the fibers to have a significantly different texture than the top finish.