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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2014, 07:51:36 AM »
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.
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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2014, 08:27:37 PM »
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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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2014, 08:47:41 PM »
What has happened when you left a gap?  It's been working great but is there an upcoming problem I'm not aware of?

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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2014, 10:04:30 PM »
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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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2014, 10:18:52 PM »
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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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2014, 03:58:17 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.

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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2014, 04:03:45 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.
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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2014, 07:43:04 PM »
My wife put Christmas lights on it.  Not sure if I'm happy with this or not.
Still pours beer right? Your fine.
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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2014, 09:52:18 AM »
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.
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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2014, 10:30:20 AM »
Christmas lights are down now.  Just need to find time to brew beer to fill it.

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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2014, 03:21:45 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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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2014, 03:22:44 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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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2014, 10:17:16 AM »
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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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2014, 10:31:09 AM »
Just saw this thread...very nice job on the Keezer!  8)

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Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2014, 07:21:50 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.

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.