Keezer Build

Here it is!! The long awaited keezer my boyfriend and I have been wanting to build for over a year. His birthday is coming up, and I’m throwing him a huge beer tasting party. So I figured, since our favorite hobby is home brewing, it would be awesome if we could showcase our beer to everyone in a keezer.

Keezer = chest freezer with kegs

This project took 5 days to complete (about 4 hours each day). We ran into some difficulties due to the weather being so hot and humid, but alas, minor imperfections and all, I am so proud of this!

Supplies:
Magic Chef 6.9 cu feet chest freezer
Eva-dry Renewable E-333 Wireless Mini Dehumidifier
AC Infinity LS8038A-X Standard Cooling Fan
Inkbird All-Purpose Digital Temperature Controller
4- Draft Warehouse Beer Faucet and 4-Inch Shank Kit with Black Handle
4 Tap Picnic Faucet Home Brew Kegerator Fully Assembled (came with all beverage lines, gas lines, 4 way gas manifold, co2 tank and regulator)
1×10 10 ft Common Board
Varathane 1 qt. Kona Premium Wood Stain + Poly
3- 12 oz. Flat Black General Purpose Spray Paint
8x6x3 Project Box in black
6 ft Power cord
20 AMP outlet
Outlet wall plate

Step 1 – We wanted a black freezer, but could not find any store that sold one for a low price. So we bought a white one, and spray painted it matte black. Removed the lid, and patched up the vents.

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Step 2- Build a collar. The reason we had to build a collar, was to have something to attach the taps to, while not having to drill into the freezer itself. Also, in order to fit 4 corny kegs, 1 keg had to sit on the hump, so 1×10 would give us enough room to do so. Using a 7/8″ spade bit, we made holes in the wood for the taps. I will admit, this was a very tight fit, but we made it work. We did not have access to a saw that would give us angles, so we improvised, and used liquid nails to seal the wood, and support from screws.

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Step 3- Stain the wood. At first I was having an issue with the stain getting darker. But quickly realized, due to the humidity, the stain was not fully drying therefore the second coat would not stick. I took the piece into the house to dry in air conditioning for awhile, and from there the stain worked flawlessly. We purchased a stain that had polyurethane in it, so it was an easy one step process.

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Step 4- Attach the collar to the freezer. We did so by using silicone. The silicone created a nice seal, and if something ever happens to the freezer where we need to replace it, the collar can be removed, and used again on a new freezer.

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Step 5- Once the silicone has dried, and the collar is attached to the freezer, reattach the lid using wood screws.

Step 6- Wire the temperature controller, and add to the project box. Keep it at a temperature between 38F-42F.

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Step 7- Transfer your beer to kegs.

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Step 8- Hook up your beverage lines to the shanks. Hook up your gas lines to the manifold and CO2 tank.

Step 9- Attach the gas line to the keg (we did at 30PSI), and purge 3 times until all air has escaped the keg.

Step 10- Place kegs in keezer, and carbonate at 30 PSI for 48 hours.

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Step 11- Change PSI to 12. Test beer, to see if you like the carbonation. If it is not ready, bump it back up to 30 PSI for another 12 hours. Check again. If it is too carbonated, purge the keg.

Step 12- Enjoy your keezer and throw a party to dispense all the beer!

TADA!

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Soon to be updated: I bought a dehumidifier, to keep the freezer dry and condensation free. I also bought a fan, to circulate the cold air. Many people have issues with their beer coming out foamy, because the bottom of the freezer is colder than where the beer lines are located. Warm beer = foam. The fan will prevent this.

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4 thoughts on “Keezer Build

  1. Excellent article! So, tell me…now that you’ve had it a while, how is is doing? Are there any changes you would have made during the build? Believe it or not I had just selected the same freezer to build my own keezer and I would really appreciate any feedback you could give me. Thanks!

    • Thank you for reading, it was such a fun project! The keezer has been a beautiful addition of furniture in our living room for one year now and I couldn’t love it more. We had many choices of freezers, but this one was perfect size, could easily fit 4 corny kegs with building a collar, and it was cheap. So far we have had no problems with the freezer, {knock on wood} and the set up works just fine for us. I only have 2 suggestions: If you plan on painting the keezer like we did, choose quality paint or coat it afterwards to set the paint. Unfortunately the spray paint we used scratched off easily while moving it. Secondly, we didn’t take in to account when we would defrost the keezer, the wood collar would warp. Now it’s nothing crazy, still works just fine.. but consider buying a higher quality wood, and insulating. Good luck!!

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