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Post  randi philleo on Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:53 am

Thank you. Unfortunately I didn't take any notes when I put it together. I followed some of the instructions from the diagram here. I wired it into an extension cord so I wouldn't have to cut any freezer wires.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions with it, I can always snap some pics of the inside of mine.

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Post  isley on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:12 am

Nice looking setup. Any chance you have a writeup on install of the temp controller?
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Post  randi philleo on Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:19 pm

Finally got the drip trays and the shelf installed! I think it works pretty slick.




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Post  Mike Philleo on Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:47 pm

I can safely say that not having a drip tray has not kept me from sampling my taps in the carpeted basement. At this point, I have no idea why I didn't move it inside from the garage earlier. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20 and homebrewing is 0.08.
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Post  randi philleo on Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:00 pm

Got the drip trays today, and I think I found my solution for mounting. It needs to be sturdy because we just moved the kegerator inside the house.

Kegerator: Adjustable Shelving Drip Tray (link)

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Post  randi philleo on Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:40 pm

Very nice Jon!

I just ordered my drip trays from Williams Brewing. Two of the 19 inchers. Probably the best deal online for them. That will cover 38 of the 43 inch freezer. Should be visually appealing with a nice break in the middle.
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Post  Jon on Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:33 pm

I installed the temperature controller on my keg cooler this evening and put a couple photos in the gallery. When I come up with a drip tray, I'll post a photo of that also. Right now the freezer is running, so I'll just need to monitor the temperature to make sure the controller is working properly. Cheers!
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Post  dkwandt on Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:23 pm

that would work, but i would go to say city air mechanical, with your measurements or american welding actually jeff is getting better at it to.

if mounted to the wood with a nice shinny metal, that could hold the wait of a full glass! but i guess that is me. i just see me dropping the glass and the magnet or glue letting loose!
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Post  randi philleo on Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:50 am

I was actually thinking of doing something with magnets or making a matching wood shelf and gluing it to the freezer. Then use that shelf to support the trays.
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Post  dkwandt on Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:46 am

Jon wrote:Randi,

Nice looking keg cooler! I like how you guys put the label for each tap on the front edge of the metal lid. I noticed you don't have a drip tray. I am still thinking about how I will do something for a drip tray. Any ideas?

Jon

i think you would need to attach it to the collar so that you dont have to worry about hitting refrigerant lines. your local metal show could fabricate it very easily.
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Post  randi philleo on Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:38 am

Thanks Jon! That freezer was really a piece of work when we bought it. But after some new paint, a collar, and a temp control unit it treats us pretty well. It has a bottom collar that hides the wheels underneath too. Freezers so old though it doesnt have a drain, but oh well.

That's right, I don't have a drip tray on it yet. Right now I just put a rubber mat on the floor. It's in our Garage, so mess isn't that big of a deal to me. I'd like to buy 2 drip trays for it eventually, I'm thinking just 2 19's for each side.

I do recommend the Love Control Units for anyone looking to do a kegerator.

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Labels on front edge of lid

Post  Jon on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:48 pm

Randi,

Nice looking keg cooler! I like how you guys put the label for each tap on the front edge of the metal lid. I noticed you don't have a drip tray. I am still thinking about how I will do something for a drip tray. Any ideas?

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Post  dkwandt on Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:58 pm

you did a really nice job, very clean look, natural wood gives it a sharp finish, nice tap handles to lable too. great job
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Post  randi philleo on Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:28 pm

Very nice Jon!

I went the collar route too:

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Post  ted h on Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:07 pm

VERY nicely done Jon!!!!
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Post  Jerry Ford on Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:09 pm

Jon,
I just found your pictures of your conversion in the Gallery section of this site. Quite interesting to raise the top of the Freezer to make all your connections without having to worry about puncturing the Freon lines. Well done, and impressive looking at the same time.
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Post  Jerry Ford on Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:32 pm

I am looking forward to seeing that conversion. I imagine deciding where to drill holes through the walls for hoses, etc. must be the tricky part. I wouldn't want to drill into a freon line!
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Freezer conversion to a keg cooler and lagering chest.

Post  Jon on Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:47 pm

I am in the process of modifying a chest freezer to use as a keg cooler and lagering chest. I will attempt to get some photos on here as I get a little further along with the project...
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