Making a Keezer – Part 1: What you’ll need

Over the next few posts, I’m going to be talking about building a keezer. A keezer is a chest freezer transformed into a kegerator (kind of a play on words). I chose a keezer because the dimensions of the chest freezer would hold the three kegs I was planning to purchase with room to hold two more. If you’re scratching your head thinking, “Won’t the freezer freeze your beer?”, there’s an ingenious and relatively inexpensive temperature control unit you can purchase which enables you to configure the thermostat’s temperature. I began my hunt by looking at craigslist for a used refrigerator when I first started planning this project and it didn’t take me long to convince myself to just buy everything new (including the kegs and freezer) and save myself the hassle. So, for about $1000 bucks, I currently have all the pieces needed to get this keezer running and serving homebrew on draft.

You will need to modify the freezer by building a collar. If you do it right, you should be able to undo any changes you’ve made to it and convert it back to a normal chest freezer without any damage or sign of modification. As far as the collar, you’ll need some basic carpentry skills. The collar is a frame made out of wood that you install between the body of the freezer and the lid. It gives you an area to drill holes through so you can have beer faucets on the outside. Okay, onto the list…

Item Description Get It
Chest Freezer 8.8 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer – Kenmore Model #16949
This model is big enough to hold 5 kegs with the CO2 tank inside.
Sears
$321.10 after $35 promo
Temperature Control Unit Temperature Control Unit
Thermostat override so you can set your freezer to run above the freezing mark.
Homebrew Stuff
$49.99
Stainless Kegs Stainless Steel Ball-Lock Cornelius Kegs (5 gallons)
Qty: 3
Homebrew Stuff
$299.98 ($99.99 each)
CO2 Tank 5 lb. CO2 Aluminum Tank Beverage Factory
$56.95
CO2 Regulator CO2 Regulator
Sidenote: mine came with a barbed fitting
Homebrew Stuff
$39.99
CO2 Distributor CO2 Distributor 3-Way w/ 1/4" MFL shutoffs
I prefer to have a ball valve at each point so I can force-carb a keg without having to disconnect the others.
Northern Brewer
$39.99
Gas Ball Lock Disconnect Gas Ball Lock Disconnects with 1/4" MFL Fittings
Qty: 3
Northern Brewer
$17.98 ($5.99 ea.)
Liquid Ball Lock Disconnect Liquid Ball Lock Disconnects with 1/4" MFL Fittings
Qty: 3
Northern Brewer
$17.98 ($5.99 ea.)
MFL Barbed Swivel Nuts 1/4" Barbed Swivel MFL Nuts
Qty: 11
Northern Brewer
$14.30 ($1.30 ea.)
Vinyl Washer Nylon Washers – Flared
Qty: 11
Northern Brewer
$1.65 ($0.15 ea.)
Worm Gear Stainless Worm Gear Clamps
Qty: 14
Northern Brewer
$10.50 ($0.75 ea.)
Stainless Beer Shank 3" Stainless Steel Faucet Shank
Qty: 3
Midwest Supplies
$68.97 ($22.99 ea.)
Stainless Beer Faucet Stainless Steel Faucet
Qty: 3
Midwest Supplies
$89.97 ($29.99 ea.)
Stainless Tail Piece 1/4" Stainless Tail Piece
Qty: 3
Midwest Supplies
$7.50 ($2.50 ea.)
Neoprene Washer Neoprene Washer (goes between shank and tail piece)
Qty: 3
Midwest Supplies
$3.00 ($1.00 ea.)
Wing Nuts Wing Nut for Shank
Qty: 3
Midwest Supplies
$8.98 ($2.99 ea.)
Faucet Handle Faucet Tap Handles
Qty: 3
Cheap handles until I come across something I really like.
Midwest Supplies
$7.47 ($2.49 ea.)
Beverage Line Tubing SuperFlex Beverage Tubing
35 Feet
You really only need 25 feet. I ordered extra.
More Beer
$22.75 ($0.65 /ft.)

Why did I order from 5 different companies?

I’m relatively new (2012) to the homebrewing community and I thought this would be a great opportunity to test the waters for each company. I’m big on customer service. My wife owns her own company and customers mean everything to us. I took note on communication, turn-around time, quality, and the overall vibe I got from each company. I also kept in mind getting the best product at the best price without cheaping out. It took me a week to come up with this list so I thought someone out there would benefit from it. Stay tuned for Part 2: Making the Collar.

2 thoughts on “Making a Keezer – Part 1: What you’ll need

    1. You bet Alex! It’s been going really well with the kegs. It saves you a ton of time vs. scrubbing and sanitizing 50 bottles every time you make a batch of beer. Right now, I have 2 batches on tap – a chocolate oatmeal stout and a raspberry wheat. I’m really excited to get my 3rd batch out of the secondary and into the keg. I did a New Zealand IPA kit and it should be ready in about a week!

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