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How to Build a Keezer

 Step by Step Instructions
keezer Keezers (keg freezers) come in all shapes and sizes. Many are enclosed, have towers, etc. but this is a guide to a very simple keezer that we had around the shop for a little while.

keezer 7 cubic foot

 

 

A small 7 cubic foot chest freezer can hold 3 corny kegs nicely and makes it the perfect homebrew keezer. 

(We picked up this freezer used for $75.)

 

keezer hinge Using a phillips head screwdriver, remove the 4 screws connecting the hinges to the freezer.  Note: they are spring loaded, please use caution. 
remove keezer lid

Remove the lid

cut chest freezer collar

Measure the top of your chest freezer and cut a collar so it sits flush with the outside of the top of the freezer.

This collar is made from 2x6 pine.

pre drill collar holes

Pre-drill your holes to prevent splitting.

screw together keeper collar

Screw together with 2" screws.

check collar fit

Place collar on top of the freezer and check the fit.  The wood should be flush with the edges.

attach using liquid nails

Collars can be attached permanently using liquid nails.  Place collar back on the freezer, add some weight to the top of the collar, and let dry overnight.

miter trim to 45 degrees

Measure and cut your trim pieces.  8" x 1/2" white shelving was chosen so it wouldn't have to be painted but any wood can be used. Many people will chose a nice hardwood and then stain and seal it.

close up of mitered keeper edges

The edges are mitered to a 45 degree angle.

glue trim onto keezer collar

How you attach the trim is up to you.  You can screw it and cover the holes or just glue them on. 

The trim is slightly higher than the collar, just make sure the lid can close.

clamp and let trim dry

Clamp and left dry overnight.

Only 3 trim pieces are used because you're not going to see the back.

place foam tape to seal

Place foam tape on the top of the 2x6" collar so the lid can form a nice seal.

screw collar lid back on

Re-attach the lid.  

The screws that come with it are designed for sheet metal, so you'll have to switch to a wood screw (1-1/4" construction screw)

keeper with open lid

You're almost there.

measure spacing for shanks

Measure the spacing for your shanks.  4" is a good distance from one another.

drill using 7/8 spade bit

Using a 7/8" spade bit, drill your holes.  

insert beer shanks

Insert your shanks.

attach beer faucets

Attach faucets and tap handles.  

attach air manifold

On the inside of the collar, attach your air manifold.

attach co2 tank

Attach your CO2 tank to the air manifold.  (5 lb tank shown)

attach 3/8 beverage tubing to shanks

Attach 3/8" beverage tubing to shanks.

attach air lines to manifold

Attach air lines to manifold.

glue styrofoam to inside of keezer collar

Glue styrofoam to the inside of your collar for insulation.  

temp control

Connect temp control unit.  Done!

Your temperature control unit keeps your freezer from falling below 32 degrees.  A Johnson Control temperature controller works well, but there are others to choose from.  

Plug the freezer into the controller, then the controller into your outlet.  Run the temperature probe into your keezer, turn your freezer on high, and set the control unit to your desired temperature.