How To Make A Kegerator Out Of a Chest Freezer: Build Your Own Keezer!
A Kegerator is a cross between a beer keg and a refrigerator. It gives you the ability to store a lot of beer at once while easily being able to poor yourself a glass. For any home bar or man-cave, a kegerator is a must.
You can buy pre-built kegerators in many different shapes and sizes. To save some money, building your own kegerator is a great weekend project that doesn’t have to be that hard.
If you have an old chest freezer lying around, you can convert it into a “keezer”(kegerator + freezer). In this guide, we’ll be going over the necessary steps to building your very own kegerator at a low cost.
What You’ll Need
- Chest Freezer – this is the main box that you will turn into a keezer. The size of freezer you get is dependent on how many corny kegs you want to fit inside.
- Dispensing Materials – you will need the following to set up the connections on your keezer:
a. chrome beer faucets (preferably 2)
c. beverage tubing and gas tubing (about 20 feet but depends on your chest freezer size)
d. gas manifold (4-way)
e. liquid and gas disconnects
- Wood Boards – you need to find some quality lumber for the tap collar of the freezer. The purpose of the collar is to provide a much easier, and more forgiving, surface to drill through. Make sure not to go cheap on this step. The last thing you want are warped boards that will let cold air escape your keezer.
- CO2 tank – Beer isn’t going to magically jet out of your tap. You’re are going to need a CO2 tank to pressurize your beer.
- Cornelius Kegs – You need some sort of tank to store your beer. Right?
- Temperature Controller – While you don’t want your beer to completely freeze, you also don’t want it to become warm. This is where a temperature controller comes in handy.
d. Silicone (for sealing)
e. Polyurethane (for staining the wood collar)
Step 1: Disassembling the freezer and building the collar
The first thing you need to do is take off the lid of the freezer to make way for the collar.
Start by unscrewing the hinged lid of the chest freezer and set it aside. Build a collar according to the size and dimensions of your freezer.
Step 2: Staining the collar
Before you stain the collar, make sure that the each holes you drilled are properly filled with wood putty. This will make your collar look like one piece of wood after it is stained.
When the putty dries, you can begin to stain the collar. A quick-drying, dark stain works best and hides any imperfections of the wood. It should take around 4 coats to reach a desirable color.
Step 3: Attaching the collar
Now that you have finished your collar, it’s time to attach it to the freezer. Apply enough silicone to the edges of the freezer’s top and gently place over the collar. To make sure it bonds well, make sure to go heavy with the silicone and let it dry over night.
You can put some more silicone on the edges after it dries if you feel it needs a bit more. The last thing you want is a weak seal!
Step 4: Taps, hoses, and more fun stuff!
Now, it’s time for the fun part! (if you aren’t already having a blast) – Now we must connect the taps and hoses.
Start with the 4-way manifold and then drill holes for the shanks on opposite sides. Next, connect the beverage and gas lines as well as slip in the quick-disconnects.
Step 5: Putting the top back on
Remember when you took away the lid of the chest freezer? Now it’s time to get that thing back to where it belongs. Be careful when placing the lid on the freezer. You don’t want to damage any of your hardware at this point!
To make sure your alcohol stays fresh at all times, put some gasket tape on the collar so that when the lid is closed, the cold air will be sealed and won’t escape from the chest freezer.
Step 6: Installing the temperature controller
Rigging a temperature controller to your freezer isn’t as complicating as it sounds.
To install one, drill a hole through the wood collar to put the controller probe inside. Attach the temperature controller box outside of the freezer. Then, all you have to do is plug the freezer into the temperature controller and then plug the temperature controller to a wall.
Having a temperature controller is very important, not only to keep your beer temperature constant, but also to save money on electricity. A temperature controller is a must-have for your homemade keezer.
Making a homemade kegerator out of a chest freezer is not an expensive or difficult project.
If you follow these steps, gather all of the proper materials you need, and take your time, your keezer will come out just as good, if not better, than commercial kegerators that big companies sell.