The first step of The Keezer project was the design. There were a lot of variables to consider; types of kegs being used, types of taps and the complexity of the design are the main topics this post will cover.
There are 2 types of kegs out there for home brewers to use. The kegs used are 5 gallon Cornelius “Corny” kegs that were previous used by soda companies – Coke and Pepsi. There are 2 types of corny kegs used in home brewing – Pin Lock and Ball Lock. The main difference between the types of kegs is the types of fittings used. The pin lock kegs use a pin lock fitting and the ball lock, well you guessed it, a ball lock fitting.
The second decision to make is the type of tap to use. There are 3 types of taps – Picnic, Faucet and Tower. A Picnic tap is a free-hanging handle that is connected to the keg to serve beer, typically the keg is in a container filled with ice. The Faucet tap is a tap that you would see at a bar, connected to a solid surface with the handle and the spout being accessible. The lines are completely hidden and the keg is typically also hidden from sight. The last type of tap is the Tower. The lines are contained in a cylindrical tower with the handle and spouts at the top of it and the lines going out the bottom. As with the Faucet tap, the lines are hidden and the keg can be kept out of sight as long as the lines are long enough to reach it.
The last major design related step was the complexity of the design. A Keezer can be as simple as putting a wooden collar on the chest freezer and running faucet taps through the collar. The more complex the design the closer to a free standing bar the Keezer can become. One of the most complex designs I’ve seen includes a stained wooden top with shelving along the front and sides, with a built-in wine rack.
For my Keezer project I will be using Pin Lock kegs, Faucet taps and a more complex design, with shelving in the front, a wine rack in the front corner and additional shelving on one of the sides. I wanted to keep the side vents of the freezer free of obstruction. The work has been started on the Keezer and the next two blog posts will contain pictures and descriptions of the various steps in the process.