I’ve decided to take another big step in the home brewing process – kegging. Some of you may be confused by the title of this post “The Keezer Project” (think Freezer) when I’m going to be kegging.
A keezer is one of several options for serving home brew from a keg. The easiest option is to tap the keg, toss it into a tub of ice and serve. Another option is to convert or buy a refrigerator that has been modified to hold a keg and disburse the beer via a tap – a kegerator. Due to the size and shape of fridges, kegerators are generally limited to having 1 or 2 kegs on tap at a time. A keezer on the other hand is usually made from a chest freezer combined with a temperature control unit that allows the freezer to be kept at a consistent temperature, above freezing, perfect for the draft beer. Depending on the size of the chest freezer you can have a couple kegs up to 6+.
After doing tons of research on the subject, I decided to go with a keezer for my draft beer system. There are a lot of different ways to build a keezer, some are as simple as adding a “collar” to make the chest freezer taller and have taps running out the side. A collar is a rectangular frame that sits between the lid and the freezer and usually is made from wood. More elaborate keezers involve building the collar, a frame around the entire freezer and adding finished top with tower faucets running out of the top. Over the course of the next few posts I’ll be describing the process of building the keezer and providing pictures of the project.