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Homebrewing has been another hobby of mine for a few years now. Anyone who has bottled homebrew before knows what a chore it is to sanitize bottles, measure priming sugar, fill, cap and clean a 5 gallon batch of beer. A year ago I decided to step up to kegging my beer and since getting into woodworking I've gained the skills to attempt a kegerator (or "keezer") collar. This is just an insulated wood frame that fits between the chest freezer and it's lid that has beer faucets built in.

I modified the freezer to run at fridge temps. This was also my first attempt at dowel joinery. The collar itself is made from 2×8s. I'm not very happy with the stain so I'll probably end up redoing it and yes, the foam gasket that I added to the top is a sad sight. As a bonus, the collar has given me the height clearance to add one more keg on the compressor hump in the fridge. I also moved the co2 tank outside of the fridge and cut an insulated hole in the collar to run the line inside.

The 4th pic is of two of my current beers: smoked scotch ale on the left, imperial IPA "pliny the elder" clone on the right.

Thanks for looking!

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Looks good. Is it beetle kill pine?
 

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Thanks Monte. It's Home Depot Douglas fir and it's my horrible choice of stain that's making it look like beetle kill pine I think. Probably would look great on some projects but not the look I was going for. Lesson learned: test the stain before you commit!
 

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Love beer, but never was successful at brewing. Those beers look good. Wish I could get the brewing down.
 

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Looks good your going to have to make some tap handles now.
 

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lacylanestudio: In homebrewing we tell ourselves "relax, dont worry, have a homebrew" and in the end, you're drinking beer so how bad can it be? I wasn't able to make beer that I really liked at first but research, practice and friendly advice got me on track quickly. I'm happy to answer any questions you have about brewing if you decide to give it another go. Your local homebrew shop and homebrew clubs are always a great place to ask questions and try good beer!

Nice bottle openers, by the way. I'm going to have to add that to my list of projects to try.
 

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A very useful project.
 

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johnstoneb: No lathe yet but I might try my hand at carving for handles.
 

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Awesome, I also homebrew so this is one of those projects that I can really appreciate!
 

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Very useful project. If you ever need help from your friends on a project, you should not have any problem
providing you get them to finish the work before they start on the beer. With that statement,"no lathe yet"
it sounds like you just might be on that slippery slope of becoming a woodworker with a big shop and many
tools. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Nice collar for your kegerator. Beer brewing and woodworking goes together well. The inserted picture is what happens when the two collide.


I've been brewing for 21 years and woodworking for 10 a passion for both. The only problem you'll find is how to combine them so the wife doesn't leave you.
 

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Nice looking collar! I recently built a collar for the keezer project of a work colleague of mine. And this is the bar I built to house my homebrew. I love brewing as much as I love woodworking, so bringing them together is so satisfying. My favorite two things in the world (beside my wife I suppose… lol)

 

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I had a feeling there were a bunch of homebrewers on LumberJocks! I don't have any plans to build a wet bar right now but I have built a back bar that I'll post soon.

J.L. - I think I've stuck some kind of wife jackpot as she's very happy about the two hobbies. She gets furniture and beer made-to-order after all.
 
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