Now that that's out of the way . . .
A few months ago I finished converting a chest freezer into a 4-tap keezer, which now resides in the garage. My brother-in-law, Shaun, was instrumental in its construction, which went something like this:
- Remove the lid from the chest freezer.
- Employ the services of a skilled craftsman relative who will likely accept payment in beer.
- Somehow talk that same person into giving you some beautiful "scraps" of reclaimed 2x12 redwood boards.
- Plane, cut, pre-drill holes, and assemble aforementioned boards to form the "collar" of the keezer.
- Stain and seal the collar.
- Attach drip tray.
- Affix plumbing, insulate the inside of the collar, install external thermostat, and reattach the lid to the top of the collar.
- Brew lots of beer, put it in kegs, and
- Presto! You no longer have a chest freezer, you have a keezer (and probably more friends than when it was just a freezer)!
No, this isn't original, and no, I'm not creative. I must give credit to my good friend, Kris, who built something very similar in Seattle for the inspiration as well as guidance as I stepped up my homebrew game. Hopefully this beautiful and functional appliance will one day have an inside home where it can be properly displayed.