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dave tevis
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Username: Azshtr

Post Number: 29
Registered: 09-2003
Posted From: 67.40.92.126
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 12:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well after almost 9 months the remodel is almost done. Started as "honey lets redo the kitchen". Now after 1400 added feet I have a place for a real bar! Time to design and build it. Any tips on your dream bar? I have about 15 feet long for the back and 8 feet for the front bar. Any web sites you guys have found with design tips or plans? I can't wait to start brewing again... its been a long remodel!
 

dave tevis
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Username: Azshtr

Post Number: 30
Registered: 09-2003
Posted From: 67.40.92.126
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 02:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I searched the archives here and saw some great home setups. I have a question about converting freezers to keg coolers. I know that you use a new controller but are there any setups that have access in front rather than top. Has anyone built there own out of wood and insulation? My concern is building it into the bar and being able to lift the lid to access the kegs.

Thanks again
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 3618
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.229.8
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 03:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The easiest way to convert a freezer for dispensing beer is to build a collar and mount the taps in the collar. Among the benefits is no problem opening and closing it to change kegs.
 

Onebarrel
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Username: Onebarrel

Post Number: 83
Registered: 12-2002
Posted From: 66.48.1.67
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If I were ever to do it again, I would build around chest freezer and make it portable.

Build the top as a lid and have a smaller lid/door built under the tower - that way you could change out the kegs easily.
mine
 

don price
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Username: Donzoid

Post Number: 758
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 65.32.230.86
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 10:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would look into getting a real kegerator to go under the bar. You probably aren't going to move after all that work so you might as well do it right.

Alternatively, build the chest freezer into the bar and add hinges to the bar top so that it opens up with the freezer.

Good topic...I should be building a bar for the pool once I swallow the concept of more debt...

Don
 

dave tevis
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Username: Azshtr

Post Number: 31
Registered: 09-2003
Posted From: 67.40.92.126
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 10:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the help.

I like the idea of the bar top hinging out of the way. As I saw the problem the chest cooler top would hit the bar top when opening. At least the way I intended to build it... Bar top higher and overhanging the counter side of the bar... I want the kegs / taps on the front side of the bar not the back side. If I went with a kegerator how many 5 gal soda kegs can you fit in?
 

Merle
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Username: Merle

Post Number: 50
Registered: 05-2002
Posted From: 63.24.117.190
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 01:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Six cornies in a upright fridge.
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 511
Registered: 10-2000
Posted From: 24.30.0.91
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 02:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"If I went with a kegerator how many 5 gal soda kegs can you fit in"
My Beverage-Air would hold four.
 

dave tevis
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Username: Azshtr

Post Number: 32
Registered: 09-2003
Posted From: 67.40.92.126
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 05:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is anyone using a cabinet hieght sanyo? What size and how many kegs fit in.

Connie, What model beverage air is that?

How about using the cooling parts for a built in cooling box.

I know... many questions... Thanks for the help
 

Mike A.
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Username: Mike_a

Post Number: 120
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 128.173.15.160
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 06:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've got a Sanyo 4910 counter high fridge. It will fit two 5-gallon ball-lock kegs along with a 5-lb CO2 tank without any modifications. If you remove the plastic door shelving it will also fit a 3-gallon keg without the CO2 tank. They are really sweet for a small area.
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 513
Registered: 10-2000
Posted From: 24.30.0.91
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 12:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My Beverage-Air is now history...I found it at a garage sale including a (full) 20# tank for $40.... It was nasty, but cleaned up well and I got a year's worth of service out of it before the compressor gave up. Sorry, I don't know the model, but it came from a local bar that went out of business and it was SS all around!
 

Bob Girolamo
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Username: Brewerbob

Post Number: 59
Registered: 06-2002
Posted From: 192.91.147.34
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 03:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Or you could just get another kegerator. My Bev-Air holds 12 cornies. Two high top bar tables and stools from superprod.com and you're good to go.

Ask not what your country can brew for you but, what you can brew for your country!


http://www.geocities.com/bob_girolamo/
 

Steve Sampson
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Username: Sampsosm

Post Number: 149
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 129.137.216.2
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have the Sanyo full size (1/2 bbl) kegerator from beveragefactory. We (well mostly my father in law) built the bar around the kegerator, so it can easily be moved in and out if needed. It hold 3 cornies, but ONLY if one is the single strap kind, or a 3 gallon. We then added a three faucet tower.

I'm happy with it although it would be nice to have more room, you still will need another fridge for fermenting and lagering.

Steve
 

dave tevis
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Username: Azshtr

Post Number: 33
Registered: 09-2003
Posted From: 67.40.92.126
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 03:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think I will go with the largest sanyo kegerator (or home made version) in the bar front. That will give me 3 taps and a clean design. The bar back will have a full size refrigerator anyway for other beverages. If I get a full refrigerator, and not one with a freezer, I would be able to at least use the bottom for lagering. I use a chillzilla box or tub with water, water pump, towel and fan for general ales fermenting.