July 02, 2019

How to Build a Keezer

How to Build a Keezer

The Keezer (n): a badass homemade kegerator. One of the single most satisfying projects a homebrewer can ever take on. Not only is it easy to do, it's fully customizable: you get to design a home taproom that fits your exact needs, space requirements, and aesthetic. 

That means personalized design, homemade tap handles, and no limit on the number of kegs you put on tap. If you love hands-on DIY (or if you're dying for a home tap system but don't want to buy a kegerator), it's time you took the plunge. 

Once your system is running, you can tap wine, cold brew, sparkling rosé, soda water--the list goes on. For a full rundown on kegging's possibilities, check out this article.

What else? Oh, yeah. A keezer is  ridiculously cool.

Here's What You'll Need:

Kegs - the same amount as desired # of tap handles.

chest freezer with the space for that many kegs (NOTE: 1 ball lock keg = roughly 9 in. x 24 in.)

Liquid lines for each keg - try our Draft Brewer® Cold Crash™ Keezer Kit.

CO2 Tank - a 5 lb. tank works for a few kegs, but for larger builds, consider 10 lbs. or even 20 lbs.

CO2 Regulator - a double-body regulator provides the most flexibility for serving and carbonating multiple kegs.

CO2 manifold - distributes CO2 to each kegs. Try our Keezer Gas Line Kit for an easy option with everything you need. Just pick your size. (NOTE: We recommend a slightly larger model, which provides a few extra ports to use with a bottle filler like the Last Straw®.)

temperature controller - keeps the freezer from freezing your beer. We recommend the Northern Brewer Dual Stage Temperature Controller.

    Looking for an easy start? Try out the Draft Brewer® Flex Keg or Draft Brewer® Tap-N-Fill Systems. These kits offer plenty of flexibility and can expand with your system as it grows. 

    If you lack the space for a full chest freezer, consider building a mini-fridge kegerator with the Draft Brewer® Kegerator King package.

    How to Build Your Keezer:

    Check out the video below for a complete walk-through of making your own keezer. 

    Follow the steps below:

    1. Select a chest freezer that can hold the amount of Kegs you want (a ball lock keg is roughly 9" wide and 24" tall).
    2. Add liquid lines for each keg. Our Draft Brewer® Cold Crash™ Keezer Kit makes that easy.
    3. Choose a CO2 Regulator. The CO2PO™ Double Body Regulator provides the most flexibility for serving and carbonating multiple kegs.
    4. Choose a CO2 Distributor or Manifold to distribute CO2 to all of your kegs. We recommend choosing a slightly larger model to provide a few extra ports to use with a bottle filler like the Last Straw®. Give yourself room to expand the system. Our Draft Brewer® Cold Crash™ Keezer Gas Line Kit includes everything you need. Just choose the size you want.
    5. Add a CO2 Tank. A 5 lb. tank is reasonable for a few kegs, but for larger builds consider a 10 lb. or 20 lb. tank.
    6. Add a temperature controller like the Dual-Stage Temperature Controller to keep from freezing your beer.
    7. Keep brewing and fill that Keezer!

    Keezer, Kegerator, Breezer, Corny Chest, Freezerator. It doesn't matter what you call it. In every form, this project is true homemade awesomeness.

    Find our products to build your own Keezer or Kegerator.