The facade taking shape , machined the edging for the top and having a little drinky poo.
The 2 sides and front , brass mesh panels around the bottom with old beer labels behind glass. The backing is 6 mm MDF covered with metallic copper contact , the labels where glued on with dons of glue to hold them in place. Not coated and the top not made at this point.
The top fitted and clear coated , sides , front and kick boards/ base attached.
This I as far as I’ve gotten to date , I have some brass foot rail brackets and a length of copper pipe to use as the foot rail setup. I’ve built a mock-up of the brass and copper font I’m building for the keezer out of PVC pipe, I’m chuffed with results this far.
The screen is brass fly wire, I built the keezer from gear I had/ collected or salvaged over the past 5 or so yrs. My original plan was to basically build a box around it ,but worrying about ventilation/circulation around the keezer i was going to add a small fan or 2 to help, then I remembered I had the brass fly wire so I modified the build to what it is now. I sprayed the freezer with brass paint , the bottom half anyway, as it showed too much being white.
Next step is to hit up a few Plumbers I know for a 600 mm length of 60-70 mm copper for the cross bar of the font, I have the other 2 pieces salvaged from a demolition yrs back, 100 and 38 mm respectively.
The narrowest piece has a polished brass base plate commonly used as a handrail base. Im after one to suit the large pipe, 102mm in diameter, I’ve seen them on pipes of around 80 mm but have been unsuccessful in locating one. Frustratingly I’ve Emailed businesses but got no replies, perhaps they don’t need my money! Can anyone help ? or know of someone in the bar building business//restaurant fit outs who may be able to help? Prolly be exy but if attainable it’ll match the smaller one nicely.
Added some more over the last 2 1/2 days. I sorted what I think suits my beer font build regarding cold air recirculation.
The pvc model of the font is in the background, I’ve used this to sort bits and pieces before I tackled the final design. Im using copper pipe for the air cooled font because I have a heap of it and it’s a good conducter/or. The cooling pipes are over 1 metre in length but at the outlet a match will be blown out at 180 mm from the outlet, given that the cooling setup will be fixed to the underside of the keezer lid with an open pickup/intake I’m really happy.
Drilling, filling and hoping it works....or I don’t fk it up. Ive had some of these pieces of copper stashed away for quite some time ( demolition salvage ) so I’m taking it slowly, measuring 20 times then checking again before committing to a cut or drilling.
A few more pics. The mounting plate on the rhs and the ‘knob’ on top are polished brass bar rail attachments.....will match nicely with the taps. I have 2 metal polished brass plates for the main ( lhs ) column. Lhs column = 102 mm o/d Centre pipe, where the taps will be mounted = 62 mm o/d...umm could be 64 mm ? And the rhs upright is 38 mm o/d.
Really enjoyed the last 1 1/2 days f,ing about with this.
Ive made some running modifications to the cooling setup as well as the overall finished dimensions today , I’ll post more pics etc tomorrow.
A couple of pics showing the holes inside which allow me to fit the cooling pipes and screw the joints together, also fit the internal insulation. Also the 6mm all thread which holds the joins together.
The main base/mounting plate with wooden inserts, the cooling inlet pipe and beer lines comes up through the lid, base plate and wooden inserts. The inserts fix to the base, the base to the lid and the main upright to the wooden inserts.
The finished look minus the top cap on the lhs, I haven’t decided on the final height yet so I’ll cut it later.
I’ll silicone the dial thermometer in place after the final install. Also the copper end caps once the cooling pipes and insulation is done, I’m planning on using white insulation as I consider it to be more effective than other colours, hope they make a white pool noodle!
Post by seehuusen on Sept 19, 2019 20:31:50 GMT 10
As an old bartender, that worked in an all copper bar I for one can wouch on getting something that retaines the shine, like a metal lacquer. IT'S A LOT of work to maintain shiny if you dont have something like the lacquer!
Lord Raja Goomba I: Why do so many people think "newer is better" with kegs, when the cheap Chinese junk that come from KL/KK are thin, rubbish quality and the older American and West German ones are clearly better quality. 😱😤
Aug 23, 2021 17:15:54 GMT 10
miceandgods: I wonder if the mrs will notice the 30kgs of pork jowls in the fridge...
Jul 27, 2021 18:12:01 GMT 10
Clickeral: Stout is what jumps to mind for me
Jun 30, 2021 14:23:34 GMT 10
frodaddy: Reminder to clean your drip trays guys and girls!
Apr 4, 2021 16:49:07 GMT 10