What do you need to make a keezer? (Explained For Beginners)

By Bobby Rock •  Updated: 02/23/21 •  6 min read

A keezer is a custom build, you can keep it simple or you can get very creative with the design. 

No matter which chest freezer you use and how the keezer design turns out, you are going to need the right pieces of equipment in order for it to function like a kegerator.

Let’s assume you have kegged your homebrew or you plan on buying kegs of beer, so we won’t need to include the keg in this list.

What do you need to make a Keezer:

That may seem like a lot but it really isn’t.  If you compare what a kegerator would come with, you would still need to purchase the CO2 gas, regulators, splitter, gas lines, couplers, and likely better faucets.

How does a kegerator/Keezer work?

A kegerator is a refrigeration system that controls the temperature and it controls your beer flow using gas and faucets to pour it. 

A keezer operates on the same system but uses a regulated chest freezer as the refrigeration.

The basics are you need a temperature-regulated area to keep the beer cold and you need gas and faucets to pour.

It’s a pretty simple setup that is just as easy to learn and put together. 

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Do they make a kegerator conversion kit?

Yes, they make conversion kits for chest freezers and refrigeration units that can be converted into keezers.

This is by far the easiest way to get that gas and beer system up and running rather than buying them piece by piece.

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What is needed for a Keezer/Kegerator?

It’s almost the exact setup with keezers and kegerators.  One difference will be the temperature controller.

Here is what you will need:

Extra’s for the keezer

The initial keezer build and keg setup is an investment and there are some things that can wait to be added eventually if you like.

Keezers are custom builds, so you can really do whatever you like and add what you like.  It’s endless of possibilities and fun!

Tools you will need for keezers and kegerators

Building a keezer is really simple but you will need a few tools to get the job done.

Here are the tools you will need to build the keezer:

Final Thoughts

I built my first keezer out of my third-floor apartment using mostly hand tools.  The one thing I did have done at my father-in-law’s house was the drilling of the shank holes.  That’s because I really wasn’t sure what I needed, but otherwise, I would’ve been ok doing it all in the apartment.

I have to admit that back then there wasn’t that much information online about how to do this.  So I hope this article helps get you started building your first keezer.

The list is pretty accurate but there may end up being a hardware store run for if you find something you might have missed.  Good luck!

Bobby Rock