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Old 09-29-2006, 06:47 PM   #21
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I don't know about anyone else but I'm glad I didnt' hold my breath waiting for these pics!

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:28 AM   #22
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Um... I'm not seeing the picture (or link) anywhere to this drawing... am I a tard, or did something happen to it?

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Old 09-30-2006, 01:42 PM   #23
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Off topic, but it's killing me, what is a beer engine? I'm imaging a VW that runs on beer.

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Old 10-03-2006, 05:55 PM   #24
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OK, so it is on its way. I am waiting on the tap shanks, but have lots of it built. Here are some pictures:

This is front view with the engines set -


Here is a close up of one of the beer engines from the front -


And another with the engine engaged -



Here is a rear view of with a beer engine -




It will be another week until I get back to this, but it is at least off the drawing board! I have to build the drip tray set-up, attach my inline regulators, insulate the works, but on a rear hatch for access and oil and seal the whole works, plus attach it to the chest freezer and build the bar to cover for the chest freezer. I have a few weekends of busy work in store.

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Old 10-03-2006, 05:56 PM   #25
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And the faucets waiting for the shanks, including an older style stout faucet with a flow adjustment (I love Ebay and I love these stout faucets - beat the crap out of the newer models) -

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Old 10-03-2006, 06:31 PM   #26
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Brewpastor, you're my hero!

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Old 10-03-2006, 07:18 PM   #27
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I hate to ask such a basic question. A beer engine is basically a pump right? Why would you want to use that instead of co2 to push it?

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"If you have to ask..." :P Sorry I could not resist.

Actually, if you have never had cask conditioned ale off a hand pump, you really should do youself a favor and give it a try. It is simply a different product this way. Softer, rounder, fuller. I can see how many would call it a beer snob thing, but I love the stuff. You should google CAMRA and do a little reading. Also Terry Foster has a good bit on it in his Pale Ale book.

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"If you have to ask..." :P Sorry I could not resist.

Actually, if you have never had cask conditioned ale off a hand pump, you really should do youself a favor and give it a try. It is simply a different product this way. Softer, rounder, fuller. I can see how many would call it a beer snob thing, but I love the stuff. You should google CAMRA and do a little reading. Also Terry Foster has a good bit on it in his Pale Ale book.

I can't say that I have ever tried it, or even really heard of it before. Would this make it more like a bottle conditioned beer or is it totaly unique?

Did you score them on ebay or build them?
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The engines are ebay. I looked for months because they aren't too common outside of Great Britain. The beer is what many call "flat and warm" which isn't exactly true. It is at cellar temperature so it is warmer and thus has a fuller flavor. Also the carbonation is lighter so it has a bit of CO2 bite, but not too much. It is an example of old tools born out of neccesity becoming desirable when they are no longer needed. They were used to literally pump the beer out of casks in the cellar of a pub before the use of CO2 systems. But the resulting product was really great and cask ale is in a class by itself.

I assume someplace in PA has cask conditioned ales and if you have a chance check some out.

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