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JonW 12-10-2012 10:41 PM

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I bought two of these from Farmhouse a couple of months ago for my new kegerator build (pics in signature link).

They are a new model by Taprite. The old one isn't discontinued, just adding this one.

I had been using the old model Taprite tap (borrowed from a friend) and needed to get my own since I was going to put two of them on the new build. I had ordered two of the inexpensive Krome version ones (knock off of the Taprite SF2001 model) and I was disgusted at the quality. I promptly sent them back and ordered two of the Taprites from Farmhouse. I knew I was ordering Taprites, but I assumed that what was being shipped was the older style (didn't know a new style existed), so I was surprised when these arrived. I actually sent a pic to Taprite to confirm it was one of theirs and they confirmed it was and sent me back the pic below.

I have been VERY happy with these. The build quality is top notch. They do have a different style valve in them. It is more like a picnic faucet diaphram instead of the old plunger/o-ring setup. It seems to leak/drip after shutoff less than the old ones. Since it's a Taprite, you're also guaranteed that service parts will be easily available.

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JonW 12-10-2012 11:03 PM

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WARNING

If you're looking for a stout faucet, stay away from the Krome brand ones. The workmanship is terrible. I found several online places showing a picture of the Taprite SF2001 model, but when I inquired with them on the model, I was told it was Krome. The quality is night and day difference.

Attached is a picture of the nozzle/tips and the restrictor plates from the two Krome ones I had received. The tips look like the flat spots were ground by hand on a bench grinder and the restrictor plates looked like they were drilled by hand (noted by the lack of precision of the holes). The holes in the restrictor plates were blue and brown from heat discoloration from the drill bit they used. You could tell that they were not using the right bits for drilling this stuff.

Krome has recently become pretty big in the beer parts business - mostly by making cheap reproductions of existing equipment on the market. I got some of their standard faucets and I found nothing wrong with them, but the stout faucets were a whole different story. I don't have a problem with them competing with their products, but it seems that several online merchants are using the less expensive Krome items and charging the same prices as the better alternatives.

StainlessBrewing 02-27-2013 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by geepmaley View Post
The SSB version looks an awful lot like the SF2001A from Taprite per the pics on this post. I just got this from Taprite:

"SF2001A is chrome plated brass, just as SF2001. The "A" version is an alternate product - it's shorter than its counterpart and it's inner workings aren't as easily accessible. My personal preference would be the SF2001; it's a bit more robust and it's one of the most reliable, low maintenance stout faucets available."

So if it is actually a Taprite ( I had asked for brand and model number in the past and got a "dunno" from SSB which was a bit disconcerting), it is NOT stainless. May still be better than another brand, but not because it is stainless.
I updated the site with some additional information that "All wetted portions are stainless steel. The top section (cosmetic) is not." Basically the bottom IS STAINLESS and the top portion is not. The top portion never touches the media and is chrome plated to match the bottom portion that is indeed stainless. I made a mistake by not catching this and listing it on the site earlier.

The emails we exchanged stated that I would look into getting a manufacturer and that I can confirm that it is stainless. I could not confirm the manufacturer because they're purchased over seas and that's really none of my business where my vendor get's their product from. A lot of products over seas can be made from the same place but may have a different stamp, label or handle for the distributor. I did not know how else to prove to you that they're stainless other than my word from taking it apart and looking at it. I took some better photos and hope this can clear some things up. You can still see the machine work on the inside of the wetted portion.

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Top section that's abviously not stainless. See small scratches.
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StainlessBrewing 02-27-2013 04:33 PM

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Quote:
Originally Posted by geepmaley View Post
The SSB version looks an awful lot like the SF2001A from Taprite per the pics on this post. I just got this from Taprite:

"SF2001A is chrome plated brass, just as SF2001. The "A" version is an alternate product - it's shorter than its counterpart and it's inner workings aren't as easily accessible. My personal preference would be the SF2001; it's a bit more robust and it's one of the most reliable, low maintenance stout faucets available."

So if it is actually a Taprite ( I had asked for brand and model number in the past and got a "dunno" from SSB which was a bit disconcerting), it is NOT stainless. May still be better than another brand, but not because it is stainless.
I updated the site with some additional information that "All wetted portions are stainless steel. The top section (cosmetic) is not." Basically the bottom IS STAINLESS and the top portion is not. The top portion never touches the media and is chrome plated to match the bottom portion that is indeed stainless. I made a mistake by not catching this and listing it on the site earlier.

The emails we exchanged stated that I would look into getting a manufacturer and that I can confirm that it is stainless. I could not confirm the manufacturer because they're purchased over seas and that's really none of my business where my vendor get's their product from. A lot of products over seas can be made from the same place but may have a different stamp, label or handle for the distributor. I did not know how else to prove to you that they're stainless other than my word from taking it apart and looking at it. I took some better photos and hope this can clear some things up. You can still see the machine work on the inside of the wetted portion.

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Top section that's abviously not stainless. See small scratches.
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