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Bensiff 12-10-2012 02:49 PM

Stout Faucet Recommendations
 
I'm starting to look into putting in a stout faucet. Ideally I want an all stainless build, but those seem to be non-existent. So, now I am just looking for recommendations from folks on what brand is the best in their experience?

BigJim_inFLA 12-10-2012 03:00 PM

Haven't used this, but since you wanted stainless:

http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/Stainless-Stout-Faucet_p_142.html

Chriso 12-10-2012 03:45 PM

That's the one I'm looking at getting for my fridge as well. Don't have one yet so I can't give recommendations. Sorry!

Bensiff 12-10-2012 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by BigJim_inFLA (Post 4668065)
Haven't used this, but since you wanted stainless:

http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/Stainless-Stout-Faucet_p_142.html

I emailed them to see what its all about...so far every one I have seen that said stainless turned out to be only partially stainless with the body or something still being brass.

Chriso 12-10-2012 08:32 PM

Given that the description says that is not the case, I sincerely hope that their reply confirms what the description says. Otherwise... :drunk:

Bensiff 12-10-2012 08:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chriso (Post 4669115)
Given that the description says that is not the case, I sincerely hope that their reply confirms what the description says. Otherwise... :drunk:

The owner, Zach, was Johnny on the spot getting back to me...said it is all stainless short of the little black piece and another plastic piece below the restrictor plate. He even updated his web site to show the breakdown of the tap to reflect the other plastic piece. As well, it fits a standard shank so just a quick swap out of a Perlick...so, that said, good response from Zach and I pulled the trigger. Now just need to get the tank of gas and brew a suitable beer and I'll be in business.

Chriso 12-10-2012 10:10 PM

Awesome. Thanks for confirming. I've been hovering over the Buy button on one of his stainless mesh baskets but I've been waiting because I want to order a stout faucet at the same time, but haven't got the scratch for it.

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 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Bensiff (Post 4669190)
Now just need to get the tank of gas and brew a suitable beer and I'll be in business.

Don't be afraid to experiment with beer styles on nitro. I had an IPA on nitro this summer at San Luis Obispo Brewing Co. I immediatly decided I was doing two nitro faucets on my new kegerator build because of this. I now try to keep an IPA on one nitro tap and an English, porter or stout on the other.

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.


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