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Old 08-08-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default Does anyone know what this is? (antique tapper?)

So I purchased this on ebay last night because I like collecting interesting old beer items. Has anyone ever seen one of these or know what it is ? I was hoping that I could hook a beer line to it, but it almost looks as if it sinks into a barrel or something? If anyone could shed some light on what I have or how its intended to be used i would be grateful. I have not yet recieved it in the mail.





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Old 08-08-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Lets see if I can get some bigger pictures

tap3.jpg   tap4.jpg   tap5.jpg  
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I believe that is a 'gonkulator'

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Looks like a beer engine to me. The old kind where you had to keep pumping a few strokes to fill a glass.
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Looks like a beer engine to me. The old kind where you had to keep pumping a few strokes to fill a glass.
I'd agree with that as well. Looks like it would sit down into the bunghole of a stevens keg.
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I'd agree with that as well. Looks like it would sit down into the bunghole of a stevens keg.
Really must be pretty old then right? So it would just siphon uncarbonated beer out of a wooden barrel you think? Would something that old have the same threads for a newer tap handle though?
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Cask ales are carbonated. If the name on the handle is original,Then it should fit someting modern.
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Cask ales are carbonated. If the name on the handle is original,Then it should fit someting modern.
So you are thinking that its not a beer engine then? Perhaps not that old ?
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Oh,it's def a beer engine. Just not a victorian one. They were larger.
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Looks like a syrup pump from an old "soda jerk" type set-up. Some one probably put a beer handle on it to make it look beer related.

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