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Old 04-23-2010, 06:41 AM   #1
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Default Draft Tower Dilemma, help!

I recently ordered all of my supplies from kegconnection, and although my regulator guages were damaged during shipping, they quickly sent me a new pair of Taprite guages with no questions asked.

Having said that, I am going to be assembling my kegerator this weekend, and I cracked my tower open tonight to replace my 5' beer lines w/10' lines and discovered this:





Now I am completely new to kegging and I try to do my research, but those look like standard tailpieces to me, not elbow style tower tailpieces, such as these:



Another fellow HBT member posted this pic back in February of this year.

I am certain Taprite changes things periodically, but is this right?

If you look at the images of my draft tower, the hoses aren't even straight at the connecton, is that going to create turbulence leading to excessive foaming?

It is my understanding that the elbow style tailpieces are "tower tailpieces" and the "straight tailpieces" (like what are currently on my draft tower) are for straight connections like through a refridgerator door and such.

I could be wrong, I am new to kegging, but before I get to tinkering, should I ask for the elbow pieces?

Will the slight curvature of the hose at the connection lead to exccesive foaming?

Finally, is this completely wrong? Should there be elbow style tailpieces in the tower?

Any help/information/advice would be extremely apprciated. Thank you.

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Old 04-23-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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Feel free to chime in.

Please.

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I don't know how much it matters. The sweep in the tubing is approximately the same as the sweep in the curved tailpieces.

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Old 04-23-2010, 07:01 PM   #4
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I don't know how much it matters. The sweep in the tubing is approximately the same as the sweep in the curved tailpieces.
If you take a close look at the hose right at the tip of the barb it is slightly offset (ie. not a smooth continuous flow). Although, the sweep is the same, my concern is the turbulence that might form at the tip of the barb where the hose meets it.

Like I said, I am completely new to this, so I may be over thinking this, as I am known for doing, but if I need to call kegconnection and get this straightened out I would like to do so, sooner than later, I have had this stuff for about a week now.
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You're definitely overthinking. It will be fine as long as its not leaking. I'm sure my hoses are that curved and 'kinked' inside my packed mini fridge when i shove all the hoses in to get the door to shut.

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You're definitely overthinking. It will be fine as long as its not leaking. I'm sure my hoses are that curved and 'kinked' inside my packed mini fridge when i shove all the hoses in to get the door to shut.
I guess what I really want to know is should it have the elbowed tail piece?



Or, is this setup suitable/correct?



I have no idea if the elbowed tailpiece is a must for Draft Towers, or if the standard tailpiece is just as good.

Even kegconnection sells these:

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Price: $22.95

$28.95 Stainless Steel Shank upgrade
$22.95 Standard Chromed

This Shank assembly is for replacing shanks on beer towers, or adding an additional shank to a beer tower. It has all the componants to attach to a beer tower. Barbed end will fit 1/4 or 3/16 beer line. We recommend using 3/16" beer line for proper restriction. Also available in Stainless Steel. Most stainless steel towers come with the chromed brass shanks, so it is not neccessary to use the stainless.
So I'm not certain if the draft tower should have this style tailpiece or not.

I'm assuming this came directly from Taprite this way, and I'm also assuming kegconnection does not build these towers themselves, so I am trying to rationalize that if the manufacturer put it together this way, then it must be okay.

However, I wanted some expert keggers opinions on it.

So the count is 2 for it, an 0 against it, anyone else care to lend their opinions?

I'd appreciate it just for peace of mind.
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I would contact the manufacturer and ask what their product should contain. I would expect tower shanks if I ordered a tower...

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I received the same tower setup with the hose connected to the barb. don't worry about it, it works fine with no foaming.

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If that had the elbow tower shanks, wouldnt they contact each other due to the angle of the shanks to each other? (in your elbow tower pic they are overlapped, they look to be different lengths or were they bent to fit?) I have a 3" dia tower with two elbow shanks, mine are 90° from each other, and the lines are close but have no issues contacting each other.

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At a minimum I would put some clamps on those lines, I would hate to have a line pop off and empty a keg via the tower fountain

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