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Old 08-10-2006, 06:25 PM   #1
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Thanks to my buddy moving in with his girlfriend I have acquired his old keggerator.
It is currently setup to dispense commercial kegs. What all will have to be converted in order to connect to cornelius kegs?

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Old 08-10-2006, 09:06 PM   #2
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Eveyrthing you need to make it either or. This lets you switch from sankey (the common commercial keg connector) and corney (the common HB connector) quickly and easily.

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=6716

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I've got the same situation. I'm changing out the tower to a 3 faucet tower. When that arrives, I'll have to take off the Sanke beer connection off the beer line and put on a Cornelius Ball lock QD. On the Gas side, I'll connect the hose to a 4 way manifold which will have 3 lines coming off with Corny Gas QD.

Not much work, you'll just need the Corny connections and some clamps.

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I guess I didn't consider the possiblity of having quick connects for both.
And thanks for the terminology. I couldn't for the life of me remember the word sankey. That should make internet searches easier.

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You might want to consider a manifold instead depending on if you plan to expand to more than one tap.

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Old 08-11-2006, 01:06 AM   #6
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It's been a while since I've seen the kegerator, but if I remember correctly it has a double tower with only one faucet installed. I would likely run a second line, but I don't want one dedicated to a sankey fitting. I think I might rig up my own flare fitting quasi-quick disconnect to switch between sankey and corney on tap 1 and have tap 2 only corney.
Is it worth trying to make my own manifold or should I pay the $27 and buy one from morebeer.com?
It looks like it's about $10 worth of parts from a hardware store.
Brass Plug - (2)Brass Tee - (2)Brass Valve - (2)Brass Barb connector - (2) Brass nipples
Ok, maybe $15.

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instead of those disconnects, i would recommend a cheaper solution of using flared connections. you can get a flare tail piece that will fit in the sanke gas-in and just get flared ball-lock or pin-lock QDs and the respective female flare hose fittings, you can also get a flared manifold. i highly recommend flared connections over barbed. another option that would be slightly more expensive would be john guest, or push connect fittings. very nice. if i had known more about them before, i would've used them exclusively for my gas side of things.

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How do you use a flare fitting with vinyl tubing? I worked in a plumbing shop for 4 years (not pretending like I know everything) and I can only think of two ways to adapt vinyl tubing to anything.
1) Barb adapters
2) Compression fittings (with the nylon ring and inserts)

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easiest way is to use barb adapters like you said.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?products_id=1272

these are what i use for pretty much everything, both gas side as well as liquid side with flared QDs like these:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_40_282_373&products_id= 1275

and if you want to use the sanke tap coupler, you can use this:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_40_128_381&products_id= 2323

you don't have to buy from austinhomebrew, they are just my LHBS, and i know their website, and they have pictures, in case you didn't know what i was talking about.

have fun!

also, if you want to go with push-connect, i believe tnlandsailor has a guide somewhere about how he built his kegerator with them. i believe this is the guide: http://www.ihomebrewsolutions.com/TheGreatFridgeProject.pdf

there is a site with more projects along these lines, but i can't find it right now.

edit - http://sdcollins.home.mindspring.com/BeerFridge.html

that is tnlandsailor's page

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