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Old 05-21-2010, 10:21 PM   #1
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So I got this nice tower off ebay and I have had it for about 5 months and decided that I need to get going on making a keezer. I ordered replacement perlick 525 taps and I would guess it would just be a direct replacement but I am not sure.

The biggest problem is I cannot figure out how I would replace the tubing...It looks like it might be a standard connection for the beer lines but I cannot find anything on it. Also the cooling lines are just cut but I figure I could just use a compresstion fitting after I make a clean cut.

So will the perlick 525 taps fit directly on the tower?

And how can I connect a new beer line to the tower? And how can I tell what size the tubbing is?

I am hoping that keg connection will have a nice Memorial day sale.

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Old 05-22-2010, 12:03 AM   #2
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If a regular tap fits, a perlick should fit.

For the hoses - cut the old off, get a brass compression adapter fitting that changes to a male threaded. Then you could buy a hose swivel nut from Northern Brewer that attaches the bev line.



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I was thinking of the compression fitting on the coolent lines but I had not thought of that for the beer line. It looks like the hose is clamped on so I was hoping to get replacement inserts and just clamp them. If I cannot find anything like that I will just cut them and put a compression fitting on them.

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Hey Jeff, I feel your pain. I picked up an 8 tap tower that looks just like yours. Is your's a Century Series? The 525's mount up fine and I believe they will seal up. I'm looking for the "O" rings in the back of the shank and before the tailpiece. Have you found a source or sized them for an MMC order?

Mine is heavy as all get out, so I'm thinking there must be a nice chilling plate in there. I'm just running water for coolant and using a corny for the chilling tank and a fountain pump to run it. I might try finding some tubing close to the right size and use a clamp on it.

I'm going to cut the SS beer lines and flare them a bit, then slide the 3/16th beer lines over it and put an oetiker clamp on it.

I'll take a couple pics of mine to compare. I've disassembled it completely to polish out the scratches.

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I am not sure what series it is I don't see any marking on it. I would say it must have a chill plate in the top because mine is heavy as well. I disassembled mine to clean it up and I had planned on getting the insulated tube from micromatic. I have not looked into the "O" rings yet so let me know what you find out. I plan on mounting my tower in a cabinet and running a hose through a wall I to a freezer.

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After looking at the cost of those trunks on micro matic I think I will make a DIY trunk.

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I've used the Chi company for some things. Looks like you need CD1542 at $10 a foot.

http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1017

If you don't go with them and decide to build, these guys have bulk lines at a bit better price as well.

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23279

I use the 57219 hose for beer line and they have various gas line options available as well. Still looks like you will be up in the $8 a foot range for 5 beer and two glycol lines, then you have to strap it and foam insulate it. I'm coming right out of my freezer so I shouldn't need to mess with the trunks.

I'll get the micrometer out and get the specs on those O rings and let you know what I find out.

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What size beer lines should I use? I noticed that you are you using 3/16 but the trunk lines have 5/16 or 1/4...if I go the DIY route then I could use 3/16. I plan on going up to 15' in tubing from my freezer to the tower. I know that it plays into foaming, etc. I just do not know how. I would think that I should get the smallest tube possible to eliminate waste. Keg connection has 3/16 beer line for .49 a foot but I am not sure how that would compare to the Tygon® Beverage Tubing at us plastics?

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It has to do with balancing your system, there is some good information on it here..

http://www.franklinbrew.org/brewinfo/balance.html

Basically you don't want the beer shooting out of the faucet like a fire hose or you end up with foam. Different diameter line gives you different resistance and therefore PSI drop. You would need to go with 1/4" line that gives about .7 PSI drop per foot. If you were drinking ales at 38 degrees and carbing up 2.6 volumes of CO2 around 12 PSI, then at the faucet you would have 12 -(15 X .7) = 1.5 PSI at the faucet which should be about right. Short answer, 1/4" should be good, you could always add a few feet if you needed to drop it more. There is no waste in any size tubing, there is only beer in transit to your glass.

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Here's mine, I've got the right side of the tap plate polished. It looks pretty dented up in the pic, but not too bad in real life.





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