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Old 08-11-2008, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default Tap handle directly connected to ball lock on keg?

OK, I've seen these before...there's one in one of the Austin Picnic photos in the other thread. It's a tap faucet connected right on a corny keg ball lock coupler. I'm interested in this because I'm going to be kegging soon. I don't have a kegerator, because I'm not sure which direction to go on that yet. For now I'll keep my kegs in a dedicated refrigerator, but you'll just open the door to dispense. (This is a really nice full size fridge in my basement bar. No way I'd EVER get spousal approval to drill holes in that thing. )

I'm curious how these things work, because I'd like the idea of opening the fridge door and pulling a tap connected to the keg, rather than monkeying with a picnic tap connected to 6 feet of tubing. But when I read about "balancing" a tap system the general consensus seems to be that to dispense at say, 12 lbs of pressure without foaming, you generally need about 6 feet of beer line. So if a tap was connected directly to the post with no beer line at all, would that be a balancing nightmare?

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I believe it would be a nightmare.
Mostly these are for travel and "parties at the Park" where you'd have a charger on the other side, and be shooting from the hip on pressure anyway.

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I believe it would be a nightmare.
Mostly these are for travel and "parties at the Park" where you'd have a charger on the other side, and be shooting from the hip on pressure anyway.
Yeah, that's what I figured. Oh well.
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You need to serve at 1-2 psi for those to work. Unfortunately, your beer will go nearly flat if you store it at 1-2 psi. So, you'll either have to mess with your regulator a lot or find a different solution.

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You need to serve at 1-2 psi for those to work. Unfortunately, your beer will go nearly flat if you store it at 1-2 psi. So, you'll either have to mess with your regulator a lot or find a different solution.
+1. Yep. 1-2 PSI works great for dispensing at a party as your keg will be empty long before it has a chance to go flat.
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