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Old 10-18-2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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So I'm not that big into patting myself on the back, and I've been holding off doing this for about the last two weeks now, but I finally moved the thing into my apartment and turned it on. What a dream.

It's a Perlick two door three tap counter top refrigerator draft beer dispenser (their terminology, not mine). I just call it my new bar.



Everything was a little dirty so I've been slowly but surely cleaning it up over the past two weeks, but finally got enough room in our little apartment to fit it in, so today me and the room mates moved it in.

Best part, aside from being able to have 4 taps in the apartment (I already had a small mini 1 tap kegerator and I've got another tower yet to install) is that the bar cost me $250. I found a guy who owned a diner in Beverly Hills and was looking to renovate the whole place into a salad/soup joint. He desperately wanted everything out of there and you better believe I was glad to take it off his hands. I love Craigslist.

I was curious, does anybody know how much these things are new? When I sent the guy an email about the price I assumed it would be at least a grand, boy was I surprised. Don't worry, new tap handles are in the works, those were just the handles that were on the towers when I got the thing.

I attempted to measure out roughly how many cornies I am going to be able to fit in it as well, and it looks extremely promising. It seems I can fit about 8 cornies in the thing give or take 1. I only have 5 at the moment, so I'm getting on purchasing a few more. It'll be great to have a few on tap and a few carbing at the same time. Carbonation might take a little bit longer, but that is alright with me.

Alright, that's enough bragging.

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Old 10-18-2007, 10:08 PM   #2
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From a business, I'd bet it's a commercial unit.

$$$$$$$$$$$

You stole it............call the police.

Very nice.

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Old 10-18-2007, 10:55 PM   #3
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They're around 2 grand new I believe, http://www.micromatic.com stocks them.

What I'd suggest you do is rig a cross-bar draft tower, similar to these or these, (DIY is the cheapest choice by far, unless you know a metal fabricator somewhere). Are you sure it can only hold 8 cornies? Crazy. My single dispenser kegerator (standard 1/2 barrel keg size) holds four - I thought this was intended to hold 3 1/2 barrel kegs...

I see those pop up on CL around here somewhat regularly, they're generally a grand used... sounds like you got a good deal. Congrats!

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Old 10-18-2007, 11:04 PM   #4
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Nice. $250 is a steal. I've got a 3 keg two tower two tap True unit, also make a nice bar. Someday, I'm planning on upgrading the towers to twin faucet towers.

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Old 10-18-2007, 11:33 PM   #6
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It's been a while since I priced them at my restaurant equipment supplier but as I recall the retail price is about $2,500 for one of those. You got a good deal!

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Great unit! One question. Why does your 3 tap dispenser only have two taps?

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When I purchased the unit, it only came with two towers. Not a problem, I have a third tower.

The problem. The hole already fabricated in the unit is too large for the third tower that I already have. My solution? Build a small collar out of wood to fasten to the old hole, then drill into the wood with the new tower.

Got the thing up and running today, going to plumb the inside of the thing for Co2 and dispensing in the two towers, and then I'll add the third one.

One of the interesting things about this is that there is a very handy and nice three port gas manifold. I have to somehow get a hold of a few fittings that I'm thinking may be original to Perlick, so that may take some thought.

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One of the interesting things about this is that there is a very handy and nice three port gas manifold. I have to somehow get a hold of a few fittings that I'm thinking may be original to Perlick, so that may take some thought.
I have some perlick regulators, they take standard 1/4 NPT threaded fittings.

Don't worry too much... should be simple.


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Drooling like an idiot....

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