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Old 05-16-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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After doing much reading about foamy beer and balancing your system, I realized that I don't have nearly enough beer line. I'm wondering what would be an easy way to properly connect two beer lines. I couldn't find a coupler at a local beer/wine shop. It's not easy to get at the existing line, joining the two would be my best bet. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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People will tell you to never join two lines because it will create nucleation sites and make the problem worse.
I'm currently serving one at 14 psi with two lengths of 6' line, joined with a male/male MFL union, and it works just fine.
I read someone else used a cheap plastic/nylon barb with good results.
Best case it works, worst case it doesn't.

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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Lowe's in the plumbing section should have what you need.. connectors are by the tubing. They are usually plastic or brass.

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I was thinking of doing the same thing with my lines- they came pre-assembled in the tower, and replacing them completely seemed like a real hassle.

Good to know that others have made it work.

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Even on a budget, line is super cheap. Rather than paying for a coupler to combine lines, just get a longer line. The hassle of refitting your connections isn't going to take you all day.

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Even on a budget, line is super cheap. Rather than paying for a coupler to combine lines, just get a longer line. The hassle of refitting your connections isn't going to take you all day.
At least for me, I'm all thumbs. I know that I can clamp on new connectors or joins, but I can't even quite figure out how to get into the tower- and worse, I can't even seem to find WHERE to learn such a thing.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:26 PM   #7
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Unfortunately the way my tower is set up, its not easy to take everything apart (silicone, copper pipe, etc from inside the fridge, through the top of the bar and into the tower). Also, this tower came with the hose already attached inside. Not sure how easy that would be to remove from within as well.

There is no Lowe's here, but I can try a couple hardware stores. I did buy a new 12' hose, but joining them seems to be the most practical.

Kegworks has a Beer Line Hose Joining Kit, was hoping to find something local that could work just the same.

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Where can you find the male/male MFL union? That's what I figured would work best.

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I gotcha. I was assuming (never assume!) this was in a keezer, not a premade kegerator. I've never played with one to know what dismantling it is like.

Look for screws and unscrew them See where that takes you.

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Where can you find the male/male MFL union? That's what I figured would work best.
I got mine online at northern or midwest. Locally, if you have a Grainger, they might. I can all but guarantee the home stores won't.
If you need something now, i'd go with the plastic barb. not sure I would use brass though. Down side to that is cutting the end off and redoing later if necessary.

Does the top cap of your tower come off? I would take off the cap and faucet, undo the shank, and pull the line up... If you wanted to replace the entire line.
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