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Old 08-08-2011, 06:50 PM   #11
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Ahhh, right on. Wasn't thinking about coils I think that's a great idea about using it as a pre chiller... I think I might try that.

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Old 08-09-2011, 03:09 AM   #12
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Very true JRems, that was the one size we didn't have and instead of getting the correct size, we forged ahead to get it done.
"This way all the lines can be removed to clean, without pulling them through a hole that could leak." -- confused about what would be leaking...?

Hey Egg... ya, that chiller was a huge find on ebay for like $160 shipped! How do I move a thread? I realized there is a DIY section too, thanks!
If you wait it out, chillers can go for 90 shipped...
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:13 AM   #13
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You won't need the plexi if you get the proper size shanks and use a rubber jockey box washer and a metal jockey box washer on the inside. Use a 7/8" hole saw for a tight fit with no slop. It should not make a mess if you drill slowly. I used mfl bulkhead fitting to bring the beer into the cooler on mine. This way all the lines can be removed to clean, without pulling them through a hole that could leak.
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Where would one get a jockey box washer?
I am a little fuzzy as to how the bulkhead fitting would work... Would you mind posting a few pics?

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Edit: Nevermind, found the jockey box washers with a quick search, though I am still interested in the bulkhead on your setup.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:08 AM   #14
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I used a bulk head like this
http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_19_220_ 288&products_id=486
they come in different sizes.I used the shortest one, it was the cheapest. My cooler was metal so I cut a 7/8 hole thru the insulation, but a smaller hole thru the metal top then tighten this in. All my kegerator and other hoses are already all mfl so it's easy for me to swap out lines and fitting or even a sanke tap.

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Old 01-19-2012, 03:44 AM   #15
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:19 AM   #16
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for the back of mine i drilled a fairly large hole in the back. I then epoxied in a piece of pvc. Mine is a 7 pass plate, with 6 currently hooked up. The pvc keeps the styrofoam in place and allows me to only pull through the amount of lines I need. I keep some small cuts of that tube insulation that I wrap around the lines to take up any extra space. For those worried about spilling or leaking, the hole is near the top and you never need that much ice in there. You should also never worry about water when using a coldplate, it is different than coils in that you only want ice, keep the water drained.

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I'd love to revive this thread!!! I am considering building a jockey box for my upcoming wedding so I can serve my homebrew... I can see a lot of advantages to using a cold plate, such as cost and not having to push beer through huge lengths of coils at high PSI. However, I am reading lots of conflicting comments about using a coldplate vs. coils, and I've read that coldplates do not cool the beer adequately if the beer is kept at room temperature. For my wedding, the kegs would just be sitting underneath a table with the jockey box sitting on top of the table. What are people's experience using a cold plate with room-temp beer?

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I can say that this thing has been working great for us! We have used it at a few camping trips (CHA fest at Lake Casitas) where day time temps are getting up to mid-high 80's and the kegs are sitting out under a tree. We never actually measured it, but it dispenses fairly cold.
One thing we learned is we started using that cooler for bottles too and the opening and closing of it warms it up a bit, something to be aware of.

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I can say that this thing has been working great for us! We have used it at a few camping trips (CHA fest at Lake Casitas) where day time temps are getting up to mid-high 80's and the kegs are sitting out under a tree. We never actually measured it, but it dispenses fairly cold.
One thing we learned is we started using that cooler for bottles too and the opening and closing of it warms it up a bit, something to be aware of.
Good to know! Did you use jumpers on your cold plate, or just run it straight through?
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Good to know! Did you use jumpers on your cold plate, or just run it straight through?
By jumpers are meaning run it through one line then directly into a second before going out to the faucet? If it is, no... went through only one circuit and seems to work well. I guess if you are dispensing fairly often you could double it up to get more chilled beer in the lines.
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