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Schlenkerla 02-07-2010 05:50 PM

Beer Engine or Jockey Box-like Beer Engine?
Yeah!!! - I finally made my beer engine today after about 1 year blathering on about it.

Its single cylinder, two-stroke engine or however many strokes you want!!! No oil or batteries required. Just beer!!!

I intend to use it at home as a normal beer engine with a pass-thru shank to the fridge or I can use it like a jockey box at an event. The engine disassembles. One corny keg or two poly-pins fit inside. Now I just need to brew some beer... I only have cider right now.

I used the following; (All from Menards- except for the hand pump) ~ $95 total including the pump cost

  • 1 tall narrow kitchen cabinet
  • 1 wooden foot stool
  • 1 marble tile
  • 1 black cube, normally used for wall shelving
  • 1 rocket hand pump

Schlenkerla 02-07-2010 06:22 PM

BTW - For home use, you can also mount a pass thru shank on a fridge and then use a beer nut coupling to attach the beer line.

I might glue some rare earth magnets to back of this cube so it sticks right to the fridge.:rockin:

david_42 02-07-2010 09:11 PM

Nice work, I'm repeatedly amazed at the effort people will put into this hobby.

Schlenkerla 02-07-2010 09:17 PM


On effort.... I agree, look at what the "The Pol" did.


Schlenkerla 02-10-2010 12:33 AM

Gee lots a lookers not so many voters!!! :(

mdwmonster 02-10-2010 12:57 AM

Nice job - that looks really nice.

Is the cabinet insulated, or will the beer be served at room temp?

Bjornbrewer 02-10-2010 02:56 AM

I gave it a 7. It would have scored higher if there was a chiller involved (even an ice box) and if it had a better base. You could do better than the stool. We'll call that a deduction on the landing.

It's very cool though...I just recieved my faucets and shanks and everything for my bar and after seeing this I may have to add a 'real ale' on tap in the corner!

Nice work! :mug:

babalu87 02-10-2010 04:53 PM


9 if it had hidden casters
10 if you were actually pouring beer from it

Schlenkerla 02-10-2010 11:29 PM

I will being doing any one of the three; pushing in a corny or a poly pin into the cabinet, or attaching it to my kegerator via a pass thru shank.

The beer storage vessel needs to stay cold, so the co2 stays in solution, using a chiller, with natural carbonation will draw out the CO2 (go into solution) as it warms up. Using a chiller will result in totally flat beer over time.

I plan to use chiller blankets to dry-ice down the beer.


The stool is not a perfect match maybe I'll strip it and try to do a better color match.

Bjornbrewer 02-11-2010 10:52 AM

Well then...you're working your way to a 10 ;)

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