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Old 02-20-2010, 03:24 AM   #11
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I'll give you a 10, just because I don't have anything at all like this...


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Old 02-20-2010, 04:06 AM   #12
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9/10

Really great idea. If it were me, I would insulate the inside, and maybe add something like a small garbage can that you could put the corny in and fill with ice, water and salt to keep the keg cold. Hidden casters would be huge, but must be lockable with people using the pump, don't want it rolling away.

Overall, very cool build

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Old 02-20-2010, 12:29 PM   #13
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I'll give you a 10, just because I don't have anything at all like this...

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Really great idea. If it were me, I would insulate the inside, and maybe add something like a small garbage can that you could put the corny in and fill with ice, water and salt to keep the keg cold. Hidden casters would be huge, but must be lockable with people using the pump, don't want it rolling away.

Overall, very cool build
The foot print of this thing is small. 12x12 or 1 square foot. So it doesn't take up much floor space. Casters would be cool option too. As it is right now. 1 corny fits inside with a keglove much there is not much space otherwise, for getting through the door.

I could do what you suggested and do the inner wall insulation to help keep it cold. 4-5 hours is all that is need at any beer event. I contemplated cutting the top off to drop the corny in from above, connect the disconnects then pop the top back onto the cabinet, this way I could maximize the insulation.

Right now the cabinet has a removable shelf, I could put two poly pins in this. Insulate the walls, using techni-ice ice blankets. Placing them under and over the pins. Then have two tappers. This would be ok too at an event I could have a normal cooler filled with polypins and attach them as needed.

I am temporarily living in apartment right now, but only 4 days a week, two hours from home. I'm trying to sell my house and move. The apartment is barely furnished. This is my pride of all my furnishings. Not to mention 90% of my HB equipment is mothballed (in storage).

Right now this is my budget draft system. Needs little equipment and requires minimal effort. Mother of invention. Right!
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:36 PM   #14
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Default Simulated Cellaring Method....

This is my planned chilling method for the pins...

http://www.techniice.com/english/index.htm

Using ice blankets on top and below the pin. These blankets are real cheap and get real cold and last for a long time. I need the 1 gallon pin to be at 50F so this should easily done.




I bought mine from Amazon. 6 ice blankets for $18

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I tested the pull, used a sixer of SA Noble Pils. Stuffed the hose into the bottle. Works like a champ!!!!

Drank too many for a week day!!

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Do you have pics of the plumbing? I think I could figure it out, but wondering especially about the faucet and polypin hookups. Using 2.5 gallon cubes?

I think that would make a real "classy" portable beer carrier to take to friends houses.

I gave you a 10!

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Ditto, I would love to see the inner workings of this bad boy so I can get my own engine under way. Looks great by the way!

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Do you have pics of the plumbing? I think I could figure it out, but wondering especially about the faucet and polypin hookups. Using 2.5 gallon cubes?

I think that would make a real "classy" portable beer carrier to take to friends houses.

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Ditto, I would love to see the inner workings of this bad boy so I can get my own engine under way. Looks great by the way!
I have no plumbing pictures yet. Its gonna be real simple though.

The engine faucet has a 3/8" male barb. The polypin is a 3/8" male spigot. (See picture.) I have a 5/16" beverage-grade hose pressed onto the engine faucet. (Did this undersized so the connection would not leak under a vacuum. - used boiling water on the hose to get it onto the barb) I plan to use a double-ended 3/8" barb. The 5/16" hose pressed on one side, 3/8" hose on the other side, then connect it to the spigot. The 3/8" hose will be about 1" long. It will be clamped into both the barb and spigot.

The 3/8" hose will slip on and off easily of the spigot for pin changes. Whereas the 5/16" is not meant to come off.

1 - Rocket Pump with 3/8" barb fitting
1 - 5/16" beverage hose about 5ft
1 - 3/8" double ended barb (plastic)
1 - 3/8" hose about 1" long
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1 - Poly-pin with 3/8" spigot



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BTW - I've been using the engine to serve beer out of my growler until this last batch is ready to drink. Just dropped the hose in and pump out the beer!

Been drinking Scottish 70 Schilling...

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Does this whole assembly screw on/off? If so, could you rig up a disconnect of some time that screwed on? Maybe I'm over thinking it, your way is probably much easier. Just thinking out loud.
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