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Old 04-06-2008, 01:10 AM   #1
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I have been planning on making a draft tower for my collared freezer kegerator, Has anyone ever built their own pass-thru style tower, or are there any links that may help me get some ideas before I ruin my freezer lid? thanks!

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Old 04-06-2008, 01:51 AM   #2
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I am going to do one later this year, maybe in time for Summer.
Going with these http://www.wholesaledraft.com/catalo...=66&brandID=10
Plan to use schedule 80 PVC (the heavy walled grey stuff) and put a cap on the top.

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Old 04-06-2008, 02:00 AM   #3
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My only suggestion would be to forego the tower all together. Consensus is that a tower on a flip top freezer isn't practical:

  • Once you open the freezer lid, the taps are not accessible.
  • Simple maintenance like line flushing is impossible with a top-tower system.
  • You'd have to move the freezer away from the back wall to open the top to avoid hitting the wall.
  • Freezers can hold multiple cornies and a tower usually limits you to two (maybe three) taps.
  • You already have a collar, so intalling front mount taps would be easier.
  • Everytime you lift the lid (and you'll lift it often), you'd have to remove your drip tray to avoid spilling.

Trust me, towers are great for front-door chillers, but a chest freezer does much better with front mounted faucets:
Here's a Sanyo 2-kegger with a tower. Perfect set-up
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Top lid freezers don't do so well with apparatus installed on the lid.

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Old 04-06-2008, 02:03 AM   #4
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Strongly encourage you to build a collar and face mount the taps.

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Ooops
Mine will be for something like this:

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Mine will be for something like this:
That is fing mint!!!!!!!!
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Ooops
Mine will be for something like this:
Even with a portable concept like that...I'd recommend a canister like the one below, and install 2-3 front mounted taps. The rollerrs help it to be more mobile. And when you open the thing to check on regulators, connections, ice etc...there's no risk of damaging the tower/tap system.

All you need is one 265 pound drunk leaning on that tower rig a little too heavy and the party is over.

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Ooops
Mine will be for something like this:
Someone is selling a setup like this on Craigslist here in Orlando. $100

http://orlando.craigslist.org/for/631058768.html
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Thanks very much everyone for the input, though I have thought long and hard about this today and for the past week and have decided that the thru-the-collar way just doesnt do it for me, I need a big tower... but biermuncher,
I shouldnt be limited because I plan on making a pass - thru tower , which is basically a T style tower, but instead of one vertical post in the center of the Tap-bar, there is two vertical posts on the ends of the tap bar. Its more shaped like this: i=i with 5 taps going across the equal sign.

so anyway the left vertical post will have a fan built directly inside it , pulling the cold air in from the freezer then the right post will have the beer lines coming up. so the air will come up through the left post, across the tap-bar, and down the right post. nice cool beer lines is what I will have

Also , to fix the problem about not having acess to the taps when I have the lid open...
I think If I create a mechanism that will allow me to totally disconnect the hinge from the door I will be able to slide the door over or back so the taps are still accessable and I have access to the inside, of course I will only unhook the hinges when I am cleaning and need access to both the taps and kegs, otherwise, if I were only adding a keg or something, I would keep the access system in swing open mode.

this baby is going on casters so i have no worry about wall clearence either...

what do you all think?

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Ooops
Mine will be for something like this:
THAT IS FREAKIN BEAUTIFUL!
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