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Old 04-10-2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default Dual Beer Engine Keezer using Valterra Rocket hand pumps

Here are some pictures of the dual beer engine keezer I built recently using ideas I got from this forum. I wanted a beer engine keezer that would look decent in my kitchen and be somewhat realistic. But I didn't want to pay $400.00 for a beer engine. I used Valterra Rocket hand pumps. My local camping world keeps these in stock. I bought the Freezer at Home Depot it is the 5 cubic foot GE unit. I also used the Johnson controls digital temperature controller. My big stumbling block was that I wanted the handle to be inline with the gooseneck. With the Rocket hand pump in it's original form it is impossible to do. You can see the linkage system that I devised to accomplish this. I then bent stainless steel tube to make the gooseneck and I cut the spigot off the hand pump so I had a small stub sticking out the top. I then connected the gooseneck to this stub with plastic tubing that is routed around the handle and mechanism. I had some questions on the building of the goosenecks I bought this stainless steel tubing here I used a cheap brakeline bender that you can buy at autozone or advanced auto or someplace like that. It is a plastic arch with a matching metal shoe on a screw assembly.

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Old 04-10-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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Here it is completed. I used a faux wood grain finish using

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Old 04-10-2011, 12:43 PM   #3
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Default In action

And here it is in action serving up a English Bitter.

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Old 04-10-2011, 03:04 PM   #4
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Gorgeous work! That is a beautiful setup.

Are you venting your casks/kegs with air or a CO2 breather?

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Old 04-10-2011, 05:26 PM   #5
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Well thanks for the compliments. I'm using a co2 breather that I made out of a new gas grill propane regulator.

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that's fricken sweet. what's the plaque on top say?

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It's an Edgar Allen Poe Quote that a good friend of mine sent me a few weeks back. Her fiancé works in a decal shop and made me that decal. It says

"Filled with mingled cream and amber;

I will drain that glass again;

Such hilarious visions clamber;

Through the chamber of my brain;

Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies;

Come to life and fade away.

What care I how time advances?

I am drinking ale today."

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Default DIY LPG Cask Breather

Here is some information I dug up about the cask breather made from a propane regulator. I used one I bought locally from Lowes. Here are all the dimensions. Just take off the threaded ends and replace them with a 3/8 mip x 1/4 hose barb for the outlet and 1/4 mip x 1/4 hose barb on the inlet.Fit it between your co2 regulator and your cask.

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Here is some information I dug up about the cask breather made from a propane regulator. I used one I bought locally from Lowes. Here are all the dimensions. Just take off the threaded ends and replace them with a 3/8 mip x 1/4 hose barb for the outlet and 1/4 mip x 1/4 hose barb on the inlet.Fit it between your co2 regulator and your cask.
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Here are pics of my DIY LPG Cask Breather

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