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Old 05-11-2013, 07:15 PM   #21
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looking good!
as for the pump sitch....
can't you get a cooler and basically keep a reservoir in there along with a reservoir in the keezer? but wait. then you would have a suction issue... hrm... don't they make an inline pump?

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Old 06-07-2013, 11:55 PM   #22
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After doing a little investigating, the pump I have is a submersible/inline, just had to remove the mesh cover to expose the intake threads. That of course required another special order from Grainger for adapters to my coolant lines. In the meantime I've just been pouring out the first warm/foamy half pint but I'm working on getting it all rigged up tonight. I'm currently having a little problem getting the thing primed at the moment, so taking a break to enjoy a frosty mug while I ponder the engineering involved!

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Old 08-27-2013, 04:15 AM   #23
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With some help of good friends (who like free beer) we finally polished off that half barrel of Lite a few weeks ago with pouring out the first half pint of each evening.

Tonight I went back to work on the cooling line issues. I had nonstop problems with the 2000GPH pump. Even though it had intake threads, it would overheat when run non-submersed. And since it was running outside the Keezer, it had issues pumping the coolant in the right direction. It would pump fine from outside straight up the lines and back down into the copper coil, but not in the opposite direction.

After a few hours of research on the laws of fluid mechanics, I discovered that my original 550GPH pond pump that didn't overheat the bucket of coolant had enough lift for the cooling line, I just had failed to properly prime that line (the pump wasn't strong enough to prime it for me!). I got it all working tonight, and will test the temperature tomorrow.

Two new kegs are on order at my local liquor store for pickup later this week. Another 1/4 barrel of Lite and a 1/6 barrel of Sam Adams Octoberfest... just in time for football season!

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Old 09-21-2013, 11:53 PM   #24
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My 1/6 barrel of Sam Adams Octoberfest came in today!



A few weeks ago I called several distributors in my area I learned that my favorite domestic Miller Lite only comes in full sankey 1/2 barrels or pony 1/4 barrels - no slim quarters or 1/6ths. $120 and 2 days later my package from Brewstuff.com arrived with two corneys and the necessary taps. After watching a video on YouTube about how to transfer beer from a commercial keg to a corny and 20 minutes of waiting, the remaining Miller Lite was successfully moved from the Pony to the Corny.



I moved the coolant from the trash can I had been using into a Homer's Bucket from Home Depot and put both kegs in. Cleaned all the lines for good measure and turned on the gas.



I have decided I need a different Miller Lite handle, it looks a little awkward. Last month I replaced the cheap Kegco faucets that came with the kegerator conversion kit with much nicer Perlick 525SS Stainless Steel Beer Faucets. These actually pour properly when opened! The Kegcos would only pour (and then badly) if the faucet was exactly 1/2 way open. Once fully open it would bind up and stop pouring.

Next steps are to buy and install a drain under the faucets (easy, it will just drain into the dirt under the deck) and build a protective box to keep the tower clean from the elements.

But for now, I'm going to pour a cold one (or two)!

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