Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Insulating Beer Tower
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
msmith92
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: dayton, ohio
Posts: 272
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Insulating Beer Tower

I put a draft tower on my Frigidaire mini and I made a hole that was just big enough to fit the beer line through.

I've seen people making bigger holes to fit copper pipes through and then insulating the tower with foam pieces.

Since I created a small opening should I still add foam to the interior of the tower?

Also, would regular home insulation be good enough to add? I have some sections of pink insulation that would be easy to shove in there.

__________________
msmith92 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-27-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
JoshuaW
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Posts: 211
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I intend on using pipe insulation. You should also consider a fan to draw the cold air up through the tower.

__________________
JoshuaW is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-27-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
msmith92
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: dayton, ohio
Posts: 272
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Yes, but are you going to stuff foam into the draft tower?

It seems like people do this.

If so, what is the point of the fan?

Isnt the foam blocking air flow?

__________________
msmith92 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-28-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
day_trippr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Stow, MA
Posts: 10,595
Liked 1284 Times on 1035 Posts

Default

Typically you insulate along the inside wall of the tower, leaving enough room to either run copper sleeves up from the kegerator/keezer to conduct heat back to where it can be chilled, or run a 1" ID hose up from a small fan to push cold air into the tower then return along whatever gaps exist between all the plumbing.

If you just pack the tower column with insulation, that will slow down the warming, but won't prevent the beer lines from eventually reaching the ambient temperature of the room...

Cheers!

__________________
day_trippr is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-28-2012, 02:24 PM   #5
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,738
Liked 44 Times on 39 Posts

Default

I lined my tower with a thin layer of flexible foam, and ran a hose to the top. The hose is connected to a fan in the bottom of the kegerator.

If I don't let the fan run for a little while before I pour, I get more foam in the first glass.

With the fan on, the tower is cool to the touch, but the taps are COLD.

The insulation definitely helps.

__________________
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-28-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
JoshuaW
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Posts: 211
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by msmith92 View Post
Yes, but are you going to stuff foam into the draft tower?

It seems like people do this.

If so, what is the point of the fan?

Isnt the foam blocking air flow?
I have a full three inch hole that goes into my three inch tower. I am going to insulate the outer portion (there is already a thin foam around my tower, but there is probably an inch open around the three lines) then run a fan to force the extra air. If I am not getting the airflow that I need (dont think it will be an issue) I will just run some copper through there and hope that carries the cold enough.
__________________
JoshuaW is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Insulating Keggles Willie3 DIY Projects 55 11-27-2012 06:32 PM
Insulating plastic tote summerofgeorge DIY Projects 6 06-12-2012 09:46 PM
Insulating with wood horseinmay DIY Projects 4 09-16-2011 11:11 PM
Insulating beer chiller line jcojr72 DIY Projects 12 04-01-2010 01:06 AM
Insulating a corny jas0420 DIY Projects 16 07-17-2009 04:13 AM