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Old 07-25-2012, 05:42 PM   #1
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I'm finishing up on my keezer build. It's a simple 5 cu ft freezer from Lowe's which I built a collar for and am using the Johnson thermostat controller with. My question is I'm looking at taps and shanks now. This is going to be a 2 tap setup and was looking for advice on styles and brands. After doing some research everyone seems to love the Perlicks. So what are the differences between them? I'm will be using one for stouts so do I have to use a different tap? Just looking for some advice what's the best place to purchase them (price) and can I get them with the shank? If not is there anything special to look at when purchasing to make sure they will work with my kegging setup? Thanks for any and all help!!



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Old 07-25-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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When I first built my keezer, I had the cheap chrome taps. They would stick if not used often. I highly recommend the Perlicks - pay a little more up front so you don't have to worry about them in the future. I don't have any experience using a stout tap, but my standard faucets work fine enough for me to not spend the extra money on one. Post some pictures when you get done!



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Thanks a lot for the reply I wasn't sure if I would have good results with a stout being poured from a regular tap but looks as if that's what I'm going to do. What model oerlicks do you recommend?

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If you want to save a few bucks and still have forward sealing perlicks, you can get the chrome plated faucets for under $20 each.

It is a lot cheaper than solid SS. I'm not sure that with average home use that you would need to buy the SS? Maybe somebody has some insight on whether it is really worth the extra cash. (I'm going with the 525PC from Ritebrew for $18.49 ea. They sell the 525SS for 32.99)

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Sounds good thanks sir!!

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I didn't know that Perlick had a chrome plated version - sounds like a good value!

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Stouts will pour fine from a standard tap. The stout taps are for nitrogen, which Guinness uses to give their beer a creamier flavor. You would also need a nitrogen tank.

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Would there be any problem with using chrome plated faucets with ss

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Shanks or do I wanna stick with chrome plated shanks as well?

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I'm just buying all chrome plated that don't need the tail piece, washer and nut. I'm imagine that you could mix and match. There isn't a lot of difference in the price of the shanks at ritebrew (not sure about other places). It's about 5 bucks more per/shank for the SS after you add the tailpiece, washer and nut.



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