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Old 02-17-2010, 09:19 PM   #11
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Thanks!
I'm looking forward to Denmark. Just wish I knew how long it was going to be for!
Anyone have recommendations for good Danish micros? Or pubs for that matter?

The tap towers are built from 1/2 of a Continental O-200 airplane engine. They are made in Mobile, Alabama. I think it came off of an Aeronca Champ. 4 taps - one on each intake and exhaust port. The case is cracked and the cylinders aren't certifiable anymore = Free! Had a friend powder coat it. I've had that part done for about 4 years. I just recently got into home brewing... Seemed like a good reason to dust it off!
There is more detail on the build in my original thread in Bottling/Kegging
Better pic of the tower:

More to come!



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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:36 PM   #12
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that explains the odd port positions... that will make a bitchen tower!



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Old 02-20-2010, 11:58 PM   #13
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Ok,
Progress... The trunk is built, insulated, and installed. The towers are assembled, but I'm still waiting on flanges. It's tough to find 7/8" ID steel tubing in Oskaloosa IA
Maybe I'll get them started next weekend.

So! Here are some progress pics of the trunk build.

Like I said earlier in the thread, the towers are 1/2 of a Continental airplane engine. Here's the crank case, in it's final place, without the juggs...


This is the inside of one cylinder. When it's mated to the case, I have 10" of clearance for the coolant loopback.

This is the start of the coolant line assembly.
3 lessons learned:
1) I bought more tubing because I decided to make the fixed part out of copper. The heat transfer is MUCH more efficient than vinyl. Unfortunately, I bought the thin wall "Utility Grade" tubing, instead of the thicker wall stuff I built the chiller out of. It's much easier to bend, but a royal PAIN to keep from collapsing. Even with a good bender, it wanted to kink if I went past a 90 degree bend. Oh well. I had enough spare loops from when I was practicing building the turnarounds to finish the build. Buy the thicker tubing! It's harder to bend, but at least it's workable.
2) Buy a good bender! The black one (You can see it in some of the earlier pics) is the best one of the 4 I bought. I used a spring bender for tweaking.
3) Zip ties are your friend. I use them to hold things in place during assembly. Cut them off, add a tube, install another one. They are cheap and kept me from going insane when I started routing hoses.


This is with the beer lines added. The coolant hoses will attach to the ends of the copper pipe. The cylinders (towers) will drop over the loops, and the lines will attach to shanks fitted to the intake and exhaust ports.

Assembled, installed, and insulated.

The trunk comes through the top, hangs a left through the partition between the mini fridge (Which is directly under the tower) and the keezer compartment.

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Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

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Old 02-21-2010, 12:00 AM   #14
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Now for the main trunk...
It's a pain to keep the lines arranged in the way I wanted them. Time to bust out the zip ties again...


Then I wrapped the lines in stretch wrap, removing the ties as I went.

I left a zip tie at each end of the trunk whip so the insulation and stretch wrap didn't have to handle the load of the line trying to separate.

The finished product

And insulated


The trunk comes into the keezer through 2 90 degree PVC elbows connected through the collar. (One is a street-L)

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Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

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Old 02-21-2010, 12:11 AM   #15
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The finished trunk:

From this


To this!


The chiller build photos are here:
The trunk build photos are here:
Concept photos are here:

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Old 02-21-2010, 01:17 AM   #16
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Looking sweet keep up the good work and keep us updated

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Old 02-21-2010, 07:00 AM   #17
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That is going to be pimp!

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Old 03-23-2010, 05:38 PM   #18
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Any update on the beer line cooler build? I have been trying to track your thread closely as I am planning to copy your build if all works well. Thanks.

BTW, tried to PM you but your mail box is full.

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Old 03-23-2010, 06:51 PM   #19
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A thing of beauty!

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How I brew: Stir plate starters, Extract, Full boil in a Keggle, 10 gallon batches.
Brewing upgrades in progress: temp controlled ferment, stir plate re-work, building mash tun, milling station

Planned House Ales: an Amber, an IPA, a dark IPA, a Mango Ale, a blueberry oatmeal stout, a dry Irish stout, a honey wheat, Apfelwien

What kind of R-Value does your ferm chamber need? - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/what-kind-r-value-ferm-chamber-190459/
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:21 PM   #20
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I just got back from the other side of the pond yesterday.
I got in on the Perlick group buy. So assuming they are at my house, and I can get to the LHBS for shanks, I'll have more information this weekend when I get home.
I'll update soon, I promise



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