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Old 12-07-2011, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default Perlicks + tap handles + keezer lid = FAIL

I just got some perlicks for my keezer and didn't realize how close to the shank the tap handles sit. they overhang my keezer lid and the lid can't be opened without hitting the taps and opening the taps. what have you guys done to correct this?

some of the possible solutions i've come across are:

switch to plain tap handles
i really don't wanna do this since i just bought some nice branded tap handles for my commercial brews.

angle bonnet:
Angle Bonnet Fitting for Tap Handle Faucets - Draft Beer Supplies
seems like the perlicks need the angle and weight of the tap handles to keep a good seal though. adjusting the tap handles to near vertical seems like it would make it very easy to accidentally open the taps.

thicker faucet flanges
i've seen this mentioned in other threads but haven't found pics or a cheap flange that would work.

spacer
a couple people proposed putting another piece of wood or some pvc piping to space the shank further out from the fridge. this seems pretty cheap and easy to accomplish. does anyone have pics of the final product?


I do have just enough extra length on my flanges the space the faucets out the extra 3/4" or so it looks like I need.

Any pics of your solutions would be greatly appreciated.

Perlicks are on the ends, cheapo self-closing faucets in the middle:

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:28 AM   #2
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Another option would be Beer Keg Faucet Flow Control Adaptor ... also gives you the added benefit of adding flow control.

Edit: I found the other thing... http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2084

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:59 AM   #3
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I bought the anglers. They are ridiculously expensive, but they work pretty well.

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I bought the anglers. They are ridiculously expensive, but they work pretty well.
I have a set also... the problem I ran into is that the handles spin and are hard to get the "angle" in the right orientation. I just gave up on them and they are sitting in a box. For now I have the short handles on mine... eventually I'd like to use the extenders or the flow controls and get a longer drip tray (the reason I don't have the extenders now).
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:36 PM   #5
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I have a mini Sam Adams handle if that would help you. lemme know!

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Never open the keezer lid. Problem solved. Your welcome.

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you could also attach the collar to the lid.

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The Beergods are clearly speaking to you:

Ditch the Sam Adams and especially the Blue Moon--both the tap handles and the kegs....

Then, install your own (smaller taps) and home made beer.

Trust me, you will be most happy with that decision.

p.s. when I say "ditch"--> I mean chug and never purchase again...

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Do you have enuff shank for a 3/4 round spacer right behind your taps? Example, make some round plugs that are 3/4 thick and place them right behind the black plastic collars to space them out a bit. If so, I might know someone that runs a CNC mill that could make them very quick out of high density foam that would take paint rather nicely..Just pay shipping

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I got some cheapo chrome plated faucet flanges from home depot. They're larger diameter than the black plastic ones. On my system, they're mounted behind the black plastic flanges and give me that extra 1/2-3/4 in I need to clear my tap handles. if I remember later, i'll snap a pic for ya.

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