Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Picnic v/s Tower tap
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-02-2012, 03:52 AM   #1
new2brew1221
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 243
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Picnic v/s Tower tap

so, i am going to build my first kegerator, but was thinking of trying to save a few bucks by using a picnic tap, instead of a tower tap like i would like to have. i cannot find any information online, so hopefully someone here will know the answer to my question, Can I build a kegerator with a picnic tap and then convert to a tower tap? and, is it worth it or is it better for me just to go ahead and drop the few extra bucks and build the tower kegerator?

__________________
new2brew1221 is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-02-2012, 04:05 AM   #2
Special Hops
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Kanatenah
Posts: 1,430
Liked 21 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Sure you can.

I used a picnic tap for a couple of years just fine. It's a minor inconvenience to open the fridge every time but you get used it. Certainly nothing wrong with it.

My wife bought a tower a few years ago for my birthday. It's pretty easy to add it if you are willing to drill a few holes in the fridge.

__________________
KANATENAH BREWERY
On Tap:Foreign Extra Stout, ESB
Fermenting: Fools Gold IIPA
Up Next: Oatmeal Stout
Special Hops is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-02-2012, 04:45 AM   #3
1342
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Grapevine, Texas
Posts: 9
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

nothing wrong with picnic taps. i still use them in my 1 tap tower kegerator so i can have 2 more cornies on tap, til i can save up for a few more perlicks. but the downside is that instead of spilling a little beer in the drip tray, you are spilling it inside your fridge.

__________________
1342 is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-02-2012, 04:59 AM   #4
Euphist
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Euphist's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Jacksonburg, WV
Posts: 499
Liked 49 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 32

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1342 View Post
nothing wrong with picnic taps. i still use them in my 1 tap tower kegerator so i can have 2 more cornies on tap, til i can save up for a few more perlicks. but the downside is that instead of spilling a little beer in the drip tray, you are spilling it inside your fridge.
I solved this problem with a plastic beer cup (like you used in college) and a short piece of double sided velcro. I cut a slot in the cup near the rim and threaded the velcro through it, and then wrapped it around the keg handle. Picnic tap goes in the cup between uses - catches the drips nicely.

...I am SO cheap!
__________________
Euphist is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-02-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
carlisle_bob
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Carlisle, PA
Posts: 1,205
Liked 27 Times on 26 Posts

Default

Hi

Each time you want a beer, you open the fridge. In comes hot wet air. You may not be saving as much money as you think. Doubly true if you then buy a dehumidifier to go in the fridge. (shank at $13, faucet at $12 vs dehumidifier at $21).

Bob

__________________
carlisle_bob is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-02-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
brettwasbtd
Awesomeness Award Winnner
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
brettwasbtd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Damascus, MD
Posts: 1,404
Liked 43 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 77

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by carlisle_bob View Post
Hi

Each time you want a beer, you open the fridge. In comes hot wet air. You may not be saving as much money as you think. Doubly true if you then buy a dehumidifier to go in the fridge. (shank at $13, faucet at $12 vs dehumidifier at $21).

Bob
You talking fridge or Freezer? Fridges are made to be opened. I don't have this problem in mine and my fridge is in the garage.

To the OP. I have picnic taps and would love to have perlicks, but its not in the budget right now. I made the decision to have more kegs and use picnic taps than have less taps and a nice faucet....over time you can upgrade
__________________
Shegogue Brew | Pronounced "Shuh·goo" | http://shegoguebrew.blogspot.com | BJCP Certified Judge B0999
brettwasbtd is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-02-2012, 03:21 PM   #7
Special Hops
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Kanatenah
Posts: 1,430
Liked 21 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by carlisle_bob
Hi

Each time you want a beer, you open the fridge. In comes hot wet air. You may not be saving as much money as you think. Doubly true if you then buy a dehumidifier to go in the fridge. (shank at $13, faucet at $12 vs dehumidifier at $21).

Bob
Was never an issue for me. Maybe if you keep the fridge outside in the hot ass summer. But most folks keep them indoors.
__________________
KANATENAH BREWERY
On Tap:Foreign Extra Stout, ESB
Fermenting: Fools Gold IIPA
Up Next: Oatmeal Stout
Special Hops is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-02-2012, 04:18 PM   #8
carlisle_bob
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Carlisle, PA
Posts: 1,205
Liked 27 Times on 26 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by brettwasbtd View Post
You talking fridge or Freezer? Fridges are made to be opened. I don't have this problem in mine and my fridge is in the garage.

To the OP. I have picnic taps and would love to have perlicks, but its not in the budget right now. I made the decision to have more kegs and use picnic taps than have less taps and a nice faucet....over time you can upgrade
Hi

If you have an expensive fridge (as in one that self defrosts) it won't be a problem. The cheap fridges I buy don't come with that "feature".

Bob
__________________
carlisle_bob is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-02-2012, 04:54 PM   #9
brettwasbtd
Awesomeness Award Winnner
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
brettwasbtd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Damascus, MD
Posts: 1,404
Liked 43 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 77

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by carlisle_bob View Post
Hi

If you have an expensive fridge (as in one that self defrosts) it won't be a problem. The cheap fridges I buy don't come with that "feature".

Bob
Got ya, that makes sense. I got my extra free for "Cheap" ($20 on craigslist) but it is a really nice fridgeaire that was only a few years old and probably worth hundreds if not a thousand new
__________________
Shegogue Brew | Pronounced "Shuh·goo" | http://shegoguebrew.blogspot.com | BJCP Certified Judge B0999
brettwasbtd is offline
 
Quick reply to this message
 



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cobra/Picnic tap users PlayMizuno Kegerators and Keezers 22 02-18-2014 02:55 PM
Converting a Single Tower to a Dual Tower?!? nunzio42 Kegerators and Keezers 5 09-12-2013 06:43 AM
Upright Keezer with rigid-mounted picnic taps -TH- Kegerators and Keezers 28 04-15-2013 10:21 PM
under $15.00(plus S&H) picnic tap to stout tap modification zazbnf DIY Projects 24 11-21-2012 10:52 PM
DIY Picnic "Stout" tap - concept mattd2 Kegerators and Keezers 15 11-27-2010 11:28 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS