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Old 02-10-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default Portable Cask Serving Station Build

Inspired by the exploits of Schlenkerla and BioBeing, and my love of cask-conditioned/real ale, I built a Portable Cask Serving Station (PCSS)! Quickly, to the pics...



Started with purchasing 3 one-gallon cubitainers (polypins) from Northern Brewer with spigots. Added a length of 3/8" beer line, and the "cask" was ready. I figure that when I do 5 gallon batches, I can pull 1 gallon off and keg the rest.



12 quart Igloo Ice Cube. This is the perfect size to hold a 1 gallon cube with room for Igloo ice blankets around the sides.



The pop-up top is cool, because I drilled a hole for the beer line to run up to the pump, but my making my tower removable, I can close the top when I am on the move.

The Tower:

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The tower is three sections of 4" PVC. The lower tower looks like it's for rainspout applications, as it's rectangular on one end, round on the other. I attached brackets to the inside with 3/8" machine screws and then attached the brackets to the cooler with 1/2" machine screws. Definitely measured, as I didn't want the screws protruding too far.



The Valterra RV pump is connected to a 4" end cap.



The pump and cap then fits snuggly into a 4" coupling. All three of these PVC parts are very sturdy and fit very snug. I thought I would have to glue it all together, but I think I can just let it as is to facilitate cleaning and easy removal of the tower for travel.



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Going to test it this weekend with beer filled off a tap. I don't have anything conditioned yet. So we're just going to fill it and serve. In the filling process, I believe some of the carbonation will drop out, and I really just want to test the pump, determine if I need to build a sparkler, and really just give 'er a test drive.

Will post more pics after the weekend!

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Pretty cool, very simple, I like that. What is a sparkler though?

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I am a big fan of the racing stripes!

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I am a big fan of the racing stripes!
I thought that electric tape was the perfect accoutrement for this 98.5% plastic build... And I like color!

And thank you for donating the test beer for Saturday:
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Video of it in action on Saturday... We pulled a growler of jaysus' brown ale and then just poured it into the polypin. Just wanted to test everything out. The pump leaks a little bit right where the handle goes into the body. I heard that about these pumps. It's not real bad, but might try to see what I can do there...

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The pump leaks a little bit right where the handle goes into the body. I heard that about these pumps. It's not real bad, but might try to see what I can do there...
Mine did the same thing, except it literally shot liquid out of the side of the pump from the handle. I returned it, waiting for a replacement from Amazon.

I also called Valterra, the manufacturer of the pump, and I think they are going to send me a new one. Evidently, this is a very common issue with these pumps, and they are trying to fix the issue.

Great setup, by the way. I am about to build the exact same setup, so this will be very helpful.
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Me filling the cube from a growler, lol:



One concern is that it needs a sturdier/heavier base... It wants to tilt forward when pumping. Not sure what to do there... I want to keep the portability of it.



NEXT step is to condition something in the cube... I made a 5g batch of Irish Red on Saturday, so that's the leading candidate. May end up pulling 1g into a pin, then serving the other 4 on draught.

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One concern is that it needs a sturdier/heavier base... It wants to tilt forward when pumping. Not sure what to do there... I want to keep the portability of it.
I think that's why I'm going to go with a rectangular cooler instead of a cube, more stability when pumping.
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