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Old 09-30-2010, 04:02 AM   #1
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Default Faucets for dispensing seltzer

I'd like to keep a keg of soda water on tap to mix with flavored syrups. Do you guys use regular beer faucets, or premix soda faucets?

From what I gather, the advantage of the premix faucet is you don't need 30' of line to dispense?

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probably not helping by asking this, but if you used a smaller line, would it make it balance out shorter?

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i was htinking of buying an el-cheapo rear seal chrome plated brass for carbed water. even the plastic ones for "wines and meads" are nearly as much as a perlick but the others are like $12.

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I use a standard beer tap with 25' of 3/16ths to dispense the soda water. I add the concentrate to the glass after dispensing.

A couple weeks ago, after six years of use, the plating on the inside of the faucet failed. I might replace the tap with an all-chrome or SS tap.

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You know, I wonder if this idea would work for dispensing soda? I'll have to give it a try next time I do a McMaster order.

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I use the standard Perlick 425SS and 25' of 3/16 line coiled up around my seltzer keg. And mix the syrup in the gloass as I pour the seltzer.

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I just use a Perlick 525... the same thing my beer lines use. It allows me to switch things up however I want without worrying about which tap is where. I also only have ten feet of 3/16" at 30 psi and have no problem with flow. It comes out twice as fast as my beer but that is fine with me.

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I just use a Perlick 525... the same thing my beer lines use. It allows me to switch things up however I want without worrying about which tap is where. I also only have ten feet of 3/16" at 30 psi and have no problem with flow. It comes out twice as fast as my beer but that is fine with me.
I did this too, at first, but I found over time that the violence of the pour brought CO2 out of solution way too fast. Another 15 foot resolved that and now it dispenses like a soda fountain.
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Good to know. I might have to give it a shot with some spare tubing. Not a huge carb fan though. It is never flat by the time I finish it which is good enough for me generally speaking. I do like the idea of slowing the flow down though.

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i was htinking of buying an el-cheapo rear seal chrome plated brass for carbed water. even the plastic ones for "wines and meads" are nearly as much as a perlick but the others are like $12.


bad idea. brass and copper in the presence of carbonic acid results in toxic compounds being released into the carbonated water.....

only use plastic or stainless steel for soda water.
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