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Old 05-31-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Homemade and super ugly taps/tower?

I haven't seen this addressed very often but maybe I'm just not looking hard enough; is it possible to make a draught tap from scratch? I've got a kegerator with just a cobra tap, very low tech but the proper towers are hilariously expensive around here.

If I'm not interested in looks, can I build something using a few valves and connectors from Home Depot? Could something that looks like an outdoor hose connector be as good as a proper draught tap? ;-)


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Old 05-31-2009, 10:42 PM   #2
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You can build an "irish coffin" (basically just a wooden box) instead of using a tower. But I doubt you can build a faucet yourself and have it work correctly. But who knows - innovation comes from everywhere. I guess you might bea able to rig something up using the cobra faucets with a coffin. Simple beer faucets are not that expensive tho.

A member here did something like this: LINK


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Old 05-31-2009, 10:52 PM   #3
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You might have to search for it but I saw a thread where a tap tower was made out of PVC piping.
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:03 AM   #4
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I've had similiar thoughts...the cobra tap works too well to discard (for the $$$ of course)...just need a way to fix it up in the tower...???

I'm thinking wood tower w/ a neat hole for a cobra tap/s sticking out.

I recall seeing a keg fridge...the guy merely had cobras sticking out the front...sure no bling...but they perform, easy to clean, never stick, and almost free!
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Would a ball valve work?
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my tower is pvc, approx cost excluding taps and shanks was $14

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Would a ball valve work?
Probably would I guess...be a bit tricky to connect the beer line. I guess brass is OK post ferment, but no copper???
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Probably would I guess...be a bit tricky to connect the beer line. I guess brass is OK post ferment, but no copper???
Why tricky? They don't sell stainless NPT to barbs there?

Sure, not something you'd pick up at Lowes but......
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I've been planning on building an irish coffin. This seems cheap and I like the looks. My only other thought is an old brass mushroom, but they don't pop up as often as when I wasn't actually looking...such is life
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Here's my pvc tower build... Wort-O-Matic: Custom Draft Tower and Kegerator


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