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Old 10-19-2006, 02:41 PM   #31
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16 years old is the legal drinking age in Germany. My daughter went over as an exchange student and came home a beer drinker.

We allow her to occasionally have a glass of beer or apfelwein. She knows how the tap works (and that comes in handy...Can you get Daddy a refill please..thanks sweetie).

We tend to have a German attitude toward alcohol in our household. Moderation and individual responsiblity is the key.

When she goes off to college, beer won't be such a big deal.

 
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:35 PM   #32
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EdWort has it right. When I was in college, the kids who got drunk the most, who really got blitzkrieged all the time, passed out and woke up at a bus stop or drunk tank, the ones who really just took it to the extremes and could never handle their ****...they were, by and large, the ones whose parents had put a strict clampdown on drinking during their teen years. Look at it this way: in a few years, she's going to have pretty much unlimited access to booze. Now, who do you want to be the one to introduce it to her: yourself, or a bunch of partying college frat boys?

Sorry to pile on, here, but I don't think a tap lock is the end of the story here. Unless, of course, you only care about saving your beer, and not about your kid's safety...in which case, yeah, just lock it up...let her get her own booze. I'm sure the winos outside the 7-11 will buy some for her .
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:41 AM   #33
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I think padlocking the refer, with a valve inside, is the best alternative. Double check the hinges too, kids are as smart as their parents were.
Solution is to put a hasp lock on both sides of the door, the side that opens and the hinge side. Then it doesn't matter if the hinges can be removed.

 
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:42 AM   #34
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As for teaching the girl to appreciate the finer points of good beer and drinking responsibly by letting her drink a half pint with you on occasion, I was thinking the same thing myself. But that wasn't the kind of advice you asked for, so I didn't. Since others have mentioned it though, I will say that I agree in general. It also depends on the kid. It might not be a good strategy with all kids.

I'd lock the kegerator anyway, regardless of anything else you might do. There's no sense in taking chances with your daughter's safety.

 
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:13 AM   #35
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Ok here's the deal some of you may have misunderstood.i was wanting to know if any of you knew of a way i could make a tap lock a little cheaper than ordering one..so far iv'e recieved a lot of answers commenting on parenting skills...anyone here have teenage boys with access to the internet...trust me you can tell them all you want to not look at the porn but hey they are gonna do it..think of a tap lock like parental controls..

 
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:21 AM   #36
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You are right, no amount of education/talking will prevent your kid from doing something if they really want to. I think the best method given is to add a nylon inline shutoff to the beer line in the kegerator and add a padlock to the kegerator door. Its a tiny bit more of a pain to use but its cheaper.

Just out of curiosity, what kind of explanation did your daughter give you the next day and how did she feel?
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:31 AM   #37
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I just told ya to lock the bottom half rather than the top. Has nothing to do with parenting skills, it's just plain cheaper and easier. If it were me, I would machine a tap lock, but I'd probably charge you $40-$50 if you wanted me to design and machine one for you, so you'd be better off buying one...or locking the fridge door like most of us suggested.
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Ok here's the deal some of you may have misunderstood.i was wanting to know if any of you knew of a way i could make a tap lock a little cheaper than ordering one..so far iv'e recieved a lot of answers commenting on parenting skills...anyone here have teenage boys with access to the internet...trust me you can tell them all you want to not look at the porn but hey they are gonna do it..think of a tap lock like parental controls..
Just curious. Do you actually read all of the posts, or just selected ones?


 
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:08 AM   #39
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Ok here's the deal some of you may have misunderstood.i was wanting to know if any of you knew of a way i could make a tap lock a little cheaper than ordering one..so far iv'e recieved a lot of answers commenting on parenting skills...anyone here have teenage boys with access to the internet...trust me you can tell them all you want to not look at the porn but hey they are gonna do it..think of a tap lock like parental controls..
I guess it is the nature of internet forums; when you ask a question you get answers and opinions which you may or may not like. You take the ones you like and be done with it.
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:23 AM   #40
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