Seen a lot of posts about this, but wanted to share a build my friend and I just finished.
My friends and I go to brewfest, camping, softball tourneys and stuff and pretty much got tired of burnin through so much ice in trash cans. So we decided to build a jockey box.
The first question was cold plate or coils. Been looking on here and found all sorts of things about the two but I managed to find a 6 pass cold plate fairly cheap and 4 50 ft coils is pretty expensive, so we went with the cold plate.
Here are the parts and where I found em:
My friend supplied the cooler
I found a used 6 pass cold plate on ebay for 120 shipped
Found faucet and shank combo kits with a 1/4" OD 3/16" ID barb fitting on an ebay store www.homebrewstuff.com
for about 29 bucks ea
The cold plate was missing a couple of connectors so I figured to get all new connectors with barbed connections.
Also got clamps and a length of 50' 3/16" ID hose for about 32 bucks which was cheaper than getting 25' and paying by the ft. Got all of this stuff from www.micromatic.com
All total including shipping charges - about $340
Here are some pics...
Everything But the cooler...
Drilled 4 holes for the shanks and 1 in the back for the beer lines in from the kegs
Coated the holes with silicone to prevent the insulation from disintegrating
We used the plexy glass as a backing plate because the hole saw we
used was a little too big and there was slop with the shanks in the hole.
Look of the plexy glass backing plate
6 pass cold plate... this thing is no joke... 10" x 15" and about 40 lbs!!!
all hooked up in the cooler
Just a little bit of ice to test.....