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Old 01-17-2011, 05:14 AM   #1
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Default 1958 Dalex Beer Engine Restoration Project

Hello All,

I'm a relatively new brewer and have been a lurker here for a while. My wife recently went re-sell shopping and picked me up a an awesome item knowing that I'm getting more and more into homebrewing. She found a duel tap Dalex beer engine with Blue Willow tap design from England.

The taps say 1958 so I assume the entire engine originated in 1958 but I have no way to tell. I have posted several pictures of the whole engine so you can all see what I'm working with. I hope to be able to restore the whole engine to pull cask ale from it in the near future. The only problem is that I'm very inexperienced with this type of stuff and have found only a small amount of stuff on the web regarding how to build a beer engine.

The current engine only contains the tap and handle and part of the lever underneath the handle from what I can tell. I know I need the tubing and piston but I would have no idea where to get this or hook this up if I had the materials. If any of you can help me in any way or point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.









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Old 01-17-2011, 05:17 AM   #2
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:19 AM   #3
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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What a crazy looking contraption.
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i concur... now what exactly is it? lol
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It's an old beer engine used for cask ale. I just need to find out where to get and how to hook up the cylinders and pistons that actually pump the beer up through the spigots.

I guess the best website I've found that might be able to help me is UK Brewing. This looks close to what I need to do but I'll have to contact them for some help.

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well after soem searching, i came across some information as well.
looks like alot of people are comparing beer engines to angrams. which i had some trouble locating as well.
here is a site that sells them new (guessing they might have some parts as well? or maybe an idea of where to get the parts, UK however)
http://www.ukbrewing.com/pump2FR.htm
found this as well
http://www.gotham-imbiber.com/
and here
https://www.kegman.net/beer_engine.html

everything i'm finding is pointing me to the ukbrewing site though

HTH!

/edit, good searchin, tex!
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Thanks for the links. I'm going to send UK Brewing an e-mail and see what I can find out. It looks like they're located in Pennsylvania instead of the UK and just have the name because they deal in British pub equipment, so that will save on shipping.
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Wow, that is sweet. Those handles are fantastic!

Best of luck on the restoration!
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I also just found an antique Dalex Beer Engine. How's your restoration going? I'm considering the purchase of this as well and doing the same thing...


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