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Old 07-23-2012, 06:44 PM   #21
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Hi zazbnf, I haven't done this yet, but was thinking of bring my "Guinness" keg to a family reunion this weekend. Also I have my taps apart due to a blown compressor. I'm making a new keezer.

The question is, what is the purpose of the "1 - 3/4" piece 5/8 OD plastic tubing (Fits inside larger tubing to reduce id for picnic tap.)"? It seems like the larger tube is the one that is clamped and where the beer goes through a restrictor anyway, I was wondering why you even need the inside tube. Or is that to keep the O-ring seated? I think the O-ring is usually screwed in place. Also my stout faucet is metal. I wonder if that makes a difference. I believe there are indents in the faucet for a wrench.


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Old 07-23-2012, 07:02 PM   #22
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:20 PM   #23
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Hi zazbnf, I haven't done this yet, but was thinking of bring my "Guinness" keg to a family reunion this weekend. Also I have my taps apart due to a blown compressor. I'm making a new keezer.

The question is, what is the purpose of the "1 - 3/4" piece 5/8 OD plastic tubing (Fits inside larger tubing to reduce id for picnic tap.)"? It seems like the larger tube is the one that is clamped and where the beer goes through a restrictor anyway, I was wondering why you even need the inside tube. Or is that to keep the O-ring seated? I think the O-ring is usually screwed in place. Also my stout faucet is metal. I wonder if that makes a difference. I believe there are indents in the faucet for a wrench.
The smaller inside piece reduces the inside diameter of the larger tubing like a bushing so it would seal on the picnic tap. The outside diameter of the picnic tap is much smaller than the outside diameter of the stout spout. Using tubing large enough to fit over the stout spout alone, I was unable to get it to seal on the picnic tap.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:14 PM   #24
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Thanks zaz, I put one of these together last night as I was missing my stout. Fortunately I had all the ingredients. I found that the cheap thin walled Lowes tubing fit well on the picnic tap outlet. I also had some larger tubing around that worked well. My guess is that this set up doesn't set the O-ring and disc underneath as tightly as a standard stout tap. Perhaps that was why you were suggesting a lower serving pressure. I found that this picnic stout tap poured faster than my normal stout tap, but the final results were very good nonetheless.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:52 PM   #25
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Hi, I tried this again without the o-ring, and it still seems to work OK.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:58 PM   #26
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I found the restrictor plate, straightener, and nozzle for $10.57 here.

https://leadersbeverage.com/product/...-parts-nozzle/

Nice thing is you can buy one set with everything you need and pay USPS 1st Class Shipping for $2.55.

I'm going to give it a shot and see if I can't find some nylon adapter w/ a hose barb that I can thread into the nozzle. I'll thread that into the nozzle and attach a piece of hose to the barb and then the other end to the picnic tap.

Anyone happen to know the thread size for the nozzle?
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:17 PM   #27
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Wanted to check back in and show what I came up with. I ended up going to the hardware store and walking the aisles to figure out a way to make this a bit more "elegant." So here's what I came up with.

I used a 3/8" compression fitting to 1/4" NPT female coupling. Then I bought a 1/4" Nylon hose barb. The 3/8 Compression Fitting threads into the stout faucet tip perfectly. Then the hose barb threads into the other end. A short piece of tubing attached to the hose barb and forced over the top of the picnic tap and...viola! It works awesome.

Picture posted below. The beer is a Ordinary Bitter carbonated at 1.5 volumes of CO2, so very low carbonation. I have my regulator set at 17psi, but I use some of those "mixer stick" things that were posted on here a while back to reduce the pressure in the lines allowing for much shorter hose runs. Anyway, here's some picks of the whole contraption and a pour as well.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:41 PM   #28
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Awesome thread! Just order my the parts and can't wait to try! Anytime I can save money with a DIY I'm happy! Have you happen to do a side by side test with a stout faucet?


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