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Old 07-07-2011, 03:36 AM   #1
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This past weekend I brewed 4 beers, a hard cider and a batch of Sprecher root beer for my buddies graduation party. I was concerned that it would be difficult to chill all 6 kegs and properly label the beers without the lines getting all tangled up and confusing the guests.

My buddy's parents have a small beef ranch and had a spare stock tank for the cattle to drink from. After a good cleaning and sanitizing, I was easily able to fit my six kegs plus 20# CO2 tank in the stock tank with enough room for 2-3 more kegs (more if CO2 tank is placed outside). We filled the stock tank with kegs in it with cold well water over night to pre-chill the beer and drained some out and added about 60# of ice the next morning for the party; worked great!

Now what was I supposed to do about the picnic taps? We setup a banquet table over the kegs and had a front bar to the left making an 'L' shape with 2 half barrels of BMC with 1" holes drilled through the top for my sanke tower taps. It dawned on me that a scrap piece of 1"x3" could be drilled and made into a tap-tower of sorts.

Evenly spaced 1/2" holes with side legs on the 1"x3" would be perfect! Touched by Midas....a quick coat of gold spray paint made the crappy looking scrap wood look great. I disconnected the picnic taps and ran the tubing through the holes; I found that once the tap was reassembled, the bulge of the tubing was the right size for a press-fit into the 1/2" holes creating a perfect secure fit that the taps did not fall out. I wrote labels of the beers on top of the wood to identify the order and made custom beer labels made by <http://www.beerlabelizer.com> hung in front of the bar.

The party was a great success and everyone loved the homebrew, my personal Honey Wheat was the biggest hit and tapped out within a few hours. In the third picture you can kind of see the stock tank in the lower-right corner with the 6 Corny kegs and CO2 tank.

The second picture is the lineup...
1. Hard Apple Cider
2. Cream Ale
3. Honey Wheat
4. Red Ale
5. Cascadian Dark Ale

With a couple of my buddies and I with Manufacturing Engineering degrees, and a few hours we created a pretty nice bar setup that received many compliments. If any of you are having a party and need a somewhat professional setup, this was a very cheap and easy way to share great beer with friends and family.

And if anyone happens to like this idea and implement it, I would love to hear from you and see your setup along with a picture. Hopefully someone with more time and crafting skills can improve upon our idea and create something spectacular!

BTW, this was my first gig; I have been brewing since 2006 and have never made a beer for a party or anyone else, only personal consumption (and friends who come over). It was a lot of fun brewing all of these at once within the short 6 week notice I was given.

Cheers!

Phil
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
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Nice setup. I love those labels you made.

 
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:06 PM   #3
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Awesome setup!

 
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:27 PM   #4
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Nice setup. I love those labels you made.
Thank you, but I have to give credit to Andy Biggs over at:

http://www.beerlabelizer.com/

I believe he is also a member here at HBT.

It's an easy, user-friendly site to use which creates dramatic labels! I received many compliments but couldn't take credit for them other than some of the names.

 
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:49 PM   #5
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Umm, you sir are awesome!

And thank you so much for the beerlabelizer!

 
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:47 AM   #6
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Quote:
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Thank you, but I have to give credit to Andy Biggs over at:

http://www.beerlabelizer.com/

I believe he is also a member here at HBT.

It's an easy, user-friendly site to use which creates dramatic labels! I received many compliments but couldn't take credit for them other than some of the names.

HELL YEAH!!!!! That label maker is awesome. Thanks

 
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:11 PM   #7
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Nice Idea, that works pretty well it looks like.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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Awesome build. I love the ingenuity members here have.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:29 PM   #9
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Awesome work, I am still running picnic taps in my Kezzer due the the cost of getting setup with proper taps is restrictive. I might seriously look stealing your idea for a semi-permenant setup in a coller until I can afford the SS Perlic taps/shanks I want, if I plan it right all I should need to do for the collar to swap them out is drill bigger holes

 
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