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Old 12-27-2012, 01:04 AM   #81
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I'm between this and converting the Holiday 7 cu. ft. Any feedback?

 
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:12 PM   #82
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I'm between this and converting the Holiday 7 cu. ft. Any feedback?
Which Holiday model? I'm struggling with the same question of buying or DIY.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:50 PM   #83
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I ended up buying a used tower that looks very similar to the one on this kegerator. Is it a 2.5" tower? I painted mine white but the drip tray looks the same as well. I found a way I could make it into a 3 tap tower. Hope this helps everyone out.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/2-5-...roject-372679/

 
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:07 PM   #84
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I decided to go a different route since I only want two taps. I've searched the forums after the poster above me suggested the sleeve extending the tower to three taps. Looks like you can make a 2.5 inch tower into two taps with a little finesse.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/2-fa...-tower-313516/

I bought another 2.5 inch tower to work with that should fit the locking coupler that comes with the fridge so I won't have to make any mods on the fridge like drilling. If I had used the original draft tower, I could have drilled new flange holes to accommodate a 45 degree turn of the tower instead of a 90 (there are only four holes on the tower flange). The tower is cheap, and if I ever have any problems with the keggerator, I can always return it unmodified with the original tower.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000BN...sr=8-2&pi=SL75

I'll see where this goes, it would be nice to keep the fridge as stock as possible. I'll keep you guys updated.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #85
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Thats the thread I used to make mine a 2 tap last spring, but this fall i realized I could fit a pin lock converted to a ball lock on the hump of the back of mine (not an igloo). So 3 faucets became a requirement. Let me know how it works out for you I am looking at one of these igloos for a buddy of mine.

 
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:34 AM   #86
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Thats the thread I used to make mine a 2 tap last spring, but this fall i realized I could fit a pin lock converted to a ball lock on the hump of the back of mine (not an igloo). So 3 faucets became a requirement. Let me know how it works out for you I am looking at one of these igloos for a buddy of mine.
I was wondering how you handled placement of the elbow shanks in your tower so they wouldn't hit each other. Did you bend the shanks in order to have them cross past each other. The thread I consulted about another 2.5" draft tower mod didn't indicate if these was any modifications done to the shanks. I was almost considering using these if they were stainless steel : http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?...oducts_id=1758
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:02 PM   #87
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I used the original elbow shank and the part you are showing. I did bend the elbow shank because the link still got in the way.

How well does the Igloo cool? Does the tower get cold or did everyone have to install fans? I had a cheap kegerator before and had to install the fans for tower cooling.

 
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:09 PM   #88
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It's not very cold up in the tower. I may be doing a fan mod to the tower at some point. Were those stainless steel shanks you bent? I imagine they are going to be very brittle and hard to bend. I did pick up an Oetiker clamper to cut down on the space used by clamps. That shank I posted in my last post does look tempting if its all SS.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:31 PM   #89
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I received one of these for Christmas. I think the compressor is very loud when running (knocking/pinging). It's much louder than mini fridges's I've had. Hopefully they are not all like this...

 
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:59 AM   #90
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So I have this. I have been trying to get a Yuengling keg to pour correctly....

I get foam out the wazu. I have taken apart the thermostat and turned the red screw about 4-6 revs (approx) to the right (clockwise) the best temp has got is 39F. I have a tower fan, and the tower has condensation, so I know it's chilling.

I get 80% foam with all PSI's between 5-14. If I use the lower PSI I get 30% foam but flatter beer.

I also have ice build up on inside coils, but don't know how to make this go away. I thought compressor ran excessively until I read this thread. The unit is 4-5" from wall, well ventalated.

Very frustrated.

 
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