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Old 03-13-2012, 02:23 AM   #1
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I would love to build a 2 tap jockey box and have seen all kinds of designs and materials. I want something "economical" but I also like to have my beer cold. I have seen a 1 pass cold plate on ebay for 25$ but really want a 2 pass. Does anyone have a good hook up or know where reasonably prices cold plates could be purchased.

I have seen DIY self designs made with beverage tubing but it sounds like the down side is that they don't seem to get the beer very cold.

Anyone have any suggestions on what I could do to build my jockey box?

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Old 03-13-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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just make sure that you use stainless steel tubing in the box if you go the diy route. metal of course conduct heat/cold better than plastic, the reason i say SS is that copper will leach in the presence of carbonated products creating a very toxic solution.

i'm not sure how much a 50' run of SS tubing is going for nowadays. but that should be plenty for a 2-3 tap jockeybox. wrap @15-20' of the tubing around a 2 liter size bottle per run. nestle both wrapped coils inside a 20qt cooler and fit with taps through the side.


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Old 03-13-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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If i were building a two tap jockey box, wouldnt I need 2 coils of ss hose. This is where the expense lies and I think I could get a two run cold plate for less than the price of 2 coils. Unless I am not understanding how the cold plat runs, I was assuming a two run plate will allow me to have two seperate kegs connected to the jockey box with 2 taps. I may be misunderstanding of how the whole system works.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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yes a 2 pass cold plate would run 2 separate beers and should do it cheaper than stainless coil. Just watch ebay for some good cold plate deals.
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does it matter the size of the SS coil? like say 3/16 or 1/4 on the inside of the SS coiL,
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I built a jockey box with a 5 pass cold plate that I bought for $80 in the classifieds section. I have seen a build that uses beer line coiled in ice.

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I built a jockey box with a 5 pass cold plate that I bought for $80 in the classifieds section. I have seen a build that uses beer line coiled in ice.

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Do you insulate your kegs at all for use with a cold plate?
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Nope, I left them sitting at about 70F. The cooler is an igloo extreme that I loaded with 20 LB of ice and kept pouring around 40-45F for about 2.5 days. I really was nervous about pouring multiple beers in line, but the cold plate worked great. I think a major factor was that I lifted the plate off the bottle by about 3 inches using packing foam. It kept the plate off the melt water for the most part. Some people complained that you had to keep packing down the ice, but I never had a problem. The only con was low flow rate.
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Nope, I left them sitting at about 70F. The cooler is an igloo extreme that I loaded with 20 LB of ice and kept pouring around 40-45F for about 2.5 days. I really was nervous about pouring multiple beers in line, but the cold plate worked great. I think a major factor was that I lifted the plate off the bottle by about 3 inches using packing foam. It kept the plate off the melt water for the most part. Some people complained that you had to keep packing down the ice, but I never had a problem. The only con was low flow rate.
why was your flow rate so low? what did you have your psi at? I am building a 4 tap box with a 7 pass plate and will be serving 4 beers at a time at wedding in August. I plan to refrigerate and ice down the kegs before hand
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I wouldn't say 'so' low, but definately a little low. It didn't help that the kegs were a little under carbed too. I think they were around 10 psi at 70f. They flowed better when I jumped up the serving pressure, but I was worried about over carbing. Not bad for the first try. I would recommend that you test it to feel out the settings.


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