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Old 05-01-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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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
Unless it is extremely hot out you should have no problems with 3 of your beers as they can be jumpered for 2 passes each. Your last keg that is getting the single pass should be chilled.

Make sure you run beer through the plate before adding the ice to the box, otherwise you could freeze up any water in the passes creating excessive foam or poor/no flow...
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:25 PM   #12
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Unless it is extremely hot out you should have no problems with 3 of your beers as they can be jumpered for 2 passes each. Your last keg that is getting the single pass should be chilled.

Make sure you run beer through the plate before adding the ice to the box, otherwise you could freeze up any water in the passes creating excessive foam or poor/no flow...
I have seen this jumping method mentioned. I am assuming that it is as simple as jumping the ports in an in/out fashion, port 5 in to port 5 out with 6' or so of tubing?
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Sorry for the hijack, but just a quick Q:
Do you insulate your kegs at all for use with a cold plate?
Did you use anything to seal around the insulation where you drilled the holes? I am planning on using Aquarium Sealant
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:47 PM   #14
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I drilled the holes fairly tight and then sealed with a general purpose silicone sealant.

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:17 PM   #15
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I have seen this jumping method mentioned. I am assuming that it is as simple as jumping the ports in an in/out fashion, port 5 in to port 5 out with 6' or so of tubing?
Yeah 5 or 6" should be enough to jumper them together, just make sure the tube doesn't kink too hard as that could create foam as well.

As for sealing the drilled holes I used shanks on both the back and the front, that way I could disconnect all hoses and keep them in the jockey box.
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Yeah 5 or 6" should be enough to jumper them together, just make sure the tube doesn't kink too hard as that could create foam as well.

As for sealing the drilled holes I used shanks on both the back and the front, that way I could disconnect all hoses and keep them in the jockey box.
I thought about pass through shanks for the back but @ $20/each I decided against them for now.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:20 PM   #17
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been considering build a jockey box but I plan on going stainless coils or bevseal beer line. Sometime soon I am hoping to try it with the bevseal line on a corny, because it would obviously be really cheap to go that route. Weather it works or not...

Still trying to decide if I want to go cheap and use a cobra tap, or get a chrome faucet (since it won't get used a lot).
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been considering build a jockey box but I plan on going stainless coils or bevseal beer line. Sometime soon I am hoping to try it with the bevseal line on a corny, because it would obviously be really cheap to go that route. Weather it works or not...

Still trying to decide if I want to go cheap and use a cobra tap, or get a chrome faucet (since it won't get used a lot).
I like the SS Coils also but I was not willing to pay $500+ for coils nor did I want to get a boat cooler for 4 taps. The upside is that you can fill the box with Ice water and not have to pre chill the kegs
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I thought about pass through shanks for the back but @ $20/each I decided against them for now.
$20 seems kinda steep unless you are supporting your local home brew store... I only paid about $10 each for mine from BeverageFactory's ebay store...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kegco-Beer-S...item1e6d9a83da
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I like the SS Coils also but I was not willing to pay $500+ for coils nor did I want to get a boat cooler for 4 taps. The upside is that you can fill the box with Ice water and not have to pre chill the kegs
Where are you buying your stainless coils??



I am not sure what size coil I would use for this, but I can get 1/2'' 304 stainless in a 50ft coil for $85. That would give me enough for 2-3 taps. I am assuming that stepping down in coil diameter would give a cheaper or at least similar price.

That said I assume that the cooler would have to be larger pending on the size of the coils. But I am not looking to make a 4 tap either, because it would take a ton of ice. I have also heard you need to drain the coolers when you have a chill plate, and not let water build up (so you need more ice)
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