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Old 08-14-2012, 02:42 AM   #1
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Hi all, I've got a question. I have a two faucet kegerator (from the beverage factory website) in my apartment. I would love to have a third tap in my place and was thinking that I can fit a third corny keg in my kegerator but don't want to deal with drilling a new hole and putting a new tower on and whatnot.

I was wondering if I could hookup a picnic tap to it and leave that connected? It would be connected for a few months probably, but I was just wondering if I'm actually able to do this without any worries of it coming undone?

As always thanks for the help! Happy Drinking!



 
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:49 AM   #2
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All three of my Cornys are in a fridge with picnic taps attached. I haven't had any problems and I'm too cheap to buy actual faucets. I'm not sure if that answers your question though.



 
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
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All three of my Cornys are in a fridge with picnic taps attached. I haven't had any problems and I'm too cheap to buy actual faucets. I'm not sure if that answers your question though.
Don't sell yourself short: that totally answered his question

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Old 08-14-2012, 03:02 AM   #4
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Before I switched to tap handles I briefly used picnic taps and just left them attached to the kegs and in the freezer with no issues other than I accidentally closed the lid on the tap handle unknowingly one time and drained out five gallons of beer into the bottom of the freezer...

Other than that stupidity they worked fine.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:18 AM   #5
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This is what I plan on doing till I get more money to buy nice faucets and a drip tray.

 
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:28 AM   #6
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Yeah, a picnic tap is fine.

That said, adding a third tap is FAR easier than you'd think. As long as you have a 3" diameter tower (and you most likely do), you can add a third tap below and between the first two pretty easily. You don't even need a hole saw. With some patience, you can manage with a Dremel!

Here's my old kegerator...



The two top taps were already there. I added the bottom one with a Dremel. Easy as pie, although getting your fingers or tools in there to fit the nut on the backside of the shank for the bottom tap is a bit of a PITA. But all told, it's an easy job.

 
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:30 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help guys. I might try and tackle a third tap down the road, but for now I think a picnic tap will do.

 
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:45 PM   #8
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You guys do realize that you could get complete faucet combo kits for like 40 bucks a tap, right?

lol cheapass (no offense intended)
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:01 AM   #9
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You guys do realize that you could get complete faucet combo kits for like 40 bucks a tap, right?

lol cheapass (no offense intended)
No offense taken. It was funny. But even at $40, that's $160 for the entire setup. I got two picnic taps on amazon for $5, and the hose is cheap. So my cheapass can open the fridge and pour beer like a brokeass.

 
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:24 AM   #10
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I just had an issue with my tap. I guess I didn't have it screwed onto the QD quite tight enough. After filling a few pints and twisting the hose around a bit, the fitting came undone slightly and I developed a slow gas leak and a small trickle of beer. By the time I noticed, there was a decent size puddle of beer in my fridge and all the co2 had escaped. This was after 10 days of carbing. Now it appears to be a flat keg.



 
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