Inspiration for this build comes from racin_ny's build thread here
. Cheers to you racin_ny and thanks for answering my questions!
I took this info from the homebrewing blog I just started, but feel free to comment/ask any questions here or on the blog (here
I really really love English beers through a handpump, but I wasn’t about to spend $400 on a beer engine until I had at least tried this out at home. I saw a BYO article about building a beer engine out of an RV hand pump and a pretty cool build on HBT so I decided to cannablize a wine-cooler that was collecting dust and build a beer engine/caskegerator (hand pump, swan neck, sparkler tip, cooling unit, corny kegs = Beer Engine Caskegerator).
It’s cooled by the peltier cooling unit from the wine cooler, and an additional PC fan. My basement isn’t quite cool enough yet so I am supplementing the cooling with some frozen 2 liter jugs which allows the setup to hover around 52-53F.
I had a swan neck fabricated by Zach at stainlessbrewing.com and added a compression fitting to 3/8″ MPT, I then jammed a sparkler tip on there and turned it to basically create new threads. After flushing the system a few times all the plastic chunks were purged out.
The pump is a Valtera Rocket Hand Pump that I got on Amazon for $28.
Ordinary bitter (recipe on blog):
Sorry there aren't more build pics, but it's basically just an insulated 2X4 box with a wine cooler unit on the back and a temp controller. I'd be happy to answer any questions.