I know this is a question that has been asked before, but the last thread I saw was from 2010, and I figured maybe it's time for some new responses.
So for Christmas, some friends got together and got me my first kegging setup (been bottling for a few years now...). My first thought was bringing kegs to house parties and what not.
When I started looking into jockey boxes, I'll admit I was a little surprised at the cost (never having bought copper or ss tubing myself). I do know that stainless tubing is preferred over copper, and I've read old threads (anywhere from 2003 to 2010), some saying chiller plates work fine, others saying they barely do anything.
Now, for my group of friends, it's not like a beer would be poured every 2 minutes. More like one every 15-20 over the course of a night. I'd think this would be adequate time to let things cool off in a chiller plate, which honestly seems like a better option in terms of cost and space, if it works well. I've seen some 6 port chillers (used) for ~$120, and was thinking that if you were just to chain some of the lines together for a 3x length 2 tap setup, or 2x length 3 tap setup, it would be good enough for my needs. Put the whole assembly in a cooler with some ice water, add some salt to lower the freezing temp and make it even colder, and it seems like you'd be in business.
What are peoples thoughts/experiences on this? Any input is appreciated.