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Old 01-24-2013, 12:00 AM   #1
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OK I got this wonderful thing from Deep Wood Brew Products

A really nice 2L mini-keg..



Being it looked too cool to not have a keg pump on it.. I made one.



Now to either paint, polish or chrome the brass pieces.

I could have made it a lot cheaper than I did with a barb, and a picnic faucet and plastic pump.

I might go and price/make one of those shortly with pictures. This one is a little hard to break down now and required a trip to the machine shop.. suffice it to say machine shops charge by the hour.. so I had them drill and thread the cap for me as well. I could have done that part.. but since it was there and they were charging me a full hour to thread the 3/4" MIP elbow to fit the 1-1/8"-18 thread of the faucet. (#@$@%$%$%$%@ 1-1/8"-18 beer faucet threads.. #$@#$%#$$%@#$ !!!)

So ya.. anyway.. I think it will be neat to dispense my brews at the monthly brew meetings in.

What do you guys think..?

BTW still waiting for one internal piece (an o-ring) to get it to work. Right now it does create and hold pressure. So have no doubt beer will come out of it in a day or two.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:51 AM   #2
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Well let it be known, once I had the tube and seals.. it worked Great !!
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:13 AM   #3
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Since no one else bit, I figured I'd be the first. Definitely intuitive.

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:19 PM   #4
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Thanks.. The pump actually almost weighs as much as the full keg. But it does stand up and support its self empty. Very balanced. In my office it looks like a piece of art.. Functional art The Mini-Mini-Keg dispenses about 8 - 8 oz cups

The simpler version (A plastic pump and barb w/ picnic faucet) I have a feel will work better than this one.. and be cheaper. But it wouldn't look as cool.

Anyway, a leak at the faucet was a bit annoying, when under full pressure it leaked (A small drip not major). I think this is because there was no good way to seal the back of the faucet directly to the tube or elbow and the machined threads apparently were good, but not enough to hold the pressure and too thin and sharp for pipe thread tape. I haven't given up yet, I plan on trying a few other things to seal it.

But it you only lightly pressurize the tank it works well and doesn't leak. You can then pump the beer out slowly. But like I said its more for decoration and a conversation piece at the local home brewer monthly meetings.

Actually a change the conversation piece from "That's Charles over there, his beer is horrible" to "That's Charles over there with the cool mini-keg"
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:26 PM   #5
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Beer art. Love it.

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:06 PM   #6
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Wonder if I could bring it to the office and "display" it on my desk.. as art..?

(think they would notice if I take it home every night to refill it)
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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Very cool -----

I'm inspired, I think I'm going to make my own from scratch. Roll form some gauge SS & laser cut some rounds for the ends. Maybe turn and tap the plug and machine 2 caps, one for priming & one for serving.

Can chance next time you've got your tap off you can take some close ups? and are you using a dip tube on the inside some how?
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:20 AM   #8
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Yes there is a pick up tube in the setup.

1/2" Tee with a 1/4" tube in it.. Tube runs bottom to top. Where a sink gasket seals the tube in the bottom of 1/2"-3/4" reducer for the 3/4" elbow that is threaded for the faucet. There the tube is bent 90 degrees and a few gaskets were used there to seal the 90 from getting full.

So the air goes in the side of the tee, and down through the 1/2" to 3/8" reducer to 3/8" - 1-1/2" nipple, the cap is threaded for the 3/8" nipple to screw into it. Then the tube continues to the bottom and nipple is open to the top..

The 1/2" street elbow is used is a direct fit the pump.. no mods needed there.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:23 AM   #9
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Hmm.. wonder if this could be used on a Growler cap..?
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:24 AM   #10
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F**kin neat man, good work...

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