I had the day off work so got quite a bit done this afternoon. Only 3 trips to Home Depot in total!!
First up was to drill a hole through the bar top to meet the PVC.
Then I cut the PVC off flush with the bottom of the bar. Definitely need to paint the PVC yet.
Then I built my post for the elbow of the PVC to rest on and used cinder blocks to hold in place.
Then the fun part - running the lines. I got the 3/8" copper tubing straightened best I could and wrapped it around the two beer lines. I was going to wrap with aluminum tape every 6-12" but the aluminum tape wasn't strong enough to hold the copper in place so wound up using duct tape instead. There is a U-shaped fitting up in the tower that connects the two copper tubes and is surrounded with insulation in there. I would later regret hooking up all the tubing to the tower out in the garage first...
I cut the pink R-13 insulation into strips about 4" wide, surrounded each side of the taped tubes with the insulation, then taped together. Right about now is when I figured out I was going to have a problem running this down the PVC!!
I made it work though! At this point (forgot to take a picture) I had removed the 90 degree elbow from the PVC below the deck so that the bundle went straight down the PVC until it hit the dirt ground below. I fed the pipe bundle through very slowly and every foot or so went down below the deck to bend the copper into a right angle once it hit the ground so that I could push more down. Took about 14 trips up and down the stairs. Of course with the freezer in the entry way, I had to walk across the length of the deck and crawl back up from the backside.
Earlier in the week I got my CO2 tank filled so hooked that up also. Cost me $22 at a local welding supply, and they filled my own tank while I waited. Another place in town would do tank replacements for $20.
I stopped at my local liquor store today to pick up the first keg. I'd ordered a 1/4 barrel of my favorite domestic, Miller Lite. They screwed up my order with the distributor and got a full 1/2 barrel instead. Guess who just got half a barrel for the price of a quarter!? That made my day...
I will probably also order a 1/6 barrel of Summer Shandy next month for the second tap. That tap is reserved for Sam Adams Oktoberfest this Fall!, though!
Also in this picture you can see the loop of copper that is the outbound cooling line. I'm having some difficulty getting the outbound cooling line connected to my pond pump. The brass fitting I bought at Home Depot keeps slipping off the length of vinyl tubing that runs from the pump to the outbound copper line. The return line is just dangling there and will go into the reservoir.
Also left to do is finish aluminum taping between the two collars to hide the insulation. I wanted to wait until I was sure I was done running lines through the collars before taping that off, so that will be one of the last things I do.
Almost ready for a cold one!! I still need to sanitize the beer lines before actually connecting the keg since the thing was in my dusty garage and then in the dirt below the deck for a good portion of the day!