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Old 09-17-2011, 12:44 PM   #121
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The faucet is actually cold to the touch now so it appears to be working well. But the foam expanded more then I thought, had to cut some out when it cured. I then used pipe insulation cut up to go up past the barb and the shank.

I'm pouring Sam Adams Oktoberfest through 10 ft line 13psi @ 38 degrees. It pours a beautiful beer. Unfortunately I think Sam Adams has really gone down hill since its become so popular, it almost tastes like a generic Coors product.






 
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:20 PM   #122
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In reference to the Sam Adams taste, I retract my comment. I think I rushed the test and didn't give the keg time to settle, now it tastes pretty good. Definately not Spaten but tasty.

Next up, some loal Weyerbacher suds!

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:45 PM   #123
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Did you have a small child sit in the kegerator to take this picture?!? I may have to call CPS on you

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:57 PM   #124
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I came across this thread while searching on Google for info on creating a forced air system for my tower. Great info!

I wasn't able to find any at Home Depot's website.

Question: where can I obtain a copper plate?

 
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:06 AM   #125
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That was the beer fairy that took that. When it arrives to take the stress from the day away and rejuvenate my soul it also used its digital cam to take a pic for me.


From what I heard unless your unit is out in some high temps you shouldn't really need plate unless there is major clearance issues. Because copper in my area 18071 is freaking expensive, people are tearing it out of everything.

My faucet was cold with just the T and copper tubes I added the extra piece just to be safe. I did this mod for 4 bucks, pipe was laying around basement, T splitter .85, expanding foam $3.


 
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:58 PM   #126
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I just use ice but mine is a daily/weekend use item

Its pretty popular at campgrounds

Love this. Got plans anywhere? or at least an equipment list?

 
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:22 AM   #127
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I just found this thread and am going to try this method to help solve my foam issue. Here is my question, it seems that all the pictures posted have homemade towers with vinyl beer lines running all the way up to the top. I have a Perlick tower and it has a metal beer line that i connect my beer line to. The metal line hangs down in the fridge about 3-4".

What do you think the best method of installing the copper would be? Slide a piece around the metal line? OR get 5-6 pieces of copper tubing and place them around the metal line so it has the copper tubing around it 360deg?

 
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:16 AM   #128
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I have mine a full 30" per beer line, as deep as I could get in fridge all the way up to just below shanks. Copper pipes keeps tower nice and cool, but no sweating issue.

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Old 12-20-2011, 02:08 PM   #129
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One thing I have learned is that you want your beer line running "uphill" all the way to the faucet. If not, any air that is trapped in there or co2 out of solution will foam when it gets to the faucet. If everything is uphill that co2 will all be at the faucet from the get go and there won't be any foaming from that.

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:03 PM   #130
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How do you keep your beer lines running uphill when you are using a mini fridge and a 10ft beer line? I actually think the stainless steel beer line in my tower is below the outlet on my pin locks.

I have my beer line coiled up on to of my keg, but there are still low spots where air/co2 collect.

 
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