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Old 11-12-2007, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default walk me through setting up some taps...

I think I'm ready to hook up some taps on my beer fridge. Been just using picnic taps, it's time to do it right. Going to go through the side, not the door (gotta have freezer access, that's where all the hops are ).

So, I have all the kegs and CO2 gear, have my manifold all built and installed. I'll be able to fit either four or five kegs in there, but I'll just start with one tap and go from there. I'm starting on the side and working my way inway, not centering them on the side.

So, it is as simple as getting:

Faucet (I know, drop the coin on forward sealing - unless someone has some old ones they want to sell me cheap ).
Shank (does the facuet screw directly into the shank?)
Tail piece
Beer nut
Neoprene beer washer

Anything else I need? I'll have to get some more tubing, I have a ton of clamps and disconncects... is that all I need? Drill a hole in the fridge, insert the shank, screw on the faucet, attach the tail piece with the beer nut and the washer, hook up the beer line, and I'm set? I'll need to fashion a drip tray of some sort... anything else I'm not thinking about?


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Old 11-12-2007, 02:48 PM   #2
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Make sure you fully open the valve on your Co2 tank, then use the dial on the regulator to get to the desired pressure. Use 6ft of 3/16ID beer line even if you dont need that much, it will help with foaming issues. Make a list of things to buy for the future upgrades

1) Gas manifold 3 or 4 way
2) More shanks
3) More vent-matics

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Old 11-12-2007, 03:01 PM   #3
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Well, I have the manifold. But, do I have the rest of the process down?
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:49 PM   #4
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Just passing along info I heard and helped me. Watch out about drilling holes in the side of the frig. They have hoses which carry essential stuff for the frig and puncturing them will ruin your frig. I just drilled a hole for my gas line and basically took a chance with a small hole and fished around in there to make sure I wouldn't ruin anything.

My LHBS told me about how to find the hoses and I think it went like this: Get the appliance to room temp them put a bucket of steamy water in the frig and turn it on. Supposedly in a couple minutes condensation will show you where the lines are. Not sure if you knew this already. I just finished my first keg so I'm still learning.
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:51 PM   #5
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Drilled a hole over the weekend to run my gas in. I started on the inside, once I was through the plastic, I rooted around to see if anything was in the way before proceeding. Good to go.
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The tail piece, washer, and nut are only if you are using sanke kegs. The shanks should have a hose attachment built on.
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Old 11-12-2007, 05:02 PM   #7
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The tail piece, washer, and nut are only if you are using sanke kegs. The shanks should have a hose attachment built on.
See, that's why I'm confused:



Can't see the backside, but it *looks* like I'd need to attach one of these bad boys...

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I have the shanks that require a tailpiece and nut. I think that's more common than the all in one. If those are NB, bird, then your initial thoughts are correct.

Do you have a faucet wrench? Surprisingly handy. Especially if your faucets are under torqued... = beer shower.
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I picked up the cheap shanks from www.superprod.com that have the hose nipple brazed in (or machined) but in any case I didn't need the tail piece and nut.
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I have the shanks that require a tailpiece and nut. I think that's more common than the all in one. If those are NB, bird, then your initial thoughts are correct.

Do you have a faucet wrench? Surprisingly handy. Especially if your faucets are under torqued... = beer shower.
Ditto on all the above, I was trying to use channel lock pliers on mine until I got the wrench. It's well worth the cost..... And my shanks also required a nut/tailpiece and use good beverage line, I used Black 3/16th on mine and it pours great...


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