Flare nuts for picnic taps?

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anyone ever had the idea to install a male-female, flare combo on the bev line so you can take a picnic tap off and wash it in the sink?
 

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All the picnic taps I've seen have barb connections on them. Can't see an easy way to 'adapt' one to work with a swivel nut. I do have a QD to faucet adapter that I use when I take a small keg with me (1-1/2 gallon Torpedo keg). I usually use a stout faucet since I've been filling that keg with either a stout or porter pushed with nitrogen. I have another adapter I can use with a different faucet if I wish.

Being remote is the only time I've used the picnic taps. Since I have six faucets installed in the keezer collar.
 
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Can't see an easy way to 'adapt' one to work with a swivel nut.
my thought was to use two 1/4" barb flare fittings, installed close to the tap. so that i can just take it off, take it apart and clean in the sink.....

so basically, i'd just use some 3/16 line to couple the male flare to a female....thus converting my barbed picnic tap to a male flare?


i already have my 1/4" barbed female things. just need to order the 1/4" barbed male ones from morebeer....

i was just wondering if anyone has done something like that, and if it caused more restriction, or foam or something.....i guess the beer goes through the poppet, so should be fine.
 

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I take the plunger out for much easier and thorough cleaning. Just unscrew that plastic ring around the top, and pull the lever/plunger assembly out.

Once the plunger is removed I can push a long 3/16" tube brush down the line, 3' from each side, for 6' in total. ;)
 

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my thought was to use two 1/4" barb flare fittings, installed close to the tap. so that i can just take it off, take it apart and clean in the sink.....

so basically, i'd just use some 3/16 line to couple the male flare to a female....thus converting my barbed picnic tap to a male flare?


i already have my 1/4" barbed female things. just need to order the 1/4" barbed male ones from morebeer....

i was just wondering if anyone has done something like that, and if it caused more restriction, or foam or something.....i guess the beer goes through the poppet, so should be fine.
IMO, adding the fittings is introducing more potential problems than it would actually solve. As pointed out by IslandLizard, you can run a brush through the line IF needed. Although, if my lines look like they need to be brushed, they get replaced. I run Starsan through them every keg change and will run PBW then rinse water through as needed. Use 10-15psi to push that and you should be all set.

If you need to take the picnic tap apart to clean out schmutz, then do that. But I wouldn't really worry about the lines themselves. I also think adding more threads is adding places for things to get trapped, or for leaks to happen. Even more so if you're using worm clamps.

In the past ~10 years, I've used the picnic tap setup maybe four times (if that). Last couple of times I brought beer to a gathering I've had a faucet directly on the liquid post (via QD) which made things much easier. I used paintball type gas cylinders to push the beer (either CO2 or nitrogen) without issue. At home, I have the faucets installed in my keezer collar, so that's even easier to work with.
 
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I take the plunger out for much easier and thorough cleaning. Just unscrew that plastic ring around the top, and pull the lever/plunger assembly out.

Once the plunger is removed I can push a long 3/16" tube brush down the line, 3' from each side, for 6' in total. ;)

well, my picnic taps go through a hole in my fridge door....so really, taking them apart right now only lets me clean the rubber part....it'd be so much easier if i could just unscrew them from the line, and wash in the sink.


with the barb, i can't really remove them, like i assume, people with fancy dedicated proper beer faucets can....

i got an idea in my head, having the female side of the flare, out side the fridge door. then just have enough 3/16" line to basically convert the barb to a male flare...that way the tap will unscrew. not sure about temp change or anything else, but figure it's worth a shot....
 

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Why not just have the hole through the fridge door large enough for the swivel nut on the line to pass through?? IMO, that would be easier/better than making the convoluted mess you're talking about. Plus, it means spending $0.00 to do it. Assuming you have at least a decent set of drill bits. Of course, that assumes you're using QD's with MFL connections (like normal people) and not barbs there. :p
 
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Why not just have the hole through the fridge door large enough for the swivel nut on the line to pass through?? IMO, that would be easier/better than making the convoluted mess you're talking about. Plus, it means spending $0.00 to do it. Assuming you have at least a decent set of drill bits. Of course, that assumes you're using QD's with MFL connections (like normal people) and not barbs there. :p

i wouldn't want a hole that big in my fridge door, bad enough with the gap for my co2 to go through the gasket on the side.


and it's not convoluted, it'd just be a simple female flare nut on the beer line at the door, and a male flare 'conversion' for the barbed picnic tap....

and one of my beer line does have a barbed ball lock QD, because i have 4 ball lock kegs and only two pin lock, so only need one with a flare to swap between them.....
 

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