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WinterWarlock

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I'm doing some research before I build a jockey box and I'm curious if anyone can offer advice on the following considerations:

1. Coil Length: I'm thinking either 50ft of 5/16 or 50 ft of 3/8 stainless steel tubing. Would the 3/8 be much different in terms of cooling capacity? Will either size connect to the same shank? Is 50 ft. overkill?

2. What specs am I looking for in terms of a shank? I assume the smallest size in the 3-4 inches will be good for a cooler.

3. Should I go for the forward sealing flow control faucet or simply the standard forward sealing faucet? Having dealt with leaky faucets, forward sealing sounds appealing. Intertap or perlick?

4. I'm thinking of going small on the size of the cooler. Something like one of these options:

https://www.target.com/p/coleman-174-16qt-c-tec-excursion-cooler-red/-/A-16663376
https://www.target.com/p/igloo-quantum-12qt-cooler-majestic-blue/-/A-54164666

Are these too small to retain enough cooling mass?

5. Is there anything else I need besides the coil, cooler, shank, tubing, and faucet? Additional harware, perhaps? The coil I'm looking at comes with grommets, ferrules and hex nuts:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NY-Brew-Su...248022?hash=item43ca06bcd6:g:knwAAOSwFNZWvKxr

Lastly, for those who have been down this road, is there anything you wish you knew before you started the build?

Thanks!!
 

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I used bulkhead connectors to go through the wall in the back... easier storage/ transport when you remove the hoses (need a beer nut and hosebarb as if you were attaching to the back of a shank...)
 

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I cut a hole in the side of mine, about 1.5-2", and inserted a small piece of PVC pipe inside of the hole/glued in place. That allowed me to slide my beer lines inside the cooler when not in use, and allowed for a bit longer on the line length (where you put your kegs and where your jockey box sits are not always right next to each other).
 

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I used bulkhead connectors to go through the wall in the back... easier storage/ transport when you remove the hoses (need a beer nut and hosebarb as if you were attaching to the back of a shank...)
+1 ^
Using winged beer nuts make it very easy to attach/detach on location. Don't forget to save the rubber washers.
 
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