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Title: Questions on building a kegerator
Post by: dano14041 on November 30, 2010, 10:24:10 am
I am gathering parts to build a kegerator from a fridge. I have lots of questions about the hardware. Should I pop for the stainless steel shank, tail, faucet, etc. or will the chrome plated ones last without wearing down to the brass? Is getting a shank with the tail welded on better than the separate tail and nut? What size tail is best?

Don't know if it matters, but I am planning on having 4 taps with an APA, an American Amber, and an English Bitter for house ales and the last tap being for whatever else catches my fancy.

Thanks in advance!
Dano
Title: Re: Questions on building a kegerator
Post by: tom on November 30, 2010, 10:32:30 am
I would spring for the stainless. And get some Perlick forward-seal faucets. You want the shanks to protrude into the fridge as far as possible. The mass of the shank helps keep the faucet cold. I haven't seen any stainless shanks with the welded nipples. Go for 3/16" nipple and 3/16" ID beer hose. You are going to need at least 20+ ft of beer hose as well as CO2 hose (doesn't matter what diameter) so you might as well get a big roll ?50'?
Get a 7/8" hole saw to drill the holes through the fridge. The door doesn't have any coils in it. You can put the shanks through the side, but you have to make sure therre aren't any coils there.

I forgot to add, in addition to checking at your LHBS, you can check micromatic.com and rapidswholesale.com .

You will also need to "balance" your system. This new Brewers Association book covers everything:  http://www.draughtquality.org/w/page/18182201/FrontPage
Title: Re: Questions on building a kegerator
Post by: bluesman on November 30, 2010, 10:40:40 am
I would spring for the stainless. And get some Perlick forward-seal faucets.

I agree with Tom.  I just finished my kegerator over the weekend and installed Perlick forward sealing faucets and they work great.
I am hoping to get many years of use out of them. Measure your depths for your shanks leaving plenty of room to get the nuts and nipples installed. I used 3/16" ID tubing with 6' lengths and I am getting perfect pours. I have four taps and keep the CO2 inside the kegerator.
It is such a convenience to have. I'll try posting pics tonight.

Good Luck
Title: Re: Questions on building a kegerator
Post by: bonjour on November 30, 2010, 10:56:10 am
No mater what, use a forward sealing faucet,  The others work great when in constant use, but yours will not be in constant use.
Title: Re: Questions on building a kegerator
Post by: theDarkSide on November 30, 2010, 11:11:10 am

Don't know if it matters, but I am planning on having 4 taps with an APA, an American Amber, and an English Bitter for house ales and the last tap being for whatever else catches my fancy.


Assuming you only have one tank and regulator, the only issue here is if the other style needs to be carbonated at a different volume ( i.e. Trippel ).  I have mine set at 12psi at 40F which puts me around 2.5 volumes for everything, but I can live with that.