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Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |04 Dec 2018|, 14:35
by Patrickivan
I've finally done it. I bought a wine fridge large enough to house 2 kegs and my Co2 tank (if I want).

And I built a draught tower (because I find most to be incredibly bland).

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The faucets (Intertap), shanks, lines, et c, will be delivered by Friday, and I hope to get it together this weekend.

I will be fastening a heavy wood "counter" to the top of the fridge, and the tower will be bolted to that. The thing tower is almost 30lbs in metal, so it needs something stronger that the fridge. Plus the wood top will make it look nicer. I do wood work, so that's no issue.

The inside has a constant on light, that I intend to swap out for a nice cool blue LED.

Hopefully I can do this without screwing up the entire fridge.

And props when due, OBK came through with fixing my screwed up order.

Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |04 Dec 2018|, 20:03
by brhenrio
I think it will look good. Have you looked at running glycol up the tower or a fan directed up to circulate air?

Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |05 Dec 2018|, 08:57
by Patrickivan
brhenrio wrote:
<span title="|04 Dec 2018|, 20:03">1 month ago</span>
I think it will look good. Have you looked at running glycol up the tower or a fan directed up to circulate air?

I haven't looked up glycol. I was seriously considering a small blower fan (similar design to a washroom exhaust fan. The kind that looks like a sea shell), and run it off the compressor power circuit.

My primary concern with it being metal, is potential for condensation in warm humid weather. So I needs to be insulated, and I'm stymied at how to do that on the elbows, and still have access to the lines if needed. Maybe put in a larger diameter tube as best I can, and spray between that tube and the inside wall of the tower with expanding foam. That'll leave room to pull out the beer line as needed...

Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |06 Dec 2018|, 02:44
by brhenrio
I have seen lots of small computer fans used to circulate air for draught towers on other forms.

Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |06 Dec 2018|, 09:07
by Patrickivan
My HVAC buddy is onside with having a combination of the lines running through copper tubes, some air space for a fan to blow cool air, and insulation along the inside of the tower...

So I'm going to have the lines in copper. PVC tubing over that, and insulation in between the tower and the pvc. And the blower forcing cool air into the tower.

Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |07 Dec 2018|, 16:50
by brhenrio
Sounds like a good plan.

Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |12 Dec 2018|, 09:48
by Patrickivan
Almost there. Got all the equipment. The top is stained and sealed. Time to drill some holes today...

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Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |12 Dec 2018|, 15:39
by brhenrio
Looks good

Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |14 Dec 2018|, 20:55
by Patrickivan
Pretty much done. The PVC tube is wedged into a flange that's perfectly snugged into the hole in the fridge.

Still need to run up a cooling hose, but I'm done for today.

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Re: Kegerator Draft Tower

Posted: |17 Dec 2018|, 11:00
by Patrickivan
Two carriage bolts for tap handles... They work well enough. :cheers:

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