The success of any big hobby project is really made in the planning. This beer fridge is absolutely no exception. In the planning stages of the restoration/upgrading of my beer fridge, I had made a point to increase the usability and versatility of it, by means of jumpers. A jumper would essentially be a gas or beer line having one quick disconnect end and any other various fittings for Sankey couplers [different breweries sometimes use different coupler styles] or cornelius kegs. Many benefits come from making the jumpers: I can utilize any combination of three kegs styles, I can save time by but having not having to disconnect tubes, barbs and clamps, I can save money by only making them when I need them, and the biggest benefit is that when I make a jockey box, the jumpers will be interchangeable. I could use the same primary regulator, couplers and ball-lock disconnects.
In what is sure to be one of the last “work-in-progress” posts about my beer fridge, I finally take my fridge from only a ‘fermentation control chamber’ to a bone fide server. Despite an order snafu by Morebeer, the latest parts to arrive included plain, black tap handles, beer-out and gas-in ball-lock disconnects (for cornelius kegs), beer/gas line quick-disconnects and, unexpectedly, a keg! [They had told me the kegs were backordered, and were canceling it from the order].
Look at this grip of small awesomeness.
The completed two-head tower. Black tap handles are generic and boring, but commercial tap handles can be crazy expensive.
Kegged homebrew, between end of fermentation and serving, needs to be under around 15 PSI of gas pressure for a few days, in a process called force-carbonation. These lines have ball-lock disconnects for the two force-carbonation lines.
My first two jumper lines are for the “gas-in” disconnects. The bucket in the background is for moisture control.
Two lines, ready for serving. The left line is has a Sankey type “D” coupler for most commercial kegs, and the right is for corny (homebrew) kegs.
I then connected a corny keg full of sanitizer and ran it through the lines.
Good thing I had my magical mystery beer to fill the keg.