So, as recently seen in my previous thread, I fail with rubber nipples. OBVIOUSLY
the solution was to twist them harder. Now I know! I shall not make that mistake again.
Anyway, this is the beer fridge thread. In this area, I most definitely do not fail. This fridge was left in the basement when we bought the house. "Hey, you guys want that fridge in the basement?" Hell yeah. The internal freezer compartment is just the right size for a pint glass.
There are two Nitro taps and two CO2 taps. I like to keep one stout on nitro, and on the other a big IPA (by big, I mean 7.5 % + alcohol, and 70-80 IBU).
It's a bit difficult to see in the picture, but the gas lines come into the fridge from the side, and each one terminates in a dual-outlet manifold. Each outlet has its own shutoff valve in the manifold. The fridge can hold four 5 gallon soda kegs; this gives me the ability to completely shut off a line to avoid leaks when a keg isn't connected to it (or when we're traveling).
I have the option of putting a full 1/2 barrel keg plus one 5 gallon soda keg in there. 1/2 barrel of anything is a huge amount in my house though, since it's mostly just me drinking it. The stout I have on tap has been in the fridge on draft since January 2008.
The gas lines run to a cabinet behind the fridge, where the two tanks are kept. That way they aren't taking space in the fridge, and they're at room temperature for better pressure delivery.
Once, long ago, before children, I could brew beer. I have a full all-grain half barrel DIY system in the attic ... pumps, heat exchangers, oxygenator, basically everything but automated temperature control. Lots of fun brewing. But for some reason
I have difficulty coming up with 8-9 hours of uninterrupted time nowadays for a full brew day cycle.
So, obviously this fridge is old. Real old. I can't find any documentation or identifying marks on it. It is therefore not very efficient. Also, it sits next to both the furnace and the hot water heater. So one might think it's a pretty big electricity hog ... but it's not. It hardly ever runs. The beauty of a beer fridge is that you hardly ever open it. It stays closed so even the inefficient ones are pretty efficient.
Note on the door - the door is hollow. The shanks for the beer faucets need to tighten down on something so they don't rotate freely. If you try to tighten the shank down onto a hollow door, you can guess what happens. What isn't visible in the pictures is the plastic sleeve around the shanks inside the doors. Then the big washers on either end can tighten down against the plastic sleeves and you don't crush your door. Apparently more modern fridges have a much more solid foam-type insulation blown into them and this isn't as big a deal.
There's also a better closeup of the piston tap handle, and the damage to its side skirt. With which it was running with no apparent issues.
Lastly, the quick disconnects on the beer lines are key. Absolutely key. They are not inexpensive (Beer & Gas Line Quick Disconnect - In-line W/ Shut-off Set | MoreBeer
) but without them life is hard. The lines need to be flushed out every now and then to keep crap from growing in them. Especially the faucets - the beer will dry in there and make them stick. Also, with the quick disconnects you can switch between a full keg with a sanke tap, a european keg with a "euro-sanke" tap, and a soda keg on the same faucets. So every faucet can be plumbed the same way, and every tap can be plumbed the same way, then you just connect which faucet you want to which beer source you want.