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southern exposures
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Username: Southernexposures

Post Number: 2
Registered: 03-2006
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Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 10:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey, I use mini-kegs for travel, camping parties, etc, and have seen the Tote-a-keg ads for a cooler for the mini-kegs. However, the website seems to be down and I can't find anyone that has one or has any info on the coolers. Does anyone here have one of the coolers? Anyone know what the connections are inside the cooler? Pics of the hardware so I can build my own? Any help would be appreciated.
Drew
 

Bob Boufford
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Post Number: 319
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 06:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Drew,

Google "tote a keg" and you will find some references including the bigger ones at More Beer. I found this link for a DIY system, http://www.geocities.com/barleypopmaker/draftbox.html It looks like a mod of the Philtap to a faucet and an extension of the CO2 line to the outside.
 

southern exposures
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Username: Southernexposures

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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 01:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks! That's pretty much what I was thinking of doing. but I was hoping someone had rigged something without usung a PhilTap.
Drew
 

Dan Listermann
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Post Number: 2655
Registered: 03-2004
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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 01:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Southern Exposure, I make the Philtaps. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about them.

Dan Listermann

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southern exposures
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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 02:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dan,
I have a Philtap and love it. No questions or concerns about it, just don't want to tie it up in a cooler all the time. What I really want to do is have a 3 or 4 mini-keg cooler setup to take on car camping trips, soccer games, parties, etc. 4 philtaps would be great, but a bit more than I want to spend.
 

Bob Boufford
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Post Number: 320
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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 02:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Drew,

I assume you don't want to hack up your existing PhilTap or you are using a Party Star tap.

How about the replacement body and dip tube for the discontinued Flexi-tap from Williams Brewing? http://www.williamsbrewing.com/FLEXI-TAP_REPLACEMENT_BODY_P1019C123.cfm (Assuming they are still in stock)

By the picture of the body, it looks like you just need to adapt the CO2 inlet.

If you do use a PhilTap, you don't have to mangle the CO2 valve like described in the article I found. A bicycle floor pump hose for Schraeder valves (not Presta) or truck/RV tire extensions should do the trick.

I see the makings of a mini-keg beer fridge using a compact dorm fridge...
 

Dan Listermann
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Post Number: 2656
Registered: 03-2004
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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 03:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I happen to have a Flexi-tap. It might be able to be made to work. Adapting a CO2 source would be easy and there should be a way to work out the spout ( it would consume a lot of horizontal space.) My biggest concern is that the dip tube is only 0.506 in diameter. When we first produced the Philtap, the brown bungs were available. They were great in that they had lip seals. The Philtap had a 0.500 diameter dip tube and sealed perfectly. The brown bungs are no longer available. The gray bungs do not have lip seals and we found that our tap frequently leaked with them. We added a 0.531 sleeve to the sealing area of the dip tube to take care of this problem. I am afraid that the Flexi-tap would leak CO2 with that diameter dip tube.

Dan

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southern exposures
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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 03:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I do have a PhilTap, and all you have to do is remove the valvecore. This will allow you to run a gas line into the Philtap without anything more than a hoseclamp and tubing. Connect this to a Schrader valve on the outside of the cooler and you have your gas. But like I said, I am trying to come up with a way to not use the PhilTap do to the price for multiple keg setups. The Flexi-Tap body might be that solution. Thanks!
Drew
And yeah, the dorm fridge mini-keg bar has crossed my mind. 6 beers on tap in a minifridge and getting the old fridge down to the basement to use for lagering instead of serving would make the woman of the house happy.
 

southern exposures
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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 03:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Damn. Well, I guess that might not work after all. Thanks for the info Dan. Hmmm,,,have to think about this a bit more.
Drew
 

Bob Boufford
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Post Number: 321
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 11:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Drew,

Just spring for more PhilTaps. Dan might be able to give you a special order quote on just the bare taps without the tubing, wooden stand, cobra head and CO2 dispenser.