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Here is a super quick way to make/assemble a beer tap for your own bar. Disclaimer: this is not my bar i provided engineering support for a total of 20 min while the tap was constructed.

Step 1: Supplies and tools

Picture of Supplies and tools
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The assumption here is that you already have the taps and tubing and that you want a nicer way to pour the perfect beer.

With that in mind take your tap, to the local hardware store or a store that suppliers plumbing stuff. Head for the section with the large metal pipe section. You will be looking for 2" pipe connectors of different types. Firstly grab a T section with a 1" out and check that your tap will fit into it. You may need to get bigger washers to secure the tap properly.

Now start adding section together until you are happy with the look. Its important to do a test build at the store to make sure that you get all the right mating parts.

The last part you will need is the large flange at the bottom, i cant remember what is was called sorry.

You will also need a hole saw and drill. The saw should be slightly bigger than the 2" thread.

e-foo4 years ago

I really like it! I'm not all that knowledgeable, but a little feedback: That's a quite a bit of distance of room-temperature air in the pipe, which can result in a foamy pour (carbonation and warmth don't mix). Short of putting a hole in the fridge and using a computer fan to blow cold air in it.. get some insulation. Spray foam, fiberglass, even old t-shirts would be better than an open chamber. Your first pour after it sits a while will still be foamy, but you'll find following glasses to be much improved.

Second, take out one of the segments if there's still room for the glass, for the same reason. That would be less distance (and therefore warming and expansion).

Ryan MacKenzie (author)  e-foo4 years ago

Thanks for tips, Jens (the owner) already had this covered and he bought pipe insulation. The fridge is less than a meter from the tap, but as you say, there is warm beer in the line. So he just throws this.

e-foo Ryan MacKenzie4 years ago
Glad to hear that. Except for the throwing beer part. I hope to see your next instructible being the uses for foamy (and quickly flat) beer.
Let's see... simmering ribs before grilling/smoking; killing slugs; ummm... giving to the newest member of your group of friends... well, you get the idea.
Anyway, this idea is so much neater than my piece of lumber with a hole drilled through it. Thanks for the idea!