Introduction: A Beverage Dispenser
For the lack of a better description, I decided to name this 'ible "A Beverage Dispenser". This is not an original idea as I've seen a similar one on a different site. This is just my version.
**Update#2: Adding a section explaining how to place a bottle into this contraption.
**Update #1: I got a message from 'ible member JordanB104 who has a different dispenser on his etsy. Please check out his original design. www.etsy.com/shop/manmadeformancave?ref=hdr_shop_...
There is really not that much to explain as to how to make one - the final product is self explanatory.
* a base - two wooden planks
* pipes -
***brass straight tee ( 3/4in),
***brass 1in to 3/4in reducer,
***steel 3/4in flange,
***3/4in brass female to female connector,
***5in long 3/4in threaded pipe
***3/4in garden hose faucet. (Update: the rubber in the faucet will react with alcohol turning your brew funky green. Use a stainless steal spigot).
***wine cork and 4 screws
Step 1: The Base
For the base I used a piece of scrap wood that was cut in two. A 4in hole was drilled in one of the pieces, both were glued together, routed, and sanded.
Next I slightly torched it, sanded again and put 3-4 layers of Polycrylic finish.
Step 2: The Plumbing
As I used a combination of steel and brass hardware, I wanted them all to look the same. I used metallic Gold spray paint on a steel pipe and a flange to match the color.
To plug the lower section of the pipe I used a wine cork and a bit of silicone (not shown).
The bottle cap went into the 1in reducer on the top.
Step 3: Attaching a Bottle
The question I've receive several times was 'how do you screw a bottle into a fitting?'.
As it turns out, a regular coke bottle cap can be screwed on various bottles, not just coke bottles. In my case, it worked fine with Jack, Royal, and Hennessi.
What I did was I dremmelled a hole in a bottle cap, and screwed it into a fitting. Then a bottle can easily go into a fitting.
Step 4: The Final Result
Screw all the pipes together and attach to the base.
Stick a bottle of your favorite beverage and enjoy. Please drink responsibly.
Thanks for reading!
Step 5: Troubleshooting
Based on the comments, there appears to be two issues with the design. I'd like to summarize them below.
I also would like to thank folks that contributed to the solutions by offering them in the comments section.
Problem 1 ( the biggest one): The drink will not pour.
The root cause: vacuum is created in the bottle and that prevents/restrict a liquid flow.
Solutions (there are several one of various degree of effectiveness, all are based on the premise of letting air into a bottle):
- Don't tighten the pipes, the fittings or the bottle too tight. That might cause some minor puddling of liquid around the points of contact, but it worked well for me.
- A drink pourer.
- A vacuum break. I did not work for me, but if you can get it working, please post it.
- Add a tube connected to the pour vent. Look for 'shakerj65' for explanations/pictures in the comment section
Problem 2. After several days of alcohol sitting in the bottle, the liquid comes out black/green.
The root cause: the alcohol deteriorates a rubber seal in the spigot.
- Why would you let it sit for several days? Drink it all! That, of cause, is a terrible advise and you should ignore it. The truth is I use my dispenser for decorating purposes only and don't keep any liquid in it.
- Use a stainless steel spigot (Thanks for advice, RustyE4!)
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I work in the heating/plumbing industry. Under no circumstances use steel fittings on this design. When changing the bottle, the steel will corrode and rust, contaminating your drink!! Steel fittings and pipe are not compatible with potable(drinkable) water!!
I use a ball valve. There is no rubber in it.
Do you use teflon tape on each connection? Is teflon tape safe with alcohol
Did you glue the cap in place or is it just sitting
how can i do it with a wine bottle?