If you are lucky enough to have a homebrewing supply store near you, chances are good that they'll have all of the taps and associated parts readily available for purchase. If not, try looking for a restaurant supply store as they normally carry a vast variety of commercial and small system components. If that fails, there's always the internet. ;-)
Please be kind as this is my first instructable :-)
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- A box or small chest to attach the taps to
(I found this one at Target; http://www.target.com/Decorative-Storage-Box/dp/B0043E2Q7O/ref=sc_qi_detailbutton)
- Two (2) Tap faucet and shank assemblies
- Two (2) Tap Handles - Your choice of style
- Two (2) Beer Hose Nipples (your choice on ID, depends on what beer tubing you are using)
- Two (2) Beer Wing Nuts
- Two (2) Rubber Washers
- Four (4) Hose Clamps (your choice of type, I used plastic pinch clamps)
- Two (2) Lengths of polyvinyl tubing (matching the ID of the hose nipples)
- Two (2) Corny Keg Quick Disconnects (choose either ball lock or pin lock depending on your kegs)
- Drill (preferably drill press but handheld will work too)
- Small drill bit for pilot holes (I used a 3/16 bit)
- Hole saw for the OD of your tap's shank (mine was 1")
- A few old towels (to lay the box on while working on it)
I acquired all of the kegging hardware shown in the pictures from a local company called Rochester Store Fixture here in Rochester, NY. Their website looks shady but they do have a PDF version of their beverage catalog and they do ship orders. Check them out at (http://www.rochesterstorefixture.com/beveragecatalog.html)
Step 2: Safety First
Step 3: Plan Your Tap Locations
- Leave enough room between the taps so they don't appear "crowded"
- Mount the shank high enough so the "Beer Wing Nut" can spin unimpeded
- Don't make the hole too close to the edge of the box or you'll risk cracking it
- Take into account the thickness of the base when making your calculations
Step 4: Drill the Pilot Holes
Notice the use of the rubber band in the third picture. This will help keep the box closed during the drilling.
Step 5: Drill the Big Hole
Step 6: Repeat the Process on the Back of the Box
NOTE: I used the same size as the front of the box which ended up being too small. I will be widening them out later on so that I can pass the beer wing nut through them without having to disassemble the tubing every time in order to clean them.
Step 7: Attach the Taps
Step 8: Finish the Plumbing
Step 9: Mounting Options
Thanks for looking and best of luck for those trying to follow my first instructable!