Introduction: Turning a Toy Into a Kegerator Bar Gun

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An inexpensive "Soda Fountain Pro" toy from Target is converted into the agoraphobic alcoholic's dream gear: a home-use Bar Gun. With two buttons on the gun, this enables you to automatically dispense any two-beverage combo.

This project requires a CO2 system - making it the perfect add-on project for someone already outfitted with a kegerator.

Dispense shots like a madman, mix drinks while you are dispensing them, or even use it for (gasp) actual soda dispensing.

This project is very, very easy - so easy, in fact, that it should probably be regulated by your state's Liquor Control Board.

Step 1: Acquire a SODA FOUNTAIN PRO

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This particular product was located in the Clearance section of the local Target. It is part of the "Wild Time Gizmos" series of fun party-oriented toys. The product was a mere $3.48 - a bargain at twice the price.

Step 2: Buy the Plumbing Fittings to Connect This to a Kegerator

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Since the Soda Fountain Pro product was designed for kids to use, there is a hand pump in the gun. In fact, this might be part of the fun for kids in using it. However, in field trials with adults and alcoholic beverages, the hand pump operation became a problem shortly after the fifth or sixth drink.

Plus, the goal is to have a bar gun - and the bartenders out at real bars don't have time to pump. So, it was clear that CO2 was the best option for driving the pump on a continous basis.

So, in order to hook up the gun to a CO2 system, you'll need the appropriate plumbing fittings to connect the small tube to the standard size CO2 air system.

I did this by purchasing a 1/4" hose barb to 1/4" female adapter and a 1/8" inch hose bard to 1/4" male plug. Cover the male fitting in teflon tape and screw it together.

Don't forget the teflon tape - it will ensure a good seal between the fittings and costs less than the CO2 gas you'd otherwise lose.

Cost for this whole lot at a respectable hardware store should run about $5-$6.

Step 3: Remove the Tube From the Hand Pump

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At the base of the gun are three clear tubes. Two of the tubes connect to the buttons and the dispensor. The middle tube connects to the hand pump.

At the base of the gun, pull the tubes apart all the way to the bottle mounting fixture. Then snip the middle tube off at the base of the gun.

Attach this tube to the 1/8" hose barp on the fitting you created in the previous step.

Step 4: Hook It Up to the Kegerator

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My kegurator's CO2 tank had a Y fitting after the regulator, which was not used in my current setup.

I attached the other end of the fitting into a length of CO2 hose and connected to this output. I used a stainless steel hose clamp as well as a plastic hose clamp.

Open the CO2 valve and we had pressure. The two liter bottles held all of the pressure in my current keg setup. It is probably worth it to make sure you use good, sturdy 2 Liter bottles.

Step 5: Prepare Your Poison

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Vodka and tonic is my drink. I bought a two liter bottle of tonic water and filled an empty two liter soda bottle with Vodka.

Take off the caps for the bottles and screw on the Soda Fountain Pro's manifold.

And there you have it.

Step 6: Drink Up.

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Press one button at a time for individual dispensing or press both buttons at once for a mixed solution.

It is a pretty quick stream of liquid - so you might want to hold on to the cup.

That's all that it took for me. Or at least all I can remember now. A warning: demonstrating this for your friends too many times may result in a nasty headache the next day.

I guess I should get to work on an aspirin dispenser.

Comments

master key (author)2009-06-17

WHERE CAN I GET A SOADA FOUANTAIN PRO!

loppy96 (author)master key2009-07-26

ebay

master key (author)loppy962009-08-17

besides ebay beacause I hate ebay

dnmonsen (author)master key2010-06-28

try to search on google

Wesley666 (author)dnmonsen2010-06-28

He said he bought it at Target didn't he?

erie94550 (author)loppy962010-04-10

 Cant find it on ebay

mtheadxc (author)2008-06-26

Update to my post from yesterday. The 3-way dental syringe that I just purchased on eBay was $14.99 and $10 for shipping. Tubing connects into the syringe via hose barbs. I can't for see and major difficulties in subbing this into Unabill's design. I'll let people know how things work out.

martin01p (author)mtheadxc2009-08-12

Sorry late response but did you ever get around to using this design? If so how did it go? I think of subing the Soda Fountain Pro for this. Thanks

mtheadxc (author)martin01p2009-08-12

I actually never got around to putting it together. I was travelling for work when I ordered it. Now I'm back to travelling, and had completely forgotten about it until now. I did however put some tubing onto the barbs and pressurize via blowing through the tube. In theory the dental syringe will work, but I think the hose barbs are too small to be effective. They are 1/8" threads x 1/16" barb. Very little flow. If 1/8" thread x 1/8" barbs can be obtained in 316SS and swapped out it might be a little bit better. As far as the look and feel of the dental syringe very cool.

Unabill (author)mtheadxc2008-07-31

How did it work? I've got a few soda fountain pros left from my conversion and am excited to hear if you were able to make the dental syringe work on the front-end.

bwpatton1 (author)2009-03-24

On the hand pump it came with, does that pump create suction or is it just an air pump? B/c if it is just an air pump than you could just attach an fish tank air pump to it and PRESTO!! you now have a soda fountain pro without the annoying hand pump

2 stroke (author)bwpatton12009-04-10

he said in step three the center tube goes to the hand pump so you can cut the middle tube and attach the fish tank air pump

TheBlackBird (author)2009-02-06

Does anyone know if these can be found anymore, because I searched everywhere and they seem to be gone.

Unabill (author)TheBlackBird2009-03-17

I have 6 or seven of the soda fountain pro's left over from my multi-headed project. Anyone interested in one of them can email me. I'd prefer to trade for something of equal value.

bwpatton1 (author)Unabill2009-03-24

Oh do you still have some of those left? I only need one.

maker12 (author)2007-12-12

pvc is toxic eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

lucek (author)maker122008-11-26

only some pvc. pex for instance isn't.

tulayozyurt (author)maker122008-10-15

but you pass potable water thru pvc

Derin (author)tulayozyurt2008-10-17

oops i left a comment with my moms account

JoeyJaroz (author)2007-11-02

Asprin Gun lol

santy22 (author)JoeyJaroz2008-09-25

you could make a aspirin-water solution, and put that in one of the tubes, so one button is the disease, and the other is the cure

mtheadxc (author)2008-06-25

For a more professional/finished look, one might consider using a 3-way dental syringe. They can be found on ebay. They're not as cheap as Soda Fountain Pro, but the aluminum handle does look nice. I'm thinking about doing this, but can't find any information on how tubing/plumbing connects into the dental syringe. Any thoughts?

Sunshy (author)2008-04-16

I can't find this product. Would it be possible to use something like a kitchen sink spray head and hose or something similar?

noahh (author)2007-08-25

I would like to try this. would the 12 gram c02 containers made for streamer guns work? take a look at: http://www.tshirtgun.com/accessories.htm

djbarista (author)noahh2008-04-01

I never knew there was a Trade show conversion on a Paintball gun, A T-SHIRT gun LMAO lol!!!!!! I need some of that.

munchman (author)2007-12-08

Where can I get one of those in Australia?

njv569 (author)2007-02-16

Hi, I am not in the usa, but want sto try this out too. How could I get hold of one of these guns.

crapflinger (author)2006-11-20

if you're worried about the co2 messing with the drinks..you could always switch it up and use windsheild washer pumps or some other small liquid pumps and hook some switches to the buttons on the "gun" good project though...always fun to "repurpose" things

binnie (author)crapflinger2007-02-09

co2 is the gas that makes them soft drinks.... but you dont mean soft drinks!

b-dog132 (author)2007-01-17

i didn't this because my friend used it on me yukk

rule001 (author)2006-10-18

thank u!! u r my god now ;)

Brett (author)2006-07-31

Unabill: I have a few questions, what'd be the easiest way for me to contact you? Thanks, Brett

Unabill (author)Brett2006-08-07

you can email me at billmoher_AT_gmail_DOT_com. I'm curious about your success with the co2 cartriges - how much can you dispense with each of these?

Brett (author)2006-07-25

Hey, This is such a great idea. In fact, I spent nearly all day running around town grabbing the parts necessary. I actually changed some of the adapters to work with my setup, using a cheap paintball CO2 canister from walmart. Works perfect.. I even went and made a case, hiding the two two-liters, and the paintball co2 canister, with a holster for the bar-gun on the side :). Thanks so much for the idea, it was a fun project. Brett

guy1985 (author)Brett2006-07-28

hey brett you were reading my mind. I wanted to use a paintball co2 canister. does it make a difference between paintball canister and a reg keg conister. i need something small and portable. I plan on putting the stuff into a backpack and carry it sounds to my softballs games. so i can drink on the go.

Brett (author)guy19852006-07-28

Not much of a difference. I had to use a few different tube sizes than listed, and two extra hose barbs. I also had to buy a.. not sure what to call it but it goes on top of the paintball canister, and you turn it, opening the flow into a tubing. I'll find the name for you and post back here. Had to go to a paintball specialty store for that. Brett

cheesy (author)2006-07-02

Anyone know where I can get one of these online?

guy1985 (author)cheesy2006-07-28

You can buy it online. at ebay.com they prices range from 2.00 to 10.00 that is not include shipping which is like 5bucks. i found four of them at the second target i visited. one of them only cost less then $2.

guy1985 (author)2006-07-25

this is a great idea it easy and cheap. and just think i was going to go out and buy some damn expensive thing. I want to buy one of these toys. anybody else know where i can get one besides target. I have already look but they don't have it.

zachninme (author)2006-07-19

Well, the CO2 will turn to carbonic acid whenever it makes contact with water (e.g. saliva), that gives soda thier "twang". However, in the example, because tonic already has CO2, the drink was probably about the same. If you are making a different mixed drink that contains something tart (e.g. lemon), there will be no difference whatsoever. Also, if you store a drink in a container with a lot of CO2, some of the CO2 will dissolve into the drink. Hope that helps

Kairos (author)2006-07-10

My real question here is how does the liquor or mixed drinks taste after they have co2 in them. I know when I threw margaritas into a soda keg, after a week or two It had a sparkling flavor to it.

Crash2108 (author)2006-07-07

So you made a drink dispencer into a drink dispencer? Very resourceful..

So you make fun of someone that converted a toy into a working product and you can't even spell dispenser? Give the guy a break, it took time and knowledge to make that.

phinch (author)2006-07-04

I got three for 4.88 at my target.

theRIAA (author)2006-06-30

what kind of exactoknife/scissors is that in step 3??

dlong_ (author)theRIAA2006-07-04

To me, they look like leaf-trimming shears. I saw a lot of shears like this when we did some work with a Japanese floral group in Houston.

http://images.google.com/images?q=bonsai+leaf-trimming+shear

They're neat for light trimming, but mine don't have any sort of latch so they always seem to get tangled in a bag whenever I try traveling with them.

Unabill (author)theRIAA2006-06-30

Those are sewing scissors - though any kind of scissors or exacto would work.

Scurl! (author)2006-07-01

fantastic......i'm going out to try and find one this weekend....now i can REALLY get the feel of being the only person in a bar after closing, drinking myself to death....i should buy a cowboy hat...or at least grow a bushy mustache.

mrbob1000 (author)2006-06-30

awsome idea

trebuchet03 (author)2006-06-30

That..... is beautiful....

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