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Anyone know if these are for 3/16 or 1/4 inch beer line?
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    http://www.kegcowboy.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=190

    It doesn't say on the site and I want to go ahead and order asap.
  • C_BC_B
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    I think these are probably 1/4, but they'll take 3/16 beer line. At least that's what mine are I'm fairly certain.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ThymThym
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    The barb on the gas qd is 1/4, the one on the beer qd is 3/16.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    @flyfisherwes see above.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    Will they take 1/4 inch beer line? Hopefully they answer me tomorrow because I asked them but I have 1/4 inch and i can't see why bigger wouldn't be better if I can get by with it.
  • ThymThym
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    bigger has a lower pressure drop per foot, meaning you end up needing more of it for a balanced system.

    in a balanced system the pressure inside the keg is equal to the ambient pressure + the dynamic pressure drop from the beer flowing through the lines fittings and tap at a smooth pour speed.

    If you dont have enough line resistance your pours will be fast, foamy and ultimately unfulfilling.

    Using 1/4 inch lines on a 3/16 barb could either be fine (because you clamped down really well) or it will leak a bit. it's usually better to go the other way, although some line types cant be stretched enough to make that work..
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • C_BC_B
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    Just use a hose clamp. It'll be fine. A better question though, why 1/4 beer line? Seems like over kill. And you may have problems getting the system balanced.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • C_BC_B
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    Or what lake said.

    Thym
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    I don't understand "balanced system." I should read up. I will change the order to 3/16 line. How much should I get? I'm going to put in 5 taps. and the tap will be about 2 feet above the keg. I was going to get 30 feet.
  • ThymThym
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    I would buy twice that much line.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    I use 10-12 ft of line per tap 3/16. You can go shorter but id rather have a slightly slower pour than run the risk of cups o foam.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    ok good deal
  • ThymThym
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    Comparatively i have one tap that has 14 ft of 1/4 line on it.... it pours terrible. Fast and foamy.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    so use 12 feet per tap? or more? and of 3/16"
  • ThymThym
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    so use 12 feet per tap? or more? and of 3/16"



    12 is plenty @ 3/16"
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    wow... 30 bucks for 60 feet of hose.
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    is there a cheaper place to get it? like lowes?
  • ThymThym
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    is there a cheaper place to get it? like lowes?



    The cheap stuff will leech aromatics into the beer and make it taste bad
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    Lakewood said:

    is there a cheaper place to get it? like lowes?



    The cheap stuff will leech aromatics into the beer and make it taste bad


    depends if you like aromatics or not. haha. alrighty then. I know what to buy now. I'm all set.


    30 feet of CO2 line be enough?
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    and is there a cheaper place to get that?
  • ThymThym
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    Lakewood said:

    is there a cheaper place to get it? like lowes?



    The cheap stuff will leech aromatics into the beer and make it taste bad


    depends if you like aromatics or not. haha. alrighty then. I know what to buy now. I'm all set.


    30 feet of CO2 line be enough?


    length of CO2 line doesn't matter, just get enough to get from the regulator to the distribution block then from the distro to the kegs. give yourself a little slack so it's easier to attach and detach without pulling on the distro.


    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    and is there a cheaper place to get that?



    not sure, haven't really priced it in a while. it's not really a big ticket item so i just buy it in long runs from the lhbs when i need it... i have like 50 ft of each laying around right now.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • flyfisherwesflyfisherwes
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    60c a foot? will air compressor hose from lowes work?
  • ThymThym
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    60c a foot? will air compressor hose from lowes work?



    air compressor hose is usually made from rubber... smell it. if it smells like an aroma you want in your beer then go for it..

    A. it doesn't need to be high pressure.
    B. any gasses the co2 picks up from the line WILL go directly into your beer.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • C_BC_B
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    I have 12' 3/16 BevLex lines, run my kegerator around 38* and have the regulator set on 13psi. Pours on the slightly slow side. Works pretty well.

    I've heard people bitching about BevLex line leeching a plasticy taste into the beer. I haven't had that problem, but I bought Accuflex Barrier Tubing for my next build anyway. Beer line is one place you don't want to cut corners. Although, I got the Accuflex line for $40 for 100' from www.birdmanbrewing.com
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ThymThym
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    I have 12' 3/16 BevLex lines, run my kegerator around 38* and have the regulator set on 13psi. Pours on the slightly slow side. Works pretty well.

    I've heard people bitching about BevLex line leeching a plasticy taste into the beer. I haven't had that problem, but I bought Accuflex Barrier Tubing for my next build anyway. Beer line is one place you don't want to cut corners. Although, I got the Accuflex line for $40 for 100' from www.birdmanbrewing.com



    I had bought some bevlex once.. Ended up returning it due to the flavor they leeched. The lhbs was great they exchanged it for something else... Unfortunately the something else was 1/4 inch.. So istead of tasting like plastic turd water I end up with foam.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny