installed a beer and soda tap in my kitchen

I installed a beer and soda tap in my kitchen

Finished project: Two-tap soda and beer dispenser in my kitchen!

Because everyone loves cast iron pipe, wine barrels and most importantly – beeeeeer.
The "old" way…

I gave up 1/4 of my refrigerator to house a single keg, offering either beer or soda water up at any given time. I was tired of the mess, the hassle, the limitations, and most importantly I wanted my chiller section back.
The wall before

This is the best 'before' picture I have (had to crop out my kids) … it was just a blank wall. Important to note a kegerator or second fridge would not be very attractive or space conscious here.
Preparing the barrel

I commissioned this part. Had a very talented barrel worker refinish a 36" barrel for me with a 3.5" false back and shelving.
Placing the barrel

Because who doesn't love flip flops accenting DIY project photos.
Lining everything up and marking everything

Measure twice cut once, right? Drilled a pilot hole very carefully to make sure we weren't going to hit any ducts or plumbing in the basement ceiling.
Drilling holes in the floor

First time using a hole saw – what fun!

Hole complete.

100 feet of tubing

Getting ready to take it for a test drive before
Tubing makes its way between our ducts…

And to my awaiting kegerator in the basement.

Pushing test water up to the kitchen

Lots of vinyl

Figuring out the pieces and parts like a jig saw. This was me debating whether or not to include the shank cover

Piecing together shank, faucet and tubing

We are in business my friends…

It works. On the floor, but it works.

Hello, freshly mixed grenadine Italian soda 🙂

Time to drill more holes

Two for the tower, one big hole for the trunk line

Building my own trunk line. Two lines for beer and a looped line for the glycol to keep my beer and soda cold.

Wrapping all 4 lines in plastic wrap.

Then tin foil…

Everything begins to come together. Feeding the trunk line through the floor

And up the back of the barrel, with insulation

My biggest mistake – not having enough tubing at the top. It worked out but it was too tight for comfort

Someday I am going to oil rub the iron pipe tower.. when I washed the pieces, they rusted a bit.

Tap tower complete!

My 'dry' towers… now to put together the basement side of things

Ginger beer, Jamaican cola & grenadine – our first soda offerings

The dropped trunk line..

22 feet of line dropping ~12-14 feet from the faucet

Get it all nice and insulated…

Getting ready to drill the holes in the fridge

Putting together the disconnects and lines. The clamps are my least favorite part

Drilled holes for the glycol and beer/soda runs

Secure the tank with an old belt attached to the fridge. The last thing I need is the regulator falling over and breaking

The poor mans glycol system – reservoir with pond pump, food safe antifreeze pumping through the loop up into the tower and back

Note: I used the wrong antifreeze here. Flushed the system and went and bought the pink stuff instead. Can't be too safe!
I use the water bottles to ice bath my worth when I homebrew

It's all come together now

My basement kegerator

My next piece of the puzzle is to build a platform for the kegs – if they were 9 inches higher I could fit 4 instead of 2.
Just looking at it makes me thirsty.

My first offering on tap – a homebrewed red IPA by the campfire. Doesn't get much better than this.

Source : averagejones from Reddit