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Beer faucet?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:09 pm
by apg4104

I'm thinking of buying some beer faucets from northern The website states that I only need:

A faucet
A beer shank
A beer shank wing nut
And a washer

Is this correct? Is this all I need? Is there anything I'm not thinking of?
I'd be boring a hole through 3/4" thick wood to get into my cooler?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:43 pm
by triple-oh_six
You also need a nipple, the wing nut will hold this on.
I prefer these though ... ith_Nipple
The nipple is welded onto the shank.
You only need this shank and the faucet.
Also, I think the hole saw size i 7/8"

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:08 pm
by GuitarLord5000
A faucet wrench is cheap and nice to have.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:13 pm
by triple-oh_six
GuitarLord5000 wrote:A faucet wrench is cheap and nice to have.


PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:26 pm
by apg4104

This is the shank I'm getting. Is the black thing the nipple your talking about?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:37 pm
by GuitarLord5000
If that faucet is a Perlick 525 or 575, be forewarned that there may be problems with the faucet teeth not matching shank teeth if your shank is chrome plated instead of stainless. ... =3&t=97472
Austin Homebrew mentions this on their site as well: ... s_id=12120
(These faucets do not fit all chrome shanks.)

For what it's worth, I picked up a 575ss and it fit my shank just fine.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:43 pm
by apg4104
yea i was worried about it not matching up, but i should be ok if I use a stainless steel faucet?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:52 pm
by GuitarLord5000
You shouldn't have any problems as long as you use a stainless shank.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:33 am
by aleguy
The nipple is what connects the back of the shank to the beer line. So NO the black thing is NOT the nipple. I personally prefer the 1/4" SS flare nipple over the hose barb style. But then I Like flare fittings for ALL my lines. Probably because I run both ball lock and pin-lock kegs and it's very easy to switch fittings out.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:17 pm
by Jerm
If I may,

The black thing goes on the outside, it is there to make it look good.

Be sure your nipple is the right size for your beer line, I suggest some tubing clamps to secure the tubing to the nipple.

In my cooler (fridge conversion) I used a 4" shank. I had to boore through the outside sheetmetal, foam insulation, then plastic intertior) I used a pilot hole i drilled from the inside out as a guide. (I wanted to preserve the use for as much self space as possible for bottle storage)

To be sure that my beer nut would not crack the thin plastic interior I used a piece of lumber to reinforce the inside. With all of this I had a perfect fit, so a 3 1/2" shank would have been too short.

I use the old backward sealing faucets, I lke the price and with a little star-san I have no problems with gunky faucets.