How To Install Beer Tap In Home Bar: A Comprehensive Guide

How To Install Beer Tap In Home Bar: A Comprehensive Guide

How To Install Beer Tap In Home Bar: A Comprehensive Guide

So, here’s the thing. We all like to grab a beer with the boys every now and then, but for those of us that have the room and the money to afford a bar, you can bring your friends in your own home and save money while having a more intimate experience.

Throughout this article, we’ll be attempting to explain how to install beer tap in home bar, and by the end of it, you’ll hopefully know everything you need to get to work.

So, by now we assume that you’ve already built your bar, so we won’t be discussing the building process, just what you should do in order to add your desired beer tap. We’ll be talking about power tools, refrigeration and more.

Before we start, make sure that you take all safety precautions when doing DIY projects and that you have access to a minimum of tools.

By the end of the article, you’ll have a fully functional beer tap to go with your cocktail set and just blow everyone’s minds away.

Why You Should Go For DIY 

The project itself would be rewarding, so props to you for taking the initiative. Every beer “connoisseur” will appreciate authentic draft beers over anything else, and controlling every factor that’s going to affect the quality of your beverage will allow you to drink the perfect daft any day, every day.

How to Install Beer Tap In Home Bar: The Basics 

First off, you need to plan the whole thing. Sketch out or imagine where the tap and all of the necessary components would fit in your current bar setup. The basic parts of a beer tap are the following:

  • The keg, in which the beer is stored
  • A CO2 gas tank, for pressure, allowing the bear to flow from the keg
  • A regulator, to set the ideal pressure on the CO2 tank
  • A line that connects the beer to the faucet
  • The tap itself
  • A handle for controlling the beer flow (or faucet, but it’s more shaped like a handle)
  • Means of refrigerating the whole contraption

The beer needs to be kept cool (ideally), so the keg would have to be placed inside a refrigeration unit. You’ll have to do some drilling if you want to get the DIY experience.

First Connections 

The way this works—the gas tank will pump gas into the keg and beer will flow from the keg to the tap—is a pretty easy concept. So, you have to connect the tank, keg, and tap using tubing.

Some tips on tubing:

  • Use clear hoses for the beer keg and colored hoses for the gas tank, so that it’s easy to identify them
  • Make sure that you use foam on the gas tank after installing, to determine if there are any sort of leaks
  • Don’t go too expensive when choosing tubes and hoses if you don’t have a lot of distance between your components

Drilling Holes 

You’ll have to drill holes in the refrigerator for the tubes to enter and exit. While there’s no need for the gas tank to be refrigerated, the keg should stay cool.

In order to do this, make sure that you go with an inexpensive refrigerator, as it’s going to be cost-efficient and easier to drill through.

Take your safety precautions and don’t stress too much over how big the holes should be – you can use silicone or foams to cover the excess space, and the mess won’t matter because the fridge should be out of sight.

If you drill the holes very close to the hose’s actual size, make sure that the edges of the fridge aren’t sharp, so that it won’t cut through the tubes, making a mess and potentially putting your life in danger, as CO2 is a lethal gas when in high doses.

How To Install Beer Tap In Home Bar: Putting Everything Together 

After you drill all of your holes, make sure that you adjust all of your hose sizes so that they don’t lay around, waiting for someone to trip over them. You can mask them in the bar’s frames for bonus design points. Zip ties are great for hose management so make sure to grab some at your local hardware store.

  • Connect the regulator to the gas tank to monitor and adjust the pressure level, to achieve your desired result.
  • Assemble your tap and set it up on the bar (you can drill holes in the bar to run the hose through if you think that’s a good idea, although it might create a choke point, inhibiting beer flow)
  • Make sure that you have constant power flowing to your refrigerating device – use an extension cord or install another outlet (although that’s going to be a hassle if you’re not too handy)
  • Run the gas tank through the keg
  • Run the beer line from the keg to the tap
  • Check everything for leaks, stop pressure and mend the damage if you find anything wrong
  • Good job, you’re set!

When researching how to install beer tap in-home bar, you should first ask yourself if it’s worth it. As a DIY project, it’s not that hard, but it would still be harder than just purchasing a kegerator (a pre-installed keg-refrigerator-tap combo).

Make sure that you keep budget lower than the actual cost and don’t hire a contractor unless you really need to.

Shopping List:

  • Tools – drill with multiple heads (you should find one at your local hardware store, just explain what it’s for and the vendor will set you up with something tailored to your needs)
  • Hoses – as previously stated, cheap is fine, keep the cost of the project as low as possible.
  • The beer tap components – make sure that you don’t go too crazy with your spendings. You can find a cheap tap, and you can even go with a used CO2 tank and regulator
  • Tongs or pliers will be great for adjusting the hose length, so get some if you don’t already own a pair
  • Zip ties are pretty good at keeping things tidy or at securing hoses to the keg and tank, and they’re very inexpensive

Choose a refrigerating unit that will easily fit a keg—a box or mini fridge should work fine. We hope this project will be a fun one and that you’ll enjoy a nice cold draft and an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. Good luck!

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