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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!