Jockey Box – Complete

After a couple of weeks sitting on the shelf, I finally got the push I needed to finish off the plumbing on the jockey box and give it a bit of a test run.

The cold plate I have is a seven pass plate. I opted for a single pass per tap to try and keep the serving pressure down so that kegs wouldn’t be overcarbonated. I had some flare nuts in my goodie box so I used those for the connections to the cold plate. Two feet of beer line between the pass through shanks and the cold plate and two more feet of beer line between the cold plate and the taps completed the internal plumbing. I used four foot lines to connect the kegs to the jockey box. That should be long enough to keep the kegs out of the way.

With everything in place, I tested the system with Star San, pushed with compressed air at 30 PSI. As it turns out, my older chrome plated faucet wouldn’t seal properly to the shank, even with a new gasket, so I ended up installing a Perlick 525SS in its place.

Time for the final test – time to pour some beer. With two bags of ice around and over the cold plate, and CO2 regulator set at 12 PSI, the beer poured wonderfully. The pint glass was full within 10 to 12 seconds with no excess foaming, bringing a room temperature keg (66 Fahrenheit) down to a respectable 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

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