I saw this draught tower on pinterest and I knew I HAD to build one.
It totally matches my style in almost every way. Black, industrial, rugged. Did I mention that BEER COMES OUT OF IT?!? They are selling them on etsy for $285 with faucets and glycol lines, but I’m the kind of guy who never wants to spend money buying something I could conceivably build it myself, so I started pricing out pieces from amazon. You can see on the tee that it’s a 2″ tee, so I designed everything else with 2″ black iron pipe.
I haven’t found prices to be significantly better at HD or Lowes vs amazon, and I like being able to get it all from one place as opposed to a bunch of different vendors so I spec’d out the first round at amazon
Adding Faucets – Deluxe
Just to go ahead and price things out fully, The “Deluxe” faucet setup would be the Perlick 630ss faucet from AIH ($39.99) with the options below.
3 1/8″ ss Shank ($19.99)
3/16 Tailpiece assembly ($6.89)
Faucet Knob ($3.99)
Total – $70.86 each / $142 for two. Beer line is cheap enough that I’m not going to worry about pricing it.
Adding Faucets – Budget
And the Budget choice would be the cheapo “chrome beer faucet” from AIH here for $13.99
And the 3 1/8 Faucet shank ($14.99)
With the options below.
3/16 Tail piece assembly ($4.10)
Total = $33 each / $66 for both It’s not the highest quality taps, but it’s a damn good price considering this economy 2 tap setup from AIH goes for 119 and is way uglier looking.
The pipe will need to be insulated from the beer lines or else you will end up serving warm beer for the first pour or so. This can be done a few ways, but the best way is to run a tube of coolant up into each of the towers and back into the fridge. Get a tiny pump to circulate fluid through that line and you won’t have to worry about the beer warming up. Some people do something similar with a fan and a tube to blow cool air in place of water.
I don’t know how deep the street elbows are, so there is a small chance that the shank will need to be shorter. Feel free to buy the pipe first and then measure the internal clearance. If the 3 1/8 Shank is too small, then this stainless steel column shank 90 degree assembly ($30) should be perfect. This is the Budget version of the same piece – Chrome column shank 90 degree assembly ($14)
Lastly, none of the pipe connections need to be SUPER TIGHT as they don’t need to be water tight. If you are having trouble getting them to line up, a few wraps of teflon tape on the male threads may fix it.