How to set up beer pump

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    Hi firstly I would like thank anyone that helps me in the quest to get drunk with my friends in my shed.

    This is my first post and any help will be greatly appreciated.

    I have just built a 10-10 foot shed in my garden purely to store "tools" so the wife thinks. I am wanting to build a bar in there with 1 or 2 fully working pumps probably a fosters and magners one.
    I have in my possession a load of beer and cider pumps. A couple of maxi coolers, 24v transformer, bottle of co2 and a regulator.
    The thing is I don't have a clue what I need or how to set it up.

    Is there any guides, pictures or can you guys help with with any advice with the picture attached?

    Do i need the co2?

    Why do some of the pumps have 1,2 or even 3 pipes to them?

    Once again thanks in advance.

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    looking at your cooler on the left you have a 2 line flash cooler with water re-circ.. basically means you can run 2 kegs and run a water jacket along the lines to keep them cool.. i think its called python line, but its just means you can pump cold water along side your beer line to keep it cool to stop it going off and foaming you would normally run the lines through an insulated tube like a swimming pool noodle

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    if your brewing your own beer you will need cornelius kegs and john guest fittings to connect the pipes... flash coolers work by putting the beer under pressure in the keg using co2 and that pushes the beer down the line and into the cooler... the cooler has a copper coil in an ice bath inside of it and the beer runs through the coil and is instantly chilled and then it just comes out the other end up to your tap... its very simple, the co2 will just push the beer through the lines->> cooler an when you open the tap it comes out... simple as that

    if your going to use retail kegs you will need the correct fitting for the kegs.. there are three main types... whitbread / sanky / and stella.. but you onlyu need these if you using warehouse baught kegs with comercial beer in them... if its homebrew then conelius kegs.. with ball lock connectors and john guest push fittings is all you need.... ... everything is available on ebay apart from the beer!!

    these are my kegs with fittings

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    hope that helps
     
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    Thanks godsdog I am going to be using commercial kegs so I will check if it has a compressor!!
     
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    Alcoholx that is everything I need to know Thankyou so much!! I will post on here next few weeks to let you guys know how I have done.
     
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    Keep us posted.. Always interested to see how people build there setups..

    Also I ment to say that you dont have to use the water lines.. you can just disconnect them if you want.. but IMHO its worth it.. Otherwise youl loose a bit of beer in the lines if you dont pour off for a few days.. think about the first pint pulled in the pub kinda thing
     
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    Plus one on losing a drop of beer,I haven't a maxi but have a flash cooler( much better in my humble) but overnight the beer in the lines does taint
     
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    another couple of top tips - 1. don't forget to fill the water tank up in the chiller until it runs out of the overflow point
    2. If you want to superchill you can send the beer round twice by attaching the keg to inlet 1, then attach outlet 1 to inlet 2, then outlet 2 to your tap
    3. If you are not going to use the python lines to cool the beer pump then don't forget to get a small length of tube and connect the python inlet to the python outlet or your floor will get very wet.
     

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