A beer tower extension is a great way to improve the functionality of your draft beer kegerator. There are many different types of beer tower extensions available, and each one offers unique benefits. Whether you're looking for a simple product that simply increases the overall height of your beer tower, or you want something more advanced that can manage multiple kegs at once, there is sure to be an option out there that fits your needs.
This guide will help you understand everything you need to know about beer tower extensions, from what they are, to how to install them, to how they can improve your kegerator's performance.
How To Use the Draft Beer Tower Extension
When you use your tower extension make sure you do the following first:
Turn off The gas
To your tap tower off first by shutting off the gas supply at your primary regulator. This can be found either inside the kegerator or on the outside.
Untap The Keg
Next, untap the keg feeding your draft beer tower. If possible put your coupler into a small bucket to catch any residual beer coming out of your beer coupler.
Add Beer Tower Extension
Slide the beer tower extension onto the top of your draft tower. Depending on what type of existing draft tower you have 1 faucet or 2 faucets draft beer towers. Will dictate what tower extension you will use. The tower extensions have included some screws and customers can install these very easily.
Reconnect All of The Hoses
and tubing to your kegerator, making sure they are tight
Turn on your kegerator and wait for it to cool down completely (should take about an hour) We are shooting for a temperature of 38 degrees before dispensing.
Once cooled, pour a glass of beer from your draft system and enjoy!
Different Variations of Beer Tower Extensions
There are two different tower extensions in the market today. One is the single Faucet Tower Extension and the other is the double tower faucet extension. Both offer the opportunity to pour more kegs if the room is allotted in the beer walk-in cooler or kegerator.
Single Faucet Tower Extension
A single faucet tower extension is a great way to improve the functionality of your draft beer kegerator. The single faucet tower extension can be used with a previous single faucet draft tower to add a second faucet to your kegerator as an offset or can be used with a dual faucet beer tower to add one more faucet for a three-tap kegerator or dispensing system
Double Faucet Tower Extension
A double faucet tower extension can replace a single faucet draft beer tower to add one more keg if you choose. Or it can be added onto a single faucet draft tower to give you a total of three faucets from your kegerator.
Keep in mind when you were adding a tower extension onto your draft kegerator that you have enough room in the kegerator to supply 2 1/6 barrel kegs or 3 1/6 barrel kegs. This will decide how many taps you can add to your tower.
The tower extensions come in shiny chrome plated color or a PVD brass whichever is best for your own kegerator at home or commercially.
Installation on Existing Tower
If you have an existing kegerator and want to add a beer tower extension, you will need the following items:
Beer lines preferably 3/16 I.D. Choke Tubing
CO2 line or Airline
Black Tap Handle or Beer Tap Handle
Here's a cool video from a wholesaler showing how to add a beer extension to your kegerator with one or two taps.
Remove the lid from the tap system
There is usually a screw or bolt in the back that hold it in place. If not you can pop the top off with a flat-head screwdriver.
Turn off the CO2 tank and set the tank aside
Now you can begin to add the tower extension. The extension will most likely come with a 2 pre-drilled holes to line up with the previous tower. If it does not, then you can place the extension where it will work with your beer tower. Keep in mind you want to faucets to be directly over your drip tray. Mark the holes with a permanent marker and drill into the tower if need be.
Next, you will need to attach the hose barb fittings to the product line. These are located on the end of the beer shank. Usually, set at 90 degrees coming off a beer shank. For Kegerators I recommend 4' of 3/16 Choke Tubing. These should fit tightly onto the lines and be secured with hose clamps 13.3. This will give you 12 lbs of restriction and you can set your primary Regulator to 12 lbs of pressure.
Connect the other end of the new product tubing to your coupler. If you are using a 1/4" SS hose nipple coming off of your coupler you may need to place the end of the choke tubing in some hot water before you slide it on. It makes it a lot easier.
After you attach the hose to the coupler use a 13.3 oetiker clamp to secure the connection.
Now if you are going from one faucet to multiple faucets you will need to T your airline coming off the primary regulator to a coupler.
I would use a 3/8 Stainless Steel T and attach the red airline to this using 15.7 Oeitker Clamp or 16. 2 Oetiker Clamp.
Finally, attach the faucet and tap handle to the beer tower extension Use a spanner or beer wrench to tighten the beer faucet to the tower extension. You may need to shuffle the faucets around to get them to fit properly over the drip tray.
Where to Purchase
The best place to purchase a beer tower extension is at a site like Micromatic.Com They have a good selection of beer tower extensions. I also recommend these guys because they are the best in the business.
Full disclosure I am an affiliate of Micromatic and will make some money if you buy from there. However, I use their products in the field on my commercial project and can guarantee you they are the best in the business when it comes to draft beer dispensing.
You can click here on the website for the different options on beer tower extensions.
Adding a beer tower extension to your draft kegerator is a great way to add an extra keg and more taps. The tower extension comes in shiny chrome plated color or a PVD brass whichever is best for your own kegerator at home or commercially. The installation on an existing tower is easy and can be done in minutes with the right tools. The beer tower extensions are available to buy here online.