DIY Tap Handles

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Venari
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DIY Tap Handles

Post #1 by Venari » 3 years ago

I'm playing around with the idea of customized wood or bone/ivory tap handles for my Perlick 630SS, and have a few questions.

Is there a weight/balance limit? How heavy is too heavy? Should I get them made hollowed out so they'd be lighter?

What parts would I need to attach the customized handle to the faucet? Are they sturdy enough to hold heavy handles?
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Warthaug
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Re: DIY Tap Handles

Post #2 by Warthaug » 3 years ago

I made some a long time ago that are still kicking (but in need of an upgrade):
http://suigenerisbrewing.blogspot.ca/20 ... ndels.html

In terms of weight, there should be a little ring at the base of the tap handle you can tighten/loosen to adjust the feel of the taps; if adding a heavier handle tighten it down. I've seen people with modest sized antlers as handles & white lab tubes full of pennies and fishing luers (no idea what those would weigh; probably close to a kilo for some of them) without apparent issue.

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Venari
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Re: DIY Tap Handles

Post #3 by Venari » 3 years ago

I managed to score some tusks from a local (Walrus season now), and now I'm debating just polishing them and having them as handles the way they are, or shelling out some money for a local artist to carve something nice from them first.
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Re: DIY Tap Handles

Post #4 by Doc_Drive » 3 years ago

Awesome! Walrus Brewing in Nunavut!

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