Colour-coded manifold

 

I realise that for many this will be stating the bleeding obvious, but I have to admit that it took me a month or two to get around to making this 1 minute enhancement!

The problem arises from the fact that beer and gas lines don’t like going around sharp corners, and John Guest style fittings don’t like being stressed laterally (slow leaks result).  The upshot is that lines tend to be a little longer to make slow curves and mine plunge down into the deep recesses of the keezer.  Combine this with the reality of numerous identical gas lines (which unlike beer don’t get coloured by the presence of the beer style inside them) and that often kegs are swapped in and out while others are still in use, and you easily end up with a bit of a braided bird’s nest of anonymous tubes running here and there.

The simple solution is to put a ring of electrical tape at the gas disconnect end and a corresponding tab on the manifold.  Beer lines don’t need any treatment as they sit on top and are really obvious where they go.

Now when a keg is exhausted it’s really easy to look at the keg and think “turn off red”.  Or slot a new keg in, grab any old gas line, hook it up and flip the appropriate valve on the manifold.  I honestly don’t know why this wasn’t done earlier – I’m astounded by my own apparent laziness!

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