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NuggetSA

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Snap taps are wonderful things - cheap, easy to clean and easy to use and regulate flow. However...

It's been said on here before but I just thought I'd reiterate a danger of snap taps. If the tap is facing outwards rather than inwards, there is a really good chance the fridge door will push on the tap. I just cleaned up a whole lot of brewing stout from my fridge and floor... a very sticky stout. A really nice bubbly happy brew. Hope someone else can learn from my idiocy.

Going to go and have a cry into my last Guinness from Sunday now :wacko:
 

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What's a snap tap?



EDIT: OK, jusst google imaged it. All pictures have the tap facing inward. Why would you turn it around?

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Not sure why you had the tap facing the other way, but are you sure it was the fridge door pushing it?

I tried a snap tap on my last brew, it's the last time I'm using one.
They don't seal very well, I had to put a small plastic container under the outlet to catch the drips.
That was after I noticed my brew on the floor of my fridge. :(

Back to the originals.
 

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I'd taken some other stuff out of the fridge earlier and must have knocked it around, otherwise no idea, just was :blink: Definitely the door, it actually hadn't closed fully which is the only reason I still have a couple of litres left as I noticed and went back to check.

Yeah don't think I'll use it again although never had an issue with drips (just a bloody beer tidal-wave...)

Not a serious bitch, just thought it funny in a sad waste of beery way :p
 

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I like them because I find them much easier to clean. Just unscrew the snap section.
 

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EDIT: OK, jusst google imaged it. All pictures have the tap facing inward. Why would you turn it around?
I dont use one for brewing because my bottling tube thingy doesnt fit; BUT I do use them on my water containers when camping and always flick them around the opposite way as they are far easier to opperate by pushing them down with a finger and gives beeter control over flow.
 

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I got a box of them from a camping shop closing down a few years ago paid like $1.50 each :)

When I bottle with them I do turn the tap around for that reason however this one was unintentional...
 

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Komodo said:
I dont use one for brewing because my bottling tube thingy doesnt fit; BUT I do use them on my water containers when camping and always flick them around the opposite way as they are far easier to opperate by pushing them down with a finger and gives beeter control over flow.
The bottling tube doesn't fit, but a "little bottler" is exactly the right size to fit the nozzle. So since I don't bottle I cut a few cm of plastic tube and that goes in the nozzle and then the racking tube can fit over the pipe
 

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My bottling tube didn't fit either, but it figured it was close enough so I just jam it in there. It does fit :D
 

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treefiddy said:
My bottling tube didn't fit either, but it figured it was close enough so I just jam it in there. It does fit :D
...this comment just begs a "that's what she said." But I would never stoop that low.
 

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Stux said:
The bottling tube doesn't fit, but a "little bottler" is exactly the right size to fit the nozzle. So since I don't bottle I cut a few cm of plastic tube and that goes in the nozzle and then the racking tube can fit over the pipe
These days I just jam 1/2" silicon hose OVER the snap tap. The flow rate is fantastic :)
 

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+1 on the silicone hose with the snap facing inwards. lil bit of a drip but at least they don't twist like the standard bunnings jerrycan spigots which drove me nutty everytime I used them
 

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Stux said:
These days I just jam 1/2" silicon hose OVER the snap tap. The flow rate is fantastic :)
but how does She feel about that?
 

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Well it's only half inch so shouldn't be much complaining at all ;)
 

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