Shanks for Beer, Wine & Cider
The shank creates a stable mounting place for the faucet. It is the transition point between the beer line and the faucet. Shanks come in a variety of lengths. The shank is an excellent conductor of cold between where the beer is stored and the faucet. However it is important a shank does not go through thick walls where the beer would be allowed to warm up.
Straight Shank –Requires additional fittings to connect beer line: hex nut (874), tailpiece (related to hose being used), neoprene washer (759) and clamp (related to hose being used).
Nipple Shank – Built-in tailpiece for easy beer line connection, only a clamp required.
Shank with Bent Tube – Utilizes elongated 1/4” OD tube extending down through tower into kegerator. Threaded fitting on end allows for easy connection with hex nut and tailpiece inside kegerator.
Chrome Plated Brass – Traditionally in the U.S. most plumbing and liquid flow fittings have been brass with chrome plating. Shanks made of brass are economical in installations. Use for beer only.
Stainless Stell – Stainless steel has been the primary material of choice in many parts of the world for years; it is an excellent material for maintaining product purity and for long-term durability in installations. Use for beer, wine, and cider applications.
Lexan – Plastic is good for cider and wine applications, but never for beer.
Bores – The drilled hole in the center of the shank the beer passes through is referred to as the “bore.” Most beer shanks are available with either 3/16” I.D. (inside diameter) bore or 1/4” I.D. bore.