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Coils vs Cold Plates

Coils vs Cold Plates

We manufacture all of our jockey boxes with stainless steel coils. We do this because stainless steel coils offer proven advantages over cold plates.

Type  SS Coil Cold Plate Advantage
Weight (each) 4 pounds 11 pounds Coil
Keg Temperature Room Temp Below 55ºf Coil
Ice/Water Ratio Ice and Water Ice only (drain plug stays open) Coil
Temperature exchange Excellent Average Coil
Surface area (SS tubing) 50' 11' Coil
Application High volume Low volume Coil
Connections Direct. Stainless coil to shank Vinyl tubing Coil



Some people wonder why we use 50’ coils per draft line—instead of the old-school notion that coils should be 120’.

A 50' coil holds approximately 17 oz of liquid—enough for more than a full pint. Our jockey boxes are designed so that there is no diameter or temperature change (filled properly with ice) from the moment your beer enters the coils.

It’s not uncommon for folks to blame shorter coil length rather than acknowledge a poorly designed and built jockey box.

For a full explanation, read our blog post, 50' vs. 120': Does coil length matter?


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