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|
|Surface area (SS tubing)||50'||11'||Coil|
|Application||High volume||Low volume||Coil|
|Connections||Direct. Stainless coil to shank||Vinyl tubing||Coil|
DOES SIZE MATTER?
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?