How to set up a Jockey Box

How to set up a Jockey Box

While our jockey boxes are available in a variety of styles, the internal components we use to manufacture them are all the same. The model shown below may be different than the one you purchased, but the applications transfer.

PARTS NEEDED (sold separately)

  1. Jockey box
  2. Dispensing Kit
  3. CO2 Tank

Note re. universal threads: All of our jockey boxes use the industry standard thread, 7/8"-14 (5/8" BSP). It’s the same thread that is used on standard keg couplers and tailpieces and hex nuts. If you have existing jockey box bever jumper tubing, they will fit our jockey boxes.

Getting to know your jockey box

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A. Beer faucet*
B. Black tap handle
C. Liquid input shanks*
D. Drain plug*
E. Coil*
F. Beer hex nut
G. Ferrule*
H. Grommet

Dispensing Kits - Sold separately
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I. CO2 tank
J. CO2 regulator
K. CO2 air line
L. CO2 Manifold
M. Beverage jumpers*
N. Beer coupler (Sankey 'D')*
O. Beer washer
P. Hose clamp

*manufactured with stainless steel

    CLEANING AND RINSING detailed instructions

    Prior to your first use, you should run an alkaline cleaner through the coils to remove any debris left behind by the manufacturing process, then flush with hot water. We recommend PBW from Five Star.

    After cleaning (and each use), sanitize the coils with a rinse-free sanitizer like Star San or an iodine solution. These solutions can be forced through the coils using a hand pump or pressurized keg. Visit the cleaning solution manufacturer’s website for proper mixing ratios and chemical safety tips.

    EASY RINSING

    Hook your jockey box up to any outdoor garden hose spigot with our Flush-out Hose. End one has a standard garden hose fitting and end two has a winged beer nut that attaches easily to the liquid input shanks (C).

    SET-UP INSTRUCTIONS

    IMPORTANT: Do not add ice until your jockey box is completely setup. Place your jockey box in the desired location prior to adding ice. Common sense will tell you that it will be heavier to move after you’ve filled it with ice. Also, coils run the risk of freezing the lines if rinse water isn’t flushed out first.

    STEP 1: ATTACH FAUCETS

    Attach each faucet (A) and tighten using the faucet wrench (included). 

    STEP 2: CHECK CONNECTIONS

    Holding the shanks in place, use a wrench to make sure the beer hex nuts (F) are secure. They can loosen over time, especially during travel.

    STEP 3: ATTACH BEVERAGE LINES

    Attach the 90º end of a beverage jumper (M) to a liquid input shank (C) on your jockey box. Attach the other end to a coupler (N). Make sure to use a beer washer (O) between each connection.

    STEP 4: ASSEMBLE CO2 LINES

    Using the supplied hose clamps (P), attach one end of a CO2 line (K) to the regulator (J) and the other end to the input on the CO2 manifold (L). Connect air lines (K) on the output side of the manifold (L) to the CO2 input on the couplers (N).

    STEP 5: ATTACH REGULATOR

    Attach your regulator (J) to your CO2 tank (I), and tighten down with a crescent wrench.

    STEP 6: CONNECT COUPLER

    Make sure all of the faucets (A) are completely closed. Twist your couplers (N) onto your kegs and engage the coupler lever by pulling out on the handle (to unlock) and pushing down to engage. The handle will lock back in place once engaged.

    STEP 7: OPEN CO2 AND ADJUST PRESSURE

    Open your CO2 tank (I) and any necessary valves on the regulator (J) and CO2 manifold (L). Adjust the keg pressure to 25-30 PSI.

    STEP 8: FILL COILS WITH BEVERAGE

    Before adding ice, run your beverage through all coils and test for any CO2 and beverage leaks. This will also help prevent any lines from freezing by pushing out any rinse water.

    STEP 9: ADD ICE

    Fill the cooler completely full of ice. It can take 30-40 pounds of ice to completely cover the stainless steel coils on our 2 and 4-tap models. Ice capacity will vary depending on cooler model and size—the important point is to fill the cooler completely.

    STEP 10: ACCLIMATE

    Once the cooler is completely full of ice, walk away for 10-15 minutes. Maybe take a photo of your jockey box and tag us @coldbreakusa.

    The cooler needs time to acclimate. Once the entire cooler is at the same temperature, you will get a perfect pour. A good visual indication that the jockey box is ready is when condensation appears on the faucets, meaning they’re cold.

    END OF THE DAY PROCEDURES

    STEP 1: Purge

    At the end of your event, close off all CO2 valves and pull the relief valve on your CO2 coupler (N) to bleed the excess pressure in the kegs. Re-pressurize to 10-12 PSI if there is leftover beer.

    Leaving kegs at 30 PSI for an extended amount of time will over-carbonate your beer or other beverage (over 12 hrs).

    STEP 2: Flush

    Flush out the inside of the jockey box coils ASAP. Do not let beer or other beverages sit inside of the the jockey box coils when not in use.

    Detailed cleaning instructions

    STEP 3: Dump Ice

    Pro Tip: Don't use the lid as a handle. It will damage the cooler lid.

    STEP 4: Store

    Store dry. CO2 or compressed air can be used to remove any liquids left inside the coils. To keep the outside looking brand new, wipe down the outside of the cooler with a cleaner and a damp cloth.

     

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