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)
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
A. Beer faucet*
B. Black tap handle
C. Liquid input shanks*
D. Drain plug*
F. Beer hex nut
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
Prior to your first use, you should run a cleaner through the coils to remove any debris left behind by the manufacturing process. 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.
Hook your jockey box up to any outdoor garden hose spigot with our Flush-out Hose. Attach the garden hose female fitting to any standard water faucet, and the winged beer nut end, for easy wrench-free installation, on the liquid input shanks (C).
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 to 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
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. Repressureize to 12-14 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).
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.
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.
Store dry. 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.