Balancing Act

How to Install a Custom Tap Handle on a Hopsy SUB System

So you purchased a Hopsy Beer Club kit and are anxious to receive it. You went as far as to order a customized tap handle from Etsy with your name on it. Alas, the Hopsy kit arrives but to your dismay, your custom tap handle does not screw onto the Hopsy SUB counter top kegerator! What to do?!

The SUB system tap handle.
The SUB system tap handle with built-in thread.

Unlike a traditional standard tap and faucet system, the SUB system tap handle has an integrated screw that then screws INTO the faucet assembly instead of the reverse, where the screw is on the faucet and the tap handle is screwed ONTO it.

To solve this problem, you’ll need to find a bolt with thread size that fits
the handle screw socket on both the SUB system’s and a standard tap handle. Kinda like a double-ended dild… well you know what I mean.

The correct thread pitch is 1.5 mm and the correct thread length is 30 mm. So a metric M10 x 1.5 x 30 bolt, or an Imperial equivalent, would work just fine. You can find this bolt for super cheap in the hardware department at your local hardware store of choice.

I was able to find the perfect bolt by pure serendipity in my tool box at work that not only fits both the SUB system and my tap handle of choice, but the thread length is also a near match to for a near perfect installation! I had to use a washer so the tap handle is oriented correctly.

Because it is a bolt and I only needed the thread length, I had to saw off the head with a rotary cutting tool fitted with a metal cutting rotary saw attachment.

Sawed off M10 x 1.5 x 30 bolt.
An M10 x 1.5 x 30 bolt with its head sawed off.

I took the sawed off thread length, screwed it into the SUB system tap and then screwed on my cool Alaska Brewing, Co. Summer Ale orca tap handle onto the other end of the thread length sticking out of the SUB system’s tap.

The M10 x 1.5 x 30 bolt screwed into the SUB tap handle.
The M10 x 1.5 x 30 bolt screwed into the SUB tap handle.
The custom tap handle locking collar screwed onto the sawed off end of the M10 x 1.5 x 30 bolt.
The custom tap handle locking collar screwed onto the sawed off end of the M10 x 1.5 x 30 bolt. Some tap handles have this collar integrated into the handle itself.

Straight installation proved to be unsatisfactory as the orca handle was not centered properly.

Crappy tap handle orientation.
Tap handle not centered correctly.

To address this, I sandwiched an SAE 5/16″ washer between the handle and its removable handle collar. Some tap handles have the collar integrated into the base of the handle itself. If this is the case and you’ve come across an uncentered tap, you’ll need find a smaller width washer with 10 mm hole diameter to sandwich between the joint where the tap handle meets the SUB.

SAE 5/16" metal washer placed between the tap handle and the collar.
SAE 5/16″ metal washer placed between the tap handle and the collar.
Voila!
Voila!

And there you have it, Hopsy SUB system with tap handle of your choice!

Tap handle oriented correctly and ready for use.
Tap handle oriented correctly and ready for use.

Consideration

When installing a custom tap handle, take into consideration on the size of the base of the handle. If it is too big or bulky, it can interfere with the SUB’s faucet lid. The Alaskan Brewing, Co. Summer Ale handle is just the perfect size, although I still need to push the handle slightly to the right to be able to completely open the faucet lid. If you don’t mind maneuvering the TORP tube through the tap with a partially opened faucet lid, then you can use whatever tap handle you’d like.

Get On the Hopsy Train!

If you do not own a SUB mini kegerator and want in on the action, use the following link to get the SUB practically for free. $60.00 will get you a SUB mini kegerator, two beer TORPs of your choice and two limited edition Hopsy beer glasses. Use the link below and select a Hopsy location that is closest to your residence (San Francisco, New York, Chicago and San Diego) to check if they deliver to your area. You get the SUB system practically for free, I get credit towards a beer box for the referral. Cool? Cool.

Get your Hopsy starter pack and SUB mini kegerator for $60!*

*Limited time offer, offer may change at any time. Be sure to read the fine print and beer delivery commitment requirement.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.