Create a Professional Tap List

By: Matt Ault

What you need:
• Amazon Fire TV Stick OR Raspberry Pi
• Computer Monitor OR Hdmi capable TV
• Possible HDMI Cable
• 1-2 Beers, for moral support
• About 30 minutes
We all try to make the best beer we can. Sometimes, some of us more often than others, we come pretty close to a professional product and we should strive to share that product in the best manner that we can so that we continue to be good stewards in homebrew.

Last year, I hosted a couple of club events and fielded a lot of questions about my Tap List / Display set-up, seen below. Because of this I have written up a step-by-step guide on how built my system for very little $$$.

NOTE – I use RaspberryPi and Taplist.IO for my display. There are other computer/display systems you can use and there are other tap list providers out there as well. While there is a fee I do think that lack of code writing, customer support and versatility for other platforms such as Amazon Fire TV make it work the small annual cost.

What is RaspberryPI? If you are not already familiar, I would check out this link to use Fire TV instead:

Step 1: Install Chromium

Paste the following commands into your Pi:
wget -qO – | sudo aptkey add –
echo “deb jessie main” | sudo tee -a
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser -y

Step 2: Configure To Auto Launch

Once Chromium is installed, we’ll configure the RaspberryPI to automatically load the display page on launch. Copy and paste the following commands into your pi to create a new launcher script:
mkdir -p ~/.config/autostart
cat < ~/.config/autostart/taplistio.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/bin/chromium-browser –noerrdialogs –disable-session-crashed-bubble –disable infobars –kiosk
Comment=Start TaplistIO

Step 3: Reboot & Pair Your Display

Confirm everything worked by restarting your Pi. Shortly after startup, you should see the browser load. The first time loads, you will see a pairing screen similar to the screenshot here. This pairing process securely links your new
display to your account. Using your mobile phone, laptop, or any other device, visit the activation page and enter the code shown on screen.

That’s It!
You don’t have to do anything else once your device has been successfully paired! You should now see your taps on screen. The display is designed to be “set it and forget”

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