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Old 01-19-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I have just been presented with the oppurtunity to buy this kegerator Danby® 1/2 Barrel Keg Cooler - Sam's Club at less than half the original price. It has only been used a few times and I know it works great. It comes with the CO2 compressor as well. I need to make the switch to kegs anyways. And it actually comes with an empty used half keg which i can convert to a mask tun.

My question is, can I get two 5 gallon sanke kegs in this as far as you can tell?



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Old 01-19-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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I have the same kegerator and I wouldn't get rid of it for my life. I love it! I can fit three 5 gallon corny kegs and the CO2 tank in mine without a problem. It's also nice because I can fit a 6.5 gallon fermentor in it and lager if I need to.

Well worth the money.



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Old 01-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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I really apprciate it Suthrncomfrt. I can get it for $200 from a friends father. 3 kegs would be perfect. have you altered it at all to get more taps on it? Or do you stick to 1?

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You should becable to get at least 2 5gal kegs in. More likely 3-4 will fit.

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Even if its just two that would be great. Now I will have to figure out the pressure thing. I just made the move to 10 gallons and quickyl realized I do not want to bottle 10 gallons.

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Even if its just two that would be great. Now I will have to figure out the pressure thing. I just made the move to 10 gallons and quickyl realized I do not want to bottle 10 gallons.
Ahahaha! I bottled for years and years, routinely had 20 cases at various life stages, and my pipeline was stepping along averaging 2 weeks between brew days. But I flew too close to the sun, did two double batches in successive days, then had to face the music four weeks later.

On my last day of bottling I capped 20 gallons in one shot. Over 200 bottles. And on the hottest day of 2011, with all the windows closed and A/C off so I didn't dust all those bottles with wild wee beasties.

About half way through I swore I would switch to kegging.

I started buying equipment the next day.

Now running 6 faucets, with 2 more kegs ready and another pair carbing up, and four empties to refill. I've given away a dozen cases of cleaned and sanitized bottles (still have another dozen cases for some reason). If I want to take beer somewhere I fill a growler.

My bench capper hasn't been touched in almost a year...

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Yeah man, thats what I DONT want to be doing. Filling the bottles is bad enough but I really hate capping. And then priming with dextrose can suck as well. The pumpkin porter I did is driving me nuts. One bottle is flat as can be and another is perfect. This is the first time in 4 years of brewing that its ever happened. I want to use CO2 and be done with it.

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I bottled for 2 years and after looking back, I don't why I didn't switch to kegging sooner. Well worth the money. One word of advice though, if you have the money, get the biggest CO2 tank that will fit your system. I'm still running a 5 lb tank and I hate it.

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Thanks for the heads up. I will do that. This one comes with the 5 gallon one. I may have just decided to hold off on this purchase a little longer anyways. Im in the middle of building a single tier system and Im forking out some money for that. So many projects!! I love them all.

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Same here. I can honestly say that I appreciate the beer so much better now that I keg. Bottling used to be a chore and I hated having yeast deposits in each bottle. Now my first serve from the keg is cloudy and the rest is crystal clear.

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