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Old 06-01-2012, 01:31 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone! There are so many options! I think I need some kegging education.

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Old 06-01-2012, 01:56 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone! There are so many options! I think I need some kegging education.
Dude, you're gonna love it either way ya go. I also started with a cobra tap, came with the setup at my LHBS. Put it in an old fridge with zero mods and went to town. Picnic taps don't give to the best pour, but you know that, it's just like the tap on a commercial keg at a kegger party. Once I got my second keg, I have 5 now, four for beer and one for root beer for my sons (they use the cobra now), I got two Perlick 575 faucets, shanks and hardware. Midwest threw in the hole saw and I got the fridge drilled in a matter of minutes. Super simple, kinda fun, and now we always have two home-brews on tap and one or two waiting on deck.

My one suggestion, when you decide to do the kegerator (I say when cuz you will ), go for as much as you can. I'm not saying break the bank or anything, but get yourself enough faucets and kegs, etc. to keep you happy. I love my kegerator, but I'm already planning a 4 (maybe 6) tap keezer for the barroom and plan to move the two tapper to the garage (where I brew, scratch myself, grunt and do other manly things).

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Old 06-01-2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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I currently have a single keg with a picnic tap in an old fridge. I'm about to add another keg. I agree with folks who advise finding some way to store the picnic tap so it doesn't inadvertently open. I have my serving line coiled and hanging off the the keg handle. I just hook the tap over part of the coiled line. Haven't had any problems yet. Of course, one never has problems until they do.

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I recently switched to kegging a couple months ago and its so much easier. I started with two taps and then I just added a third. I recommend that if you go with a kegerator conversion that you spend a little extra and get a manifold for your gas. The manifold will allow you to force carb one keg and you can shut the gas off to the others. You wont regret the purchase of a kegging set up. Its soooooooo much easier than bottling!

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I actually can't believe I bottled for 4 years. My kitchen floor still smells like stout! Whatever route you choose you won't regret it.

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I recently switched to kegging a couple months ago and its so much easier. I started with two taps and then I just added a third. I recommend that if you go with a kegerator conversion that you spend a little extra and get a manifold for your gas. The manifold will allow you to force carb one keg and you can shut the gas off to the others. You wont regret the purchase of a kegging set up. Its soooooooo much easier than bottling!
I'm going to briefly hijack this thread for a quick question. I'm going with a manifold when I add my second keg. If I force carb one beer (say blasting for 24 hours at 30psi) with gas shut off to the other keg, do I need to purge the already carbed keg before turning the gas back on if I'm going to set the regulator to the same serving pressure as before (say 13psi)? And I lied. I have one more question. How are folks attaching their manifolds to their refrigerator?
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I'm going to briefly hijack this thread for a quick question. I'm going with a manifold when I add my second keg. If I force carb one beer (say blasting for 24 hours at 30psi) with gas shut off to the other keg, do I need to purge the already carbed keg before turning the gas back on if I'm going to set the regulator to the same serving pressure as before (say 13psi)? And I lied. I have one more question. How are folks attaching their manifolds to their refrigerator?
Question one, I do to make sure nothing comes back through the line. Never tried not doing that, so I can't say if it's just a precaution or if ya really 'need' to.

Question two, someone else will answer this better. I have my co2 in the fridge with the kegs, so my manifold is doubtfully attached 'properly'. Check out the kegging forum, or the thread 'Show us your kegerator' for some good ideas on this and all sorts of other ideas.

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Funny, I received an email from midwest today offering 20% off pin lock kegs....does this look like a good deal?

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Yea that looks like a good deal.. Go for it..

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I thought it looked like a good deal too. It was $200 after shipping, still not bad. It'll be a few weeks before I can use it, but that'll give me time to get educated.

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