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Old 06-01-2012, 08:03 PM   #21
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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.
Here is where I started, there are 4 videos in all and Chris does a great job in my opinion.

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Old 06-01-2012, 10:57 PM   #22
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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?

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brew-...m_medium=email
Funny, that's what I got, but with ball locks, when I first set up the kegerator. Go for it.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:42 AM   #23
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Funny, that's what I got, but with ball locks, when I first set up the kegerator. Go for it.
Is the ball lock better than the pin lock? Like I said I know nothing.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:17 AM   #24
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Is the ball lock better than the pin lock? Like I said I know nothing.
Ones wider then the other. One is coke the other is Pepsi. They both dispense home brew!!!
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:38 AM   #25
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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?
Ok. I force carb at 20 psi and roll the keg across the floor for 5 minutes. I then adjust the regulator down to about 10 psi and purge slightly. Once the regulator reads 10 psi your good to drink. No need to wait a day. You can be drinking carbonated beer in 5 minutes. I put my manifold inside the fridge with the co2 tank. Im going to move my tank outside the fridge when I figure out a way to mount it to my fridge.

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This pic is from before I added the 3rd tap. Also, don't trust the tank pressure gauge because it doesn't read correctly.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:39 AM   #26
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It takes a little longer than the 5 minutes to carb..if you have patients, set it at 12 psi and leave for two weeks and your good to go.. if not set at 30 psi for 3 days and then lower to 10 or 12 and wait. Then you should be ready

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I used to have a mix of pin lock and ball lock (mostly pin lock) then I found that my LHBS would let me trade in the pins for ball and did so. I still have all the pin lock connectors in MFL (threaded to use with the swivel nut barb adapter) if you want a couple send me a pm and I'll send you a few

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The thing I learned when I bought my kegging gear is that you're going to get the best overall deal if you buy all at the same time. Places like Keg Connection will bundle stuff together at a bit of a discount and you only pay shipping once. That said, it's a big cash outlay. What I learned from my experience is spend the time to plan out what you want in the end and then figure out how to get there. You may think you want a tower system or a shank system, but if you think about it, you might only be able to accommodate a picnic tap system. It saves you from buying stuff twice.

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What I'd definitely suggest not doing (from my experience) is going through the door with taps but getting the cheap faucets to keep expenses down. You'll just wind up shelling out for Perlicks in a year after you get tired of your faucets sticking.
This +1000. Get Perlick up front! You will absolutely, positively, NOT regret it. I regret having built up my kegerator to 3 taps with standard faucets, which are now sitting in a box, and having to buy new Perlicks later.

Also, check out Ritebrew.com. I recently bought a BUNCH of stuff for a 5-tap keezer build, and found their prices to be pretty much the best around. Shipped quickly and in good shape, too.
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The thing I learned when I bought my kegging gear is that you're going to get the best overall deal if you buy all at the same time. Places like Keg Connection will bundle stuff together at a bit of a discount and you only pay shipping once. That said, it's a big cash outlay. What I learned from my experience is spend the time to plan out what you want in the end and then figure out how to get there. You may think you want a tower system or a shank system, but if you think about it, you might only be able to accommodate a picnic tap system. It saves you from buying stuff twice.
Totally agree with this. Other things to consider include maybe buying extra beer line, an extra co2 tank, some keg lube and spare parts to have on hand. It definitely makes things more expensive but it feels good knowing you have a spare co2 tank and parts just in case.

For example, I recently kegged a batch of amber ale and my keg decided not to hold pressure. I was able switch out some parts and fix the issue quickly as opposed to having to order parts online and pay more in shipping. Obviously this is a luxury and isn't crital. Just something to consider.
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