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Old 02-18-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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Default Absolute minimum requirements for kegging?

What is the absolute cheapest set up to get into kegging?

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Old 02-18-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
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Keg, Co2 tank with regulator, picnic faucet, and a fridge to keep it cold.

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Old 02-18-2008, 04:42 PM   #3
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A single Sanke pony keg, naturally carbonated, served with a party-pump style tap (must serve all the beer within about 48 hours of tapping). Refrigerate by storing outside when the weather is cold.

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Old 02-18-2008, 04:45 PM   #4
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One corny keg ($25.00)
One tube of keg lube ($5.50)
One liquid ball lock connector ($5.50)
Six feet of 3/16ths inner diameter liquid hose ($7.00)
One picnic tap ($4.50)
A few miscellaneous clamps to connect everything ($2.50)
One mini-CO2 cartridge charger (to dispense only, $25.00)

Now...you'll have to prime your kegs like you do your bottles to carbonate.

You'll go trough several of those mini-CO2 cartridges for each keg.

And you'll need to find somewhere to chill and store your keg for serving.

But bare-bones? This would get you there.

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Old 02-18-2008, 04:47 PM   #5
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I'm all for doing things as cheaply as possible, but don't sacrifice too much. If you can't do it the right way, just wait until you can...

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A single Sanke pony keg, naturally carbonated, served with a party-pump style tap (must serve all the beer within about 48 hours of tapping). Refrigerate by storing outside when the weather is cold.
LOL

You could turn a corny keg upside down and dispense from the in post and save on the cost of the pump.

On a serious note you can save yourself some money by getting a single gauge regulator. The high pressure gauge for the tank pressure is IMHO almost worthless.
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Old 02-18-2008, 04:49 PM   #7
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A single Sanke pony keg, naturally carbonated, served with a party-pump style tap (must serve all the beer within about 48 hours of tapping). Refrigerate by storing outside when the weather is cold.
Get one of those mini-CO2 cartridge charger mentioned above and bask in the luxury. Use Yuri's method and only use the CO2 to purge and blanket after a session.
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Corny to hold the brew and a hose to suck out the contents.

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I'm all for doing things as cheaply as possible, but don't sacrifice too much. If you can't do it the right way, just wait until you can...
I agree with Soulive. It's not worth the effort and expense to do kegging half A$$.

Stay away from those CO2 cartridges you'll spend a bunch of money on those things that you could have spent on a decent system. Then you'll still want a decent system and end up spending more money in the long run.
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