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Old 01-21-2013, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Best place to buy? Kegerator conversion kit

So the inevitable has happened, and I am tired of bottling. I have a beer fridge in the garage I want to convert to a kegerator, and I am wondering the best place to buy the equipment. I want at least two taps and probably three. My thinking right now is to purchase locally, but not without checking the web. Any recommendations? Kits are convenient, but seperate purchases aren't out of the question.

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:06 AM   #2
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This is the kit I bought when I made my keezer 1.5 years ago. It's on sale now too!

http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/kits/shk.shtml

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Follow up question. What options are best for three taps? Ball or pin? How much cleaner? How big of a gas tank?

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Check kegconnection, as well as beverage elements.

Got my 3-tap fridge conversion kit from kegconnection, as well as my 3 kegs. Upgraded to 10ft beverage lines, And perlick faucets. Got extra o-rings, keg lube, and a couple feet extra line for approx 400 bucks. Only thing it didnt come with was the tank-- and thats because i bought a 20lb tank from beverage elements for $90 shipped.

Word of advice, KEEP the documentation that comes with any refurbished steel tank you buy. When i had mine filled, the guy told me he wouldnt have filled it if i didnt have the documentation ziptied around the tank. (Because of the xx'd out stamped numbers on the tank)

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for your follow-up, it appears if you force carb with the same co2 tank you use for serving, you can get about 7-8 kegs at best from a 5lb tank. If you have a 3 keg setup, that means you can kick all the kegs twice, and start preparing for your next fill/exchange. Thats why i got the 20lb tank. Should be good for at least 28 kegs if my math serves.

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I have been very pleased with everything that I have purchased from Keg Connection so far. I just ordered their 3 tap kit, which included a free upgrade to stainless shanks. Definitely get the Perlick tap upgrade, and decide if you want a drip tray now (it may influence where you drill your holes for the shanks)

Ball Lock/Pin lock is an ongoing debate. There was a thread yesterday outlining the differences. I prefer the smaller diameter of the ball locks, but I could have gone either way. Whatever you choose, I recommend staying with that type just for replacement part inventory.

I also decided to upgrade to a dual regulator so that I could force carb one keg (30 psi) while pouring the rest at 12 psi. Not necessary....but depends on how you want to use your draught system.

Congrats on the move to draught...draught is REALLY nice (I have a single kegerator now) and I can't imagine bottling every batch.

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I've got a good bit of reading to do, and will likely have to bottle one or two more times before making the switch around tax time. I just wanna be ready. I need to read about the build and the process if kegging itself. Any links are appreciated and rewarded with likes.

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Some of the parts for sale now in classifieds
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/kegg...6/#post4807838

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OP - We'd love if you'd give us a look too. We're a forum sponsor and you can check the reviews - solid prices, solid service.

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I have purchased draught equipment from both Kegconnection and most recently Birdman and have been pleased with both experiences. I just received my order from Birdman last week(3 Perlick+shank SS combos, 4 way manifold, faucet wrench, and some swivel nuts) and everything was of high quality and shipping time was reasonable. I'd give them three thumbs up if humanly possible.

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