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Old 04-15-2008, 06:03 PM   #11
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Thank you roaringbrewer I will be sure to e-mail him. Great idea to just try and put together my own little kit. It was actually $450 shipped. I don't need the 10#, but I sure do have room...13.3 cu ft. freezer, and nothing in it... I am stoked!

EDIT: Pol I looked at that, and it says on the home page that they give you all new o-rings and such.

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Old 04-15-2008, 06:05 PM   #12
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I bought my stuff at Midwest Supplies... some places dont even replace the seals and o-rings, they recommend that you do, and charge MORE for the kegs. I bought all of my equipment from Midwest, it arrived in perfect condition.
FWIW, Midwest is one of my favorite suppliers of ingredients, etc. when I can't make it to the LHBS. However, I did some very detailed analysis before purchasing from kegconnection.com between kegconnection, Midwest, Austin Homebrew, morebeer.com and some other generic kegerator.com, etc. sites and for the "package" deal I couldn't beat kegconnection. You can feel free to double check all the sites and try to assemble a package for a competitive price if you please (in fact, prices might have changed since i purchased 6 mo. ago), but kegconnection beat everyone else in price by minimum $50, even > $100 in some cases. At some of the vendors it wasn't even possible to get some of the parts that come with the kc packages - for example the triple guage regulator would have been special order on some sites, etc.

Also, kegconnection "refurbished" both kegs I got and supplied an extra set of rings for both kegs.

You guys probably think I am affiliated somehow with how I rave about them, but trust me I am not. Just very happy with my purchase and the price I got from them.

It IS possible to get a better price on some individual pieces of the puzzle through ebay, other vendors, or other means, but splitting up your "package" purchase between 3-4 vendors kills you on shipping - so purchasing from one place is the way to go...

EDIT: I think ohio will back me on this. We were purchasing our kegging equipment at the same time and he did a similar analysis and couldn't beat KC...
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:11 PM   #13
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Are all cornies/firestones going to be ~ 9" across? And how tall?

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About 26" tall with the gas and beer connections.

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I bought the (2) keg, kegerator kit from Midwest about a month ago and also compared at Keg Connection, Midwest was a better deal at the time for the whole kit (2-kegs, new CO2, regulator, 2-shanks, 2-taps, drip tray etc...)

EDIT: I bought the above mentioned kit, PLUS (2) additional kegs, shipped, for $378 from Midwest..
Looks like you can get this same setup from KEGCONNECTION today for $376

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Old 04-15-2008, 06:49 PM   #16
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Pol I hate to be a burden, but I was unable to find that setup on midwest's web site. Do you happen to remember where that was listed? Thanks man.

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Not a burden! Here is the link... I bought (2) additional kegs at the same time because it barely added anything to the shipping charge!

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=6858

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Thank you much!

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Old 04-15-2008, 07:19 PM   #19
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Midwest also offers this kit:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=7739
I'm looking at this one because I also want forward sealing faucet which don't come with the kit Pol linked. This seems to be close to the best price I've found and it comes with a double regulator.

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I bought the (2) keg, kegerator kit from Midwest about a month ago and also compared at Keg Connection, Midwest was a better deal at the time for the whole kit (2-kegs, new CO2, regulator, 2-shanks, 2-taps, drip tray etc...)

EDIT: I bought the above mentioned kit, PLUS (2) additional kegs, shipped, for $378 from Midwest..
Looks like you can get this same setup from KEGCONNECTION today for $376
No doubt Midwest has some decent prices on some of their set-ups. Per your analysis they definitely appear to be dead-on the KC price for that set-up (with shanks, etc. as opposed to towers and such)...

I will note however that the set-up you reference above differs a bit from what I analyzed in pricing when I purchased. In addition to whats with that kit, I got (from KC) a 1) tower kit [I don't see tower even offered on Midwest?] 2) the triple-guage regulator [your kit shows dual only] and 3) perlick faucets... as noted, all for only $12 more than what you noted. Now, granted you got 2 extra cornies, but I picked them up for $50 shipped later when I realized I needed more kegs.

So to extend the analysis: All in all, even if you consider I paid $440 for the setup I have (4 kegs, 5lb. co2, lines, valves & quick connects, tower with perlicks, triple reg, etc.), that's only about $62 more than your purchase. $62 isn't bad for a SS tower, 2 perlicks, and 3 regs... This is why I couldn't get midwest prices to compare I think when I purchased a few months back...

EDIT: I didn't get a drip-tray in my cost analysis above. I purchased a tray from Todd later... so, prices are comparable generally (for the picnic tap or shank kits), but I don't think midwest offers a comparable tower kit.
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