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Old 12-23-2010, 02:37 AM   #1
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I am new to brewing but want to start kegging (not a fan of bottling). My only question up to this point is can you carbonate multipul kegs off one tank, assuming basic force carbonating. If so is there a minimum size to get?

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Old 12-23-2010, 02:41 AM   #2
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I'd get a 5# or larger. I like a 10# cylinder- it fits in the fridge ok, and lasts longer than the smaller tank (unless you have a leak!).

You can do this several ways- use a WYE fitting for a couple of kegs, or a distributor for the gas for many kegs. I have both, actually. I have a 4-way distributor on one side of the WYE and just a quick disconnect for the other WYE. That's mostly because I want to top off a carboy with a shot of co2, or fill a soda bottle and use a carbonator cap, or to push the sanitizer through without taking anything off of the distributor. Like everything I do in brewing, it may be overkill for many!

You can even simpler T fittings, but make sure you have check valves installed. More pressure in one keg and cause backflow into your regulator or other tanks if you don't add a check valve.

One regulator will work for multiple kegs if they are all at the same PSI. If you want different pressures, you'll need a regulator for each setting. If you want to do soda on one, and beer on another, for example, you'd need two primary regulators. Still one co2 thank, though!

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Old 12-23-2010, 03:00 AM   #3
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thanks that helps a lot

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Old 12-23-2010, 04:10 AM   #4
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Currently my setup is 7 outputs off a 5 pound tank. I have to swap the tank out every few months. I would love to get a 10 pound but my shop only does an exchange on 5 pounds and I don't want to pay to get the tank re-certified

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Old 12-23-2010, 04:11 AM   #5
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i have 3 kegs carbing off 1 tank at 11 psi. i get 4-5 months off a 10 lb tank

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sigmonjp - great question. I've been thinking about doing the same. I will probably go with a 2 tap system off a 10# tank (already have).

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thanks for all the feedback. i feel like going with a 10# tank would be the best way to go

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I have a 20lb that I can exchange at the local gas supply shop. It lasts about a year.

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I had a 10# tank on a five tap setup that lasted me maybe... 4 months? I've since upgraded to a 20# tank for that keezer, and moved the 10# out to the garage for weezer (smaller 3 tap keezer!)

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I would love to see a pic of your kegging set up yooper...

i have a 1 keg set up, and want to "y" several kegs together.

should have bought a manifold, i asked if this was possible when ordering, and was told i need a regulator for each keg...

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