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Old 01-20-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I've only been brewing for a short time now, but I'd like to start kegging my homebrew before too long! Anybody know of a cheap and easy way to get that ball rolling?

Thanks!

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Old 01-20-2012, 09:36 PM   #2
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Pinlock kegs are currently the cheapest.

Picnic taps are very cheap.

A paintball tank with a single gauge regulator and adapter is cheaper than a 5lb CO2 tank.

Throw it all in a craigslist cheapie fridge.

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Old 01-20-2012, 11:35 PM   #3
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How do you think a chest freezer would work out if I turned the temp up above 32 degrees?

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:11 AM   #4
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yes chest freezer would be fine but i would use a temp controller.

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Old 01-21-2012, 02:49 AM   #5
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How do you think a chest freezer would work out if I turned the temp up above 32 degrees?
you won't get it above 32F without a temp controller.

one could rig a heavy duty timer so it doesn't run the thing very often but that's going to be harder on the compressor than running it at a stable serving temp range.
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:48 AM   #6
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How cheap is cheap?
Your basic kegging supplies will run you approx $150 for a keg, small tank, regulator, hoses connections etc. Also, I've found that it's cheaper overall to get a large tank vs a small tank. For example, if a 20 oz paintball tank runs you 20 bucks, fine, but you probably don't want to get a lot of them, plus you need an adapter for $15. It's cheap.. however if you get a 5 pound reconditioned tank, you'll pay $55 which is under what you'd pay for 4 20 oz tanks ($80+15). A 10 pound reconditioned tank will only cost $75 though, vs the $110 for 2 5 pounders, or the $160+15 for 8@20oz tanks and so on. Plus, a reconditioned 20 pound tank may go for $100, so just compare that to 16-20oz tanks at $335.
If you get a paintball tank free from a friend or relative who doesn't play paintball any more, or you play paintball then that'd be different.

You would want to keep your keg in the fridge to be the least expensive, or even in a cellar to be even less expensive, though not as cold. If you want to use a chest freezer, you *have* to get a temperature control device to "turn it up above 32" since freezers generally don't have that option. $60-$85 from dial to digital.
Not so bad if you already have a chest freezer to use though, otherwise add that into the cost.

Definately go with picnic taps those really have no price comparision and you can even use just one for a while and then move up to a full set of full taps one by one. (Example, I had planned on my freezer w/temp control, then eventually adding a collar but still using one single picnic tap and switch it between kegs whenever I needed a different beer. Then I planned on getting one faucet at a time, so I'd drill one hole, use the faucet, and later on get a second faucet and so on. That kinda went out the window when I got 4 of them on sale.... but it helps not to have all the cost at once.)

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #7
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Define cheap.

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you won't get it above 32F without a temp controller.
Actually, yes you can: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/guid...ontrol-249612/
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Craigslis/HBT classifieds are your friend. It may be a little slower to piece things together but it'll be much cheaper. You may even get lucky and find a full setup for a good price.

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Old 01-21-2012, 03:24 PM   #10
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Good link. In that case, if you want to use the coarse manual adjustment method, you'll save $60-80 bucks.
Since I'm pretty bad with those sorts of things so I'd still go with the external thermostat, but that's me. It's not like you can't adjust it back to be a regular freezer when you upgrade anyways.

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