Originally Posted by jmjbj_h
So far from looking, about $250 seems to be the cheapest way to get started. I need the lines, CO2 Canister, ball hook-ups, and the kegs themselves right? It seems that I could spend more if I wanted to chill the kegs in a converted fridge with a spigot. Could I store the filled kegs and only cool them before I plan on drinking/tapping them?
My guesstimate on my stuff is a little more than your $250 mark...not including the Sanyo fridge for $149 at Best Buy.
3 cornies (Adventures in Brewing, $18 apiece plus shipping, $68 total)
4-way manifold (Midwest, $45)
Single Body Dual Guage Premium Regulator $50 (The Beverage Factory.com)
Air and Liquid hose for three cornies ($30) (The Beverage Factory.com)
Ball Locks for four cornies ($45) (Midwest)
2 Picnic Taps ($8)
1 30Lb CO2 tank (1/2 filled) picked up from guy getting out of the hobby ($50)
If you're going to keg, I definitely recommend you invest in something to keep the beer cold. No sense in running all the way down to the 2 yard line and then deciding to kick a field goal.
Trust me, you'll love kegging. Read, learn and shop. You'll notice I spread my order around to three different places cuz their pricing varied enough and I saved prolly $80 in total.
My advice, get your kegs first. If nothing else you can get familiar with the equipment and they make great secondaries if you go no further.
This is what it's all about baby....