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Old 12-28-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default First Keg Advice.

For those that have been kegging for a while. If there was one piece of information that you could have had before that first kegging, what would it be? Of course pertaining to kegging procedures or upkeep (prekeep?). I know I should relax, but I've got a week to think about this and nothing better to do. I've got all the pieces, and the beer is settling in the primary. Pass on that "wisdom" if you please.
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Old 12-28-2008, 09:45 PM   #2
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Buy more kegs. I started with 4, but now have 19-fivers, 1-three and 1-ten. I fill them at about 2 per week and empty them at about 1 per week. Many have big beers in them so I needed extra for aging.

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Old 12-28-2008, 10:58 PM   #3
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Started with three, now have eight. Second CO2 tank is a plus, dual regulator is another plus... That said, aging/conditioning in keg is never a bad idea. I actually ferment in kegs (space limitations) and secondary in keg. Spare rings never hurt-

part numbers 9452K218, 9452K23, and 9452K172.

and more kegs!

I also like Northern Brewers Sure Screens in my case (part 7540).

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Old 12-29-2008, 12:05 AM   #4
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Wouldn't have made any difference to know in the first place, but very quickly into this I came to realize that more than one regulator would be really nice. I have one currently, but will be going to 6 kegs and would like 3 regulators minimum. I'd suggest getting additional regulators when you plan on doing multiple taps.

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Old 12-29-2008, 01:02 AM   #5
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i am in the same boat. i have chinesefood's caramel vanilla creme ale in primary ( 3 days in) and am building out my keezer. I just painted the fridge and then collar tonight. Tomorrow or the day after, i will continue work on it and hopefully finish it.

Now i just need my father in law to give me the temperature control and co2 tank he said he got for me.

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Old 12-29-2008, 01:13 AM   #6
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Buy more kegs.
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I started with 2 and now have 6. And, it has only been 1 month of kegging. Gotta age those puppy's.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:27 AM   #7
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Relax. Have a homebrew.

Oh, and find someplace that has a special on 12 packs of kegs. Never can get enough of those things...

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Old 12-29-2008, 04:10 PM   #8
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That the 5 lb Co2 tank I bought was going to cost about as much to fill as a 20 lb tank swap out

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By way more than you think you need. I started with 3 for a 2 tap setup and now have 10. Also if you can swing it, buy 2 co2 bottles, one for dispensing and one for keg cleaning, purging, and carbing.

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That the 5 lb Co2 tank I bought was going to cost about as much to fill as a 20 lb tank swap out
+10 on that one, get a huge tank if possible, I have a 15lb and a 5lb, cost's a dollars difference to swap them out.
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:56 PM   #10
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+1 on more Kegs. (I have 14 now)

1 5lb CO2 tank for fridge, 1 20lb for carbing and conditioning.

If you like variety, plan on many taps/regulators. I only have 2 and am planning on a 5 or 6 Tap Keezer.

Plan on setting up a Coat Check. You'll be getting a lot more friends over saying they were "just in the neighborhood. Oh btw, what have you been brewing lately?"

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