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Old 11-19-2013, 04:29 AM   #1
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Just need to vent, so feel free to ignore this and not read it. Ready to get out of the bottle business. Setting up a parts list - I believe in buy once, cry once - don't spend money on cheap taps and then buy Perlicks in 3 months.

So even with a free fridge, a moderate 3 tap setup looks like at least $400 + Fridge + Corny's + thermostat control + drip tray + fabrication + misc parts.

Might not need everything day 1 - but it's a $1000 investment over time. Gonna want 6+ cornys, gonna want Perlicks, gonna want a 2 body regulator, etc.

I am DIY friendly and scrounging things together (BIAB, turkey fryer, Corona mill in a bucket, etc). WV Craigs list stinks - so no magically great deals.

I'll get there and don't mind piecing things together, but it is a little annoying how much $$$ it takes to keg beer. Hey SWMBO, I know I've been spending a lot on beer stuff lately - but I'd like to keg beer. So I need another $500 (provided I can find a free fridge). Looks like I'm gonna have 1 corny on a picnic tap for a while.

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Old 11-19-2013, 04:36 AM   #2
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I hear you. Just tell the SWMBO to take a pill and buy it all at once. Then be ready to sleep on the couch for a while... Take your time and buy it incrementally. It hurts way less and she will not notice the expense as quickly..

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I have been buying mine a little at a time. Mine went into the garage the other day and confessed to thinking 'damn, he's bought a lot of crap'. But then I've put up with her needlepoint, crochet and sewing hobbies for nearly 3 decades, so....

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I think the answer is to get dual regulator setup, run 1 tap for a while and then add distributor and more taps and more carnys as funds allow.

For that matter - garage is low to mid 40's this time of year, slap a picnic tap on the keg and drink it.

I'm getting my head around what I need - but tonight was first time I made a full parts list with costs. That was a mistake.

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I started with a chest freezer, 2 kegs, and a couple of picnic taps.

Expanded to 4 kegs.

Bought 6 more kegs.

Bought another freezer. Build a keezer.

Bought SS perlicks, shanks, tubing.

Bought another regulator (dual, for beer and soda).

Manifolds for both freezers.

Considering a 3rd freezer.

Moral of story: you are only barely looking into the rabbit hole. It is deep. You should have taken the blue pill.

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Just gather your parts a little at a time. A kegerator/keezer you put together with quality components (temp controller, perlicks, etc.) will serve you better than any of the consumer options available. Keep an eye on homebrew finds and other deal websites (I like slickdeals) to save money on the parts.

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I started with two kegs, a single regulator in my old fridge. Bought another keg, bought a 4-way manifold. Could kinda tip-toe into it.

Now I'm fixin to drill some holes in the side of the fridge and have a proper kegerator.

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I'm in the same place. Just dropped 380$ at kegconnection on a 4 tap setup. Still need the tank and kegs. Also plan on adding 2 nitro taps soon. I also went for good stuff. Taprite dual body and perlicks.

Already had the freezer/controller.

The best part is I haven't told swmbo anything.

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I'm in the same place. Just dropped 380$ at kegconnection on a 4 tap setup. Still need the tank and kegs. Also plan on adding 2 nitro taps soon. I also went for good stuff. Taprite dual body and perlicks.

Already had the freezer/controller.

The best part is I haven't told swmbo anything.
I just wait until the SWMBO starts tripping over new brewing equipment toys.Because believe it or not women tune conversations out like men do."Oh you forgot the conversation we had about me building another fermentation chamber over the past month?"...Yup that is a mini fridge i just got off CL
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I just realized that at today's pricing the 14 ball lock kegs I've acquired over the years would cost just as much as the stainless 6 hole t-tower, half dozen Perls, tubing, 1x6 manifold, CO2 tank - and the Craig's List 10cf chest freezer. The only things not covered would be the controller, flare fittings and QDs, but when kegs hit $70 those will be covered and then some.

Woof. My condolences to kegging rookies everywhere...

Cheers!

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