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Old 01-23-2006, 12:59 PM   #1
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After brewing beer on and off for about 5 years now, I'm finally going to ditch the bottles and all the work associated with them.
I've found a Corny keg set-up online for about $165 which includes: 3 used corny kegs, a 5lb CO2 bottle, the regulator, lines and the dispenser. From what I've been able to find online this seems to be a pretty good looking setup for a reasonable price.

Does anyone have any advice/thoughts/regrets about using corny kegs.
I have a full size refer that I'm planning to store my kegs in.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 01-23-2006, 01:11 PM   #2
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I prefer to use the ball lock cornies vs the pin lock cornies. You mentioned that you are buying them used. It is a good idea to purchase a rebuilt kit (new orings) to install when you clean them.

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The new CO2 tank will be empty, (can't ship gas)so you'll have to go to the gas store anyway, why not check the local price for the tank? Or swap meets, they are all over, for carpenter's nail guns, maybe $20 with regulator. Cornies are going for $10 each on eBay, plus shipping, or $5 at the swap meets. Fitttings are $6 ea at the HBS, hose, tap, a few more $. Of course, you have to drink another batch from bottles while you collect all this stuff....get the corny first, then while it's aging....

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The new CO2 tank will be empty, (can't ship gas)so you'll have to go to the gas store anyway, why not check the local price for the tank?
Be careful about buying a used CO2 tank. They have to be hydrotested every 5 years to make sure they're still good to handle the pressure. If you buy a used one and it's due for a test and fails, they scrap it for you and point you to the door. Learn to read the build dates on the tanks if you go this route (search the threads here for info). Also, every place in town told me that if the tank has someone's owner stamp on it (like it belongs to another welding shop), they won't fill it. Professional courtesy. Check around your neck of the woods to see if they are as critical about the details. Some folks say the shops in their area don't care.

If you're looking for a reasonable kit, take a look at the kits being offered by THARGRAV on eBay. I bought one from him a few months ago and got a brand new 10lb Catalina aluminum tank with the big handle for $65 (looked at one kit with and one without the tank and subtracted the difference) as part of a kit. The place where I had it filled said they charge $120 for the same bottle.
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After brewing beer on and off for about 5 years now, I'm finally going to ditch the bottles and all the work associated with them.
I've found a Corny keg set-up online for about $165 which includes: 3 used corny kegs, a 5lb CO2 bottle, the regulator, lines and the dispenser. From what I've been able to find online this seems to be a pretty good looking setup for a reasonable price.

Does anyone have any advice/thoughts/regrets about using corny kegs.
I have a full size refer that I'm planning to store my kegs in.

Thanks for your help!

Sean
From what I have seen, this is a excellent price. Is it a two gauge regulator?
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Old 01-24-2006, 12:28 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice, I went ahead and bought the system! You can check it out here: http://www.ebrew.com/cornelius_keggi...ock_system.htm
FYI, It comes with new o-rings as someone mentioned above. For $165 + $17shipping I think 3 kegs, the two guage regulator, the tank, o-rings, and both the gas set-up and bev set-up isn't a bad deal.
I did price things out on ebay, but people are charging way to much for shipping lately. I got the whole system (57 lbs) for less than I could get a single keg shipped!
I'll be sure to let you guys know how it works out once I get it. Thanks again for all the good tips.

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That's a fair price. When I first got into kegging I did something similar where I didn't spend much on the dispensing side; I waited until I figured out what I wanted specifically. You can check out my final setup in my gallery.

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Great price!

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DesertBrew:

That's a great setup you've got, I'm planning to do something similar, I have a frig in the garage totally dedicated for my kegs, might look to you later for some tips. Thanks!

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That's a great setup you've got, I'm planning to do something similar, I have a frig in the garage totally dedicated for my kegs, might look to you later for some tips. Thanks!

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Depending on where you are in HR, I can recommend a good place to get your CO2 tank filled. Do a Google for Yates Fire Protection in Hampton. It is roughly a mile or so away from the I 64/664 interchange. Go see Wyn and he will hook ya up.

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