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View Poll Results: How Many Kegs Do you NEED?
1 or 2 4 6.06%
3 to 6 24 36.36%
6 to 9 18 27.27%
9 to 12 5 7.58%
13++++++++ 15 22.73%
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default How Many Kegs Does It Take?

How many kegs does it take to keep you "In The Brew"? and as a secondary question, How many taps do you have? I'm starting with 3, 1 will be Apfelwein, 1 will be my Inter coastal Ale, and the third will be Specialty. I'm thinking 2 more are in order, and it's going to take 10 kegs to keep it all working.

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Old 07-16-2008, 09:09 PM   #2
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I own at least 10. I want more.

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Old 07-16-2008, 09:12 PM   #3
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I have 23 kegs and 23 cases of bottles, coincidence? I think not!!!

I only have 1 tower with 2 faucets though. But I do have 3 CO2 tanks with 2 splitters and more than enough cobra taps with 6' hoses.

Then there's the 4 ply manifold...for the keezer collar if I ever get around to it...that'll make it possible for 4 more on tap...

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I think it depends on a few things.

How many beers do you brew that benefit from long term aging.
If you can get cornies cheaper than secondary carboys ($17 better bottles), it makes more sense to bulk age in cornies.
How many faucets/kegger positions do you have?

I personally have 5 keg positions/taps/faucets so I like having another 6 or so for on-deck batches. In general I think you need twice as many kegs as taps.

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Old 07-16-2008, 09:34 PM   #5
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I have 14 kegs but it only really takes 6 to keep things rolling.

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I have 20 kegs, 4 faucets, and 6 picnic set-up's.

I had big ambitions for frequent brewing and long term ageing. Still do but, no time.

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I only have 2 faucets and I need 4 kegs to keep them flowing. I'm thinking about getting a fifth for some stuff that needs longer aging that I want to have on tap. But I agree with Bobby_M that I'd say at minimum you want double the kegs for your taps.

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I've got 6 taps and 8 cornies. If I can have all 6 on tap at any given time, I'm happy. I dunno exactly what you mean by "in the brew", though. I could get by with 2 or 3 taps if I had to...hell, I brewed for a year and a half before I got into kegging, so I could do bottles again if it really came down to it. But optimally, fully-operational is my happy place, and that's 6.

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I have 2 taps (3rd coming soon) and 6 kegs is enough to keep my pipeline full, but if I have people over, I start to get worried and then the next batch might not get enough time for aging. So I have 4 more kegs getting delivered tomorrow. I think 10 kegs will keep the pipeline full, even if I don't get to brew for a month or so.

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I dunno exactly what you mean by "in the brew", though......optimally, fully-operational is my happy place, and that's 6.
YOU SAID IT...IN THE BREW = Fully Operational.

I mean, how many kegs does it take to keep a tap going? I don't want to have to hang a dirty sock on a tap cause we kick a keg then don't have anything to go in it's place. I want to be able to swap out a fully conditioned and ready to drink beer.
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