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Old 09-07-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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I'm looking for recommendations on a first keg setup. Something between value and a little future growth. Nothing too extreme in either direction. My goal is to keg my current batch, pour some bottles from it and possibly add a second keg down the road along with a bottled batch mixed in. So 1 keg and maybe 2 should do it for this first year.

I'm thinking to start with:
-One 5 gallon reconditioned ball lock keg
-2.5lb CO2 tank (Aluminum or steel? 2.5 or 5lb benefits?)
-Dual gauge regulator (shut off valve or not? 5/16 or 1/4" barbs/tubing?)

It looks like something under $200 is attainable. I just want to get something that's useable and works well. Any full kits worth just picking up? Price isn't critical, but I'd like to keep it in check.

Just looking for some insight as to what you guys have done, what you might have done differently and where you've ended up.

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Old 09-08-2012, 01:55 AM   #2
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The easiest way is to get a kit. There are plenty for under $200, I just saw a few on Midwest.

As far a dual reg, you don't need it unless you are wanting to carb beers to multiple levels. Otherwise you can buy very cheap splits to put gas on multiple kegs.

I'd go with the 5 pound gas tank to save you trips to the fill station, plus larger tanks cost only slightly more to fill than smaller ones. I fill my 20 pound for nearly the same cost as my 5.

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You could do this initially, for keg #1. http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/keg-ki...dard-homebrew/

And then if you decide to add a second keg, it's super easy to split your CO2 line with this: http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/gas-sp...s-accessories/

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Good looking setup Birdman. So you guys think I need to just go with a 5lb tank? I was figuring the 2.5lb would be more than enough and might fit more easily in a kegerator.

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As far a dual reg, you don't need it unless you are wanting to carb beers to multiple levels. Otherwise you can buy very cheap splits to put gas on multiple kegs.
Forgive me for being a unsure (I don't keg quite yet), but how do you force carb a keg at a higher PSI while keeping the other keg at serving pressure with only one regulator?
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Disconnect the already carbed keg while you force the other. It will be fine for several pints. Once forced carbed reconnect. Or hit the force carb keg with 30psi and disconnect let absorb and repeat one or twice then connect at serving pressure.

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Forgive me for being a unsure (I don't keg quite yet), but how do you force carb a keg at a higher PSI while keeping the other keg at serving pressure with only one regulator?
You don't. You use the set and forget method with one regulator.

Or you turn the gas off the already carbed one for the 24 hours you force carb.
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Good looking setup Birdman. So you guys think I need to just go with a 5lb tank? I was figuring the 2.5lb would be more than enough and might fit more easily in a kegerator.
Blackrock - we like the 5 pound. Based on the sizes we've offered in the past, I think that 5# would be the most popular size, generally speaking. It's not too big that you have concerns about where to keep it, and it's not too small that it runs out of gas too frequently.
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Good looking setup Birdman. So you guys think I need to just go with a 5lb tank? I was figuring the 2.5lb would be more than enough and might fit more easily in a kegerator.
I just bought two setups, for a keg fridge and for a garage fridge for force carbonation. I went with two 5lbs bottles as the 5lbs fits in my keg fridge with the reg, two 5gal cornys and a 3gal corney... and this is not a big fridge.

I went with two 5's so I could swap the garage fridge bottle if the keg fridge bottle ran dry.

I never considered the 2.5gal as it seems too small. I want to drink beer, not run back and forth from the industrial gas supply place. :-)
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3/16" barbs with 10' of 3/16" hose. I had to learn the hard way.

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