I have narrowed it down to the freezer I wanted and have been allotted a $500 budget from SWMBO under the conditions that I keep a cider in the keezer for her to pull from when she feels like it. So the kit I plan on is:
A 6.8cf by holiday (motivated by this link http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/sizing-your-chest-freezer-corny-kegs-75449/
Thanks to the infamous EdWort)
and a 3 keg setup seen here Brew Logic Triple Tap Draft System with 3-way gas manifold, NEW Aluminum Tank :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies
After viewing Bobby M's amazing youtube videos I decided that eventually I would like put a collar on it and throw some taps on instead of the picnic taps (once I give the plastic a chance to cooldown and SWMBO a chance to settle) The question that I have is, Has anyone put a collar on this freezer before? I noticed what looks like a catch on the tub of the freezer (see Mustangfreaks pic in EdWorts post here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/sizing-your-chest-freezer-corny-kegs-75449/
) would that hinder a collar?
My next question is, what is better or are they the same: Gas regulator or gas manifold?
it is my assumption that a regulator would allow you to adjust the PSI individually on all three kegs as where a manifold would allow you to turn the gas off or on each keg individually. We all know what happens when you assume... but am I correct on this?
I would like to score all of this equipment before I leave for Vilseck because I dont know what it will cost me once I get there.
Also I was wondering if a thermostat is absolutely necessary. If so I need to brace myself for the "its absolutely necessary" talk with SWMBO in order to get the OK for the potential extra funds.