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Old 03-11-2008, 01:39 AM   #1
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What is the general recomendation on how to go about getting a kegging system up and running. Buy a kit with all of the parts from your favorite HBS or to buy pieces and assemble your own. Lets assume that you are not going to use craigslist (local CL is not a hot bed of gear) and maybe ebay but I would rather stick to commercial sites other than ebay for this discussion.

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Old 03-11-2008, 01:45 AM   #2
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If you are sure you are just going to have, say, two kegs then it might be better to go with a kit from a place like kegconnection.com. Otherwise I'd evaluate how much you might possibly expand the system and then purchase appropriate equipment such as the regulators. You can chain regulators together if you are going to use different pressures. Also Micromatic's premium regulators are nice and worth the extra few bucks in my opinion. I have a standard CO2 regulator with the flathead screw adjustor and it does the job but my nitrogen regulator from Micromatic seems much better made and it has a hand-adjustable knob on it which is nice.

Next issue is the cooling component. So with that comes all the equipment to convert a kegerator or keezer if you go that route.

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Old 03-11-2008, 03:38 AM   #3
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I got all my equipment (actually haven't gotten it all yet, the main bulk of the equipment is coming wednesday! ) separately for my two keg setup. Bought the sanyo 4912 at best buy for $200 and then just bought the keg kit from midwest (so i guess i really didn't piece it together huh?) for $200. Then i just bought the two tap tower to go with it. In all ended up costing less than what i would have spent for the whole setup pre-made.

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Old 03-11-2008, 06:41 AM   #4
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I just finished my kegerator tonight. 4912 from craigslist ($65) - fridges are common on CL. everything else from keg connection. You should decide how many kegs and what kind of fridge / freezer you want. That should be a good place to start.

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Old 03-11-2008, 12:21 PM   #5
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I also got my complete set up from kegconnection. I bought this one: http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=22

I bought it just like pictured, and added another keg to it. I've been very happy with it- and it came all "put together" for me with 6 feet of beer line. If you know you have some different needs, then you can piece it together, but I found it very convenient to get it just like the picture.

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I also got my complete set up from kegconnection. I bought this one: http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=22

I bought it just like pictured, and added another keg to it. I've been very happy with it- and it came all "put together" for me with 6 feet of beer line. If you know you have some different needs, then you can piece it together, but I found it very convenient to get it just like the picture.
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(not to hijack the thread) Thanks for posting that! I think I will go with an assembled kit myself. I was wondering...are the kegs ball valve by chance?
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For beginning keggers I think a kit is the best way to go.

Here's a site I've done business with and have had good results.

http://www.homebrewing.org/Homebrew-...em_p_0-69.html

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I think it depends on your future needs.. Are we looking at a 2 keg system for a fridge conversion? Or a keezer project that might go into 3 or 4 kegs some day? I went a bit higher and got micromatic regulators..great product for 95$ allows me to have 2 different pressures. I also got a 10 pound tank..more flexability. I got bunch of cheap used cornys as well 15 to 20$ each. I have the ability to go to 4 for my keezer project. I do like the kits most sell..but for more bang for your buck you can do the research and get most parts cheaper. Micromatic, beverage factory and keg connection are the best prices I have seen in my searches..Micormatic has 10 gallon co2 tanks for cheaper than I have seen anywhere..just some ideas

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Old 03-11-2008, 09:56 PM   #10
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well I have a Danby dar604w and I am right now looking at 1 maybe two kegs.

A big consideration is going to be the fact that swmbo wants the fridge to stay stock, so no tower or shanks through the door because of where it is in the townhouse and it maybe be a hard sell to mod the inside of the door since I think I can get at least one in there without touching the door. The one drawback about this fridge is the shape of the compressor hump, it is not a straight line hump going from side to side but rather a bowl shape.

The well definately has enough room for a keg and if I took the door off 2 kegs.

I have been looking at keg connection for quite some time and I like their stuff, I just wish shipping was less. It is something like $30 - 30 for me. I was just trying to see if I could source the parts from several online places and maybe get the kegs at the lhbs, but I might just get a kit online since the lhbs wants $250 for their keg kit.

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