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Dionysos911 01-07-2009 06:28 PM

Keggin Phase 1
 
I just brewed my first batch of beer last night and it's in primary ferment for a couple weeks. Of course I am already thinking about bottling/kegging. I am thinking I want to go the keg route but can't afford the full setup yet so I am thinking of getting this:

Brew Logic Dual Tap Draft System- with Reconditioned CO2 Tank :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

then storing the whole thing in my fridge until I see a good deal on a mini fridge to convert. Any thoughts on converting that to a tower at some point in the future? Or any thoughts to help out a complete newbie in general?

Thanks!

nystevecf 01-07-2009 06:40 PM

I have the exact same set up and love it. I have it all set up in a keezer with the picnic taps and will be switching to a tower soon.

Im not understanding your question about converting it though. Do you mean can the picnic taps be taken off and a tower added? If so then yes.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dionysos911 (Post 1048800)
I just brewed my first batch of beer last night and it's in primary ferment for a couple weeks. Of course I am already thinking about bottling/kegging. I am thinking I want to go the keg route but can't afford the full setup yet so I am thinking of getting this:

Brew Logic Dual Tap Draft System- with Reconditioned CO2 Tank :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

then storing the whole thing in my fridge until I see a good deal on a mini fridge to convert. Any thoughts on converting that to a tower at some point in the future? Or any thoughts to help out a complete newbie in general?

Thanks!


Dionysos911 01-07-2009 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nystevecf (Post 1048838)
I have the exact same set up and love it. I have it all set up in a keezer with the picnic taps and will be switching to a tower soon.

Im not understanding your question about converting it though. Do you mean can the picnic taps be taken off and a tower added? If so then yes.

Yeah that was what I was asking. Doing more reading I am actually considering going the keezer option. Wouldn't a keezer freeze the lines or can most be turned down to just above freezing?

icu812 01-07-2009 09:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dionysos911 (Post 1048911)
Yeah that was what I was asking. Doing more reading I am actually considering going the keezer option. Wouldn't a keezer freeze the lines or can most be turned down to just above freezing?

If you make a keezer you will need a temp controller from Ranco or Johnson to prevent any freezing. This would also give you a huge temp range to work with. If you have the space for a keezer do it. Think ahead and go as big as you can from the beginning. Extra keg space is a good thing.:mug:

Dionysos911 01-07-2009 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by icu812 (Post 1049185)
If you make a keezer you will need a temp controller from Ranco or Johnson to prevent any freezing. This would also give you a huge temp range to work with. If you have the space for a keezer do it. Think ahead and go as big as you can from the beginning. Extra keg space is a good thing.:mug:

I like the idea of a kreezer but the issue is that ideally I would like it to front load to work much better in my bar setup (pic below).. Also, what is up with the collar? Is that put in just make make more height for the kegs or can you not mount the taps directly to the side of the freezer?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...bar-closed.jpg

I'd like to have the keg taps dispense about where the glass front fridge is so I'd need to either come up with a pullout solution for the unit to access the top or stick to a front loader.

Brandon O 01-07-2009 10:56 PM

good hell, why do you have a bottle of everclear?

MoRoToRiUm 01-08-2009 12:11 AM

I'm thinking mini fridge... That, or take out the inside of the bottom, and put a support rail in the back, and get a freezer that will fit in between there. That way your setup will straddle the keezer. Then you can forgo the shelf on top of the keezer, or get appliance rollers to slide it out and top load it... Mostly just thinking out loud :)

Jewrican 01-08-2009 02:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Brandon O (Post 1049414)
good hell, why do you have a bottle of everclear?

ha ha ha ha ha

Dionysos911 01-08-2009 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MoRoToRiUm (Post 1049570)
I'm thinking mini fridge... That, or take out the inside of the bottom, and put a support rail in the back, and get a freezer that will fit in between there. That way your setup will straddle the keezer. Then you can forgo the shelf on top of the keezer, or get appliance rollers to slide it out and top load it... Mostly just thinking out loud :)

So I measured the space in the bar set. If I remove the shelf I have about 38h x 24w 21d .. Most of the the kreezer setups would be an inch or so too wide. Depth I am not too concerned about since I would have to have it stick out a bit anyway to setup a roller system. So it looks like I am stuck with either kegerator or kreezer outside the bar unit. Luckely I am broke so I have time to think on it :)

Side note, what is the purpose of the collar on a kreezer?

Jewrican 01-08-2009 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Dionysos911 (Post 1050976)
So I measured the space in the bar set. If I remove the shelf I have about 38h x 24w 21d .. Most of the the kreezer setups would be an inch or so too wide. Depth I am not too concerned about since I would have to have it stick out a bit anyway to setup a roller system. So it looks like I am stuck with either kegerator or kreezer outside the bar unit. Luckely I am broke so I have time to think on it :)

Side note, what is the purpose of the collar on a kreezer?

3 things typically.
1. You cant drill into the walls as they may have coolant lines running through them
2. To raise the height of the chest freezer so that additional corny kegs can fit on the compressor hump
3. Raise the height of the faucets to make for a more comfortable pour :drunk:


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