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instinct2 12-28-2012 04:54 AM

Kegging questions???
 
Newbie looking to start buying kegging equipment.

1) looking to run four or five kegs, how many regulators are needed?
2) is it worth the $ to buy new kegs?

SouthernCross 12-28-2012 05:08 AM

Though I only run 2 at a time, I for sure prefer a regulator on each keg. Since I typically run 2 different types of beer at a time, I can keep both flowing at the right pressure...

I've never paid for new kegs. Always purchased used and replaced the o-rings when they arrive. Clean em and load. Never had a problem.

Golddiggie 12-28-2012 05:28 AM

One regulator, with either a single or dual body. If you're going to only need one pressure set (everything at the same CO2 volumes level) then you're good. If you want to carbonate differently, such as pale ales higher than browns and porters, then get a dual body regulator. Spend the few dollars more and get a Taprite regulator (with MFL connections). Get a manifold for each body so that you can carbonate almost all on one body. That way if you have one keg that needs a different pressure set, you can just put that one on one body and the balance on the other body. Look to Keg Connection for the parts for the system. Especially the tank, regulator, hoses, Oetiker clamps (and tool), etc.

For used or new kegs... Look over some of the threads from people that bought used kegs during the holiday sales events that were going on. More than a few had issues. IMO, it's luck of the draw with used kegs. I purchased two from the LHBS around Thanksgiving. Even though he gets them in pre-tested and they're supposed to be 100% ok with the o-rings in them, I had to replace the o-rings on the liquid dip tubes. The first one was weeping beer once I put pressure to it (all of 12-14 psi too). Changed the o-ring and it was fine. If you can't get the kegs locally, I would order/get new ones.

Look for the threads where people had used kegs that had leaks away from the posts (in the metal). If you don't locate those before you put beer into them, you're in for trouble. There are also people that got used kegs that the relief valves (ones you can pull) leaked. When buying used, you're getting used. It's up to the seller to decide if they can, or want to, replace/fix issue kegs. The better ones will, but there are plenty that will just tell you they were sold 'as is' and TFB for you. :eek:

instinct2 12-28-2012 04:28 PM

Ok thanks for the replies. I'm actually looking to purchase a kit through kegconnection.com with stainless faucet upgrades and new kegs...but how many different pressures could I end up needing if I'm running four or five completely different beers?

Golddiggie 12-28-2012 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by instinct2 (Post 4722544)
Ok thanks for the replies. I'm actually looking to purchase a kit through kegconnection.com with stainless faucet upgrades and new kegs...but how many different pressures could I end up needing if I'm running four or five completely different beers?

Depends on the styles you plan on brewing and kegging. Theoretically, you could have four, or five, different pressure set needs. Realistically, though, two would probably cover the majority.

I would suggest giving Keg Connection a call to ask questions. I stand by going with the Taprite regulator over the Chudnow (their house brand). IME, the Taprite is a superior product, worth the few dollars more. I had an issue with their dual body regulator after only a couple of months. Got them to swap it out for a Taprite and haven't had any issue in over a year.

CButterworth 12-28-2012 04:37 PM

I purchased my two-keg starter kit from Adventures In Homebrewing (home brewing.org).

I upgraded to the mfl screw-on for the lines. The picnic faucets are cheap, but work, and I'll upgrade when I design my keezer.

It seems that a single regulator is fine if you're going to be running your kegs at the same pressure. I purchased an extra secondary locally as it has allowed me to force-carb at 20psi, while dispensing another keg at 12psi.

As for the kegs from AIH, they were used. One was still pressurized and had a little syrup in it. Both work and I have not had to change any o-rings, poppets, etc., although I have some in reserve. I dismantled the kegs and gave them a thorough clean, which forced me to learn keg construction (which I consider good knowledge).

When I get more kegs, I'll certainly buy them used as they're a lot less expensive than new.

Consider my knowledge as that coming from a newbie, who has around six weeks of kegging experience, but many, many years of beer-drinking experience!!!!!!!!

Charlie

instinct2 12-28-2012 11:28 PM

http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=723 How does this kit look? Has the taprite, would upgrade to perlickSS faucets,10 co2. What else do I need. Another taprite? Would expand into 4 plus kegs. This way kegs are new at 88 dollars with the kit.

Golddiggie 12-29-2012 12:32 AM

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Originally Posted by instinct2 (Post 4723749)
http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=723 How does this kit look? Has the taprite, would upgrade to perlickSS faucets,10 co2. What else do I need. Another taprite? Would expand into 4 plus kegs. This way kegs are new at 88 dollars with the kit.

I would make sure the regulator has a MFL connection on it, not a barb connection to the check valve.

If you want to feed 4 kegs, then get a 4 port manifold instead of the 2 port. Or change the regulator to a dual body [Taprite] and add another two, or three, port manifold.

instinct2 12-29-2012 03:07 AM

http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=462 Is this upgrade what I want then? 35$

instinct2 12-29-2012 03:10 AM

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Originally Posted by instinct2

Is this what I want then. Upgrade for 35$


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