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Old 08-30-2008, 02:23 AM   #1
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Default kegs: if you had it to do over again ...

I don't want to bottle beer, so I want a simple keg system. Oh yeah, and I want it as cheap as possible, of course. I mean, not THAT cheap, I can maybe spend a few hundred $$$.

I know nothing about this. I figure the more taps the better. I might also want a tap for pop for the kids. For variety, at least two beers. So at least three taps.

Extract brewing is about as ambitious as I'm likely to get ... but you never know.

If you were me, only with your experience, what would you do at this beginning stage of the game?

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If you enjoy brewing the odds are fair that you'll eventually want to brew all-grain, but whether you do that or stick with extracts, I think it is much more likely that you'll want more than two beers on tap down the road. If you can build a keezer or kegerator with space for four to six taps, you can start with just two and expand later on.

On the other hand, you won't likely regret a decision to keep it small and have only two brews on tap. Any amount of homebrew on tap or in bottles is better than none!

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Old 08-30-2008, 02:30 AM   #3
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for your price range, and to get something that you can continue to use.....Think Party Pig.

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I don't agree BigKahuna. He said he could spend a few hundred. You can buy a kit with a keg, bottle, reg, beer line, and party tap for under $200. Keg Connection has nice kits with one to three kegs for $168 to $279, and if you piecemeal it all or get some stuff on Craig's list (like an old fridge, for example) you can do better than that.

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I don't agree BigKahuna. He said he could spend a few hundred. You can buy a kit with a keg, bottle, reg, beer line, and party tap for under $200. Keg Connection has nice kits with one to three kegs for $168 to $279, and if you piecemeal it all or get some stuff on Craig's list (like an old fridge, for example) you can do better than that.
Yeah, that's what I want. I'm just not sure what I should get cheap and what is better purchased as a kit or something. There's a local guy who sells the corny kegs for around $20 - $25. Is there any type of freezer or refrigerator that is better, like a chest or side-by-side? Then there is the whole CO2 setup.

I thought I would get a cheap fridge/freezer, the corny kegs ... but then I don't know. I don't know how to do the taps or CO2 setup.
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Nah, you can get into kegging for under $250. Regulator, $75; tubing, ball-lock gas supplies and two picnic taps, about $30; crappy used fridge off Craigslist, $50; two Cornies, $50. There's the CO2 bottle, of course, but you get that back later when you "trade it in" for the last time.

OK, maybe I should say under $300.

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So, since I already have an extra fridge, and SWMBO won't get upset so long as I don't go drilling through it, I could just put the corny kegs inside with picnic taps, CO2 tank, regulator ...

They will take up some space in the extra fridge, but not all of it. Eventually I can get something that I can drill on and put in taps, without losing any investment. This sounds do-able.

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Yes, that'll work, and lots of people do that until they brew a beer that enchants SWMBO so much that she instructs you to drill the damn holes already. Actually, a lot of people do that as a final solution.

Two kegs will consume probably half the space in a typical fridge, and you'll have to remove all the shelves since the kegs have to sit upright. Might as well drill the holes.

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I bought a two keg system. I have an apartment sized fridge, and it holds two kegs and the co2 tank. I have picnic taps on them, and it works fine. I wish it was a full sized fridge, though- I'd love to have three or four on tap, instead of just two. I bought the system, with an extra keg right at the start. The only thing I added was four more kegs (bought from a vendor here at HBT for around $90).

If I had it to do over, I would have tried harder to get a chest freezer and ranco controller. I think for about the same amount of cash (used freezer of course- the fridge is used) I could have gone the keezer route, gradually adding faucets and a collar. I still haven't drilled the side of the fridge for the faucets but that is my plan.

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I see plenty of cheap chest freezers on Craigslist in my area. It sounds like the smart thing to do would be to buy a full size chest freezer that would allow for maximum expansion. I'll look at the "keezer" threads for more info.

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