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Old 09-19-2008, 12:21 AM   #1
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Hey all,
I've been trying understand kegging and I think I might be at a point where I need some expert opinions.

First of all, I live in an apartment with very little space. I do not have space for additional cooling, i.e. chest freezer or extra fridge for fermentation or kegerating. I also want to avoid having hundreds of bottles on hand as I want to have about 2-3 batches in my pipeline at a time. Right now I can only have one primary going in my cooler + ice.

I would like to get 3 corny kegs and carb them by priming with corn sugar. I need to get a CO2 tank for dispensing but what I want to know is if I can use one CO2 tank and switch between the kegs easily or can I just get one tank, regulator and connect that up to a 3-way air distributor with individual shut off valves?

Basically, what is the most economical way to go about using CO2 just for dispensing multiple kegs?

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Old 09-19-2008, 12:28 AM   #2
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You can get one tank with one regulator and split it to 3 kegs - but they will all have to stay at the same pressure levels.

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citizenlee, I have the exact same problem as you. Being a University student with a smallish apartment I didnt know what to do. My roommate is cool with paying the electric for a kegerator so I went ahead and bought a Three keg kit from Midwest (for sure the best deal) and picked up a free fridge off of craigslist. I bought two taps and Ill be running the thrid one as a picnic tap inside the fridge (for the beer i dont want my friends to get at!)

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Old 09-21-2008, 11:41 PM   #4
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wow. that package looks like a steal!

the free fridge from craigslist is definitely a bonus, i'm keeping my eye on craigslist here in boston and hopefully figure out where i'm going to keep the fridge in the meantime! don't forget to get an external temp controller.

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Old 09-22-2008, 12:34 AM   #5
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I'm in the same boat... I am also a student and I have gotten a free 17cuft chest freezer for free from craigslist and also got a co2 tank with regulator and 4 secondairies off craigslist for $35. I purchased a temp controller and 3 party taps for $40 from another craigslist add. Once I am done with the wi keg buy, I will have 3 soda kegs for $45 making for a total of $115 invested and have 3 homebrews on tap. Once I can afford to buy shnaks and faucets, I will slowly begin adding those as well... I am thinking i will end up getting one or 2 a month till it is finished.

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Old 09-22-2008, 01:01 AM   #6
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brew a metric ass ton of Ed's Haus Pale and Apfelwein and have a big ass party. Charge by the head and you'll have your system paid for in a minute. That's what I did when I was in college.

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I think you mean.... free beer with "donations"" to your brewing ventures

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I'm in the same boat... I am also a student and I have gotten a free 17cuft chest freezer for free from craigslist and also got a co2 tank with regulator and 4 secondairies off craigslist for $35. I purchased a temp controller and 3 party taps for $40 from another craigslist add. Once I am done with the wi keg buy, I will have 3 soda kegs for $45 making for a total of $115 invested and have 3 homebrews on tap. Once I can afford to buy shnaks and faucets, I will slowly begin adding those as well... I am thinking i will end up getting one or 2 a month till it is finished.
holy... you scored big time. i've been scouring boston craigslist for 2 weeks and haven't found anything close to those prices...
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brew a metric ass ton of Ed's Haus Pale and Apfelwein and have a big ass party. Charge by the head and you'll have your system paid for in a minute. That's what I did when I was in college.
that's a brilliant idea. i'm on it.
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holy... you scored big time. i've been scouring boston craigslist for 2 weeks and haven't found anything close to those prices...
Well, I have the craigslist free postings and garage sales on my homescreen tabs. I noticed the other day that there was a 20cuft freezer for free in the area and i woulda picked it up for a fermentation chamber... but no car big enough to pick it up with so I posted on here. craigslist is an amazing thing... I found a guy that is wanting a keggle and a chiller but cant afford them so I talked to him, he is getting the chiller and I already have the keggle so we are just sharing the 2 until one of us gets enough money to get their own.
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