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Old 02-06-2011, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default Need some expert advice on kegging system

I was fortunate enough to recieve a kegging system from my father-in-law over the holidays. He gave me two cornies, one primary regulator, and two 5# CO2 tanks.

I'm trying to figure out how to use this set up and what I should add. I envision that I'll one day have 3 or 4 kegs on tap at one time. That being said, which do you think is the best option:

1) Sell one (or both) of the 5# tanks, buy a 20# tank and get a secondary regulator with 3 or 4 ports.

2)Use one of the 5# tanks for serving and one 5# tank for carbing. Buy another primary regulator and a 3 or 4 way distributor for the serving tank.

3)...ideas?

I think option 2 would be easiest on my wallet (and SWMBO does the bills), but I've also heard that 5# tanks will end up costing you more in the end due to the increased frequency of refilling.

I'd love to hear a suggestion from an experienced kegger. What would make most sense?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-06-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
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Go with the 20lb tank and manifold. Keep a 5lb tank around for odd jobs. Trade the second 5lb tank in on the 20lb tank to offset the cost.

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Old 02-06-2011, 03:40 PM   #3
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You'd probably not fill a 20# but every four years.

I have two 5# CO2 tanks...they last a long time and only cost $15 max (here in MA) exchange for a full one. I fill ONE of them MAYBE yearly. One sits under the bar pushing two cornys in the fridge and one I use as a backup, to push beer around, and to carb up.

Maybe sell one of the 5# and use the money for a gas splitter (you can serve and carb up at the same time at 12 psi, carb up will just take a couple of weeks), more cornys, and what you did not mention, a freezer to make a keezer to store your full cornys!

...that will lead to temp controller, a tower, faucets, drip tray...and it goes on, and on, and on.

I think you'll be happy with the 5#, splitter, more cornys, and a keezer.

One mans humble opinion.

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Old 02-06-2011, 03:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for your reply!

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You'd probably not fill a 20# but every four years.

I have two 5# CO2 tanks...they last a long time and only cost $15 max (here in MA) exchange for a full one. I fill ONE of them MAYBE yearly. One sits under the bar pushing two cornys in the fridge and one I use as a backup, to push beer around, and to carb up.
That is really a good thing to know.

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Maybe sell one of the 5# and use the money for a gas splitter (you can serve and carb up at the same time at 12 psi, carb up will just take a couple of weeks), more cornys, and what you did not mention, a freezer to make a keezer to store your full cornys!

...that will lead to temp controller, a tower, faucets, drip tray...and it goes on, and on, and on.

I think you'll be happy with the 5#, splitter, more cornys, and a keezer.

One mans humble opinion.
The list does go on and on... so much to learn, and I feel like I've learned so much already! What an awesome, intense, and absolutely consuming hobby.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:29 PM   #5
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What an awesome, intense, and absolutely consuming hobby.
Nirvana and after only 4 posts!

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Nirvana and after only 4 posts!

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Ha, you said it (cheers to hodge) and yes, you did (dancing banana)!

Edit: S#!t...didn't realize quoting would included the banana...guess I'm right there with you. Ugg.
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trade a 5 for a 20 at airgas

save the second 5 as a backup

start saving the money to build a manifold using secondary regs, there is a guy on ebay that sells them for 20 bucks each. you will spend another 10 to 15 per on the connections

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This is a bit off topic, but I was looking for CO2 refill information in Rutland, VT, myself and found this post. Small world! I just started brewing two months ago as did a friend of mine after we completed the VT Brewery Challenge in November.

Anyway, if you have any good information on CO2 refills in Rutland I would really like to hear about it!

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