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Old 01-20-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default 2 taps on the keezer, or 3?

My wife gave me the okay to build a keezer I've been putting a list of parts together, and I'm undecided on whether to use 2 taps or 3. The keezer will hold 5 cornies once I get the collar built. I'd eventually like to use some of that space to lager, since my wife really likes schwarzbier.

Anyway, I definitely don't need 5 taps, but I'm not sure if I should go with 2 or 3. I'm the only drinker in the house, right now, and I have between 3 and 10 beers a week. When my wife finishes nursing our baby, she'll probably have 2 or 3 beers a week. Figure in the occasional guest, and we're probably at a max of about 14 beers a week, or one keg every 3 to 4 weeks.

If I have 3 on tap, I could end up taking up to 3 months to empty a keg if I drink from them equally. I don't know if that's too long--I've seen differing opinions on how long a keg of homebrew can last. However, I like the idea of having a variety on tap. Maybe I just need to have more parties. What would you guys and gals do?

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Old 01-20-2010, 05:52 PM   #2
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Drink more beer. 3 beers a day seems in order.

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Old 01-20-2010, 05:53 PM   #3
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First off, if you going to lager in the same space, are you prepared to drink ales at 34F? That's flavor destroyingly cold for an ale. For the amount you drink, two taps sounds like plenty, that's all I have. Two different beers on tap is diverse enough for me. Plus, I always have 4 or 5 conditioning in another freezer I can drink if the urge hits me.

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Old 01-20-2010, 06:04 PM   #4
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wildwest450, I have my beer fridge set at 45 right now. I hadn't planned on dropping the keezer to 34 to lager, but was thinking that maybe I could split the difference and keep the keezer at 40. Honestly, though, I haven't looked into what the effects of lagering at a higher temperature will be.

RyanK2, right now drinking more isn't a good option for me. I've actually been looking into brewing more lower ABV beers, because I've been enjoying the flavor more than the buzz lately. Taking care of a screaming baby isn't fun with a hangover.

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What's wrong with just one tap? I have two but usualy only use one. These guys with the 5-8 taps just seams like overkill. I don't think I have the time to brew enough to keep 5-8 taps going.

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Old 01-20-2010, 06:23 PM   #6
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I vote 3 for variety:

Schwarzbier
Flavor of the month
Apfelwein

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Old 01-20-2010, 06:25 PM   #7
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3 taps.

wildwest - can't you just let the beer come up to temp after the pour? delays drinking a bit, but not by much...

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Just took delivery on my 7.0 ft3 GE. Starting cheep with one party tap, and will eventually expand to 2 taps to avoid spending major $$$ right away and aggravating the Boss.....

Gotta believe that 2 or 3 taps is plenty unless you're supplying a fraternity!

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I would go for 3. For me, variety is very important. Just because it's there doesn't mean it HAS to be hooked up, but at least you have the option.

maida7, how would having 5-8 taps make you brew any more often? You drink 5 gallons, you brew 5 gallons, it's not like the 5-8 kegs would go as fast as your 1.

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I vote 3 for variety:

Schwarzbier
Flavor of the month
Apfelwein
Ditto. Drinking it yourself is a reason for MORE taps IMO. This way you don't have to drink 5G straight of the same thing. You at least have variety for those couple months.
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