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Old 02-27-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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That is my question. Is it really that much better? I'm so new at this. I want to transform my old fridge into a kegarator . What are the pro's and cons? I really enjoy a good draft beer one with a lot of drink ability and not filling what kind of brew would be suited for me.

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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The only con to kegging is the initial cost of buying the equipment.

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:23 PM   #3
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I decided to keg instead of bottle because I wanted my beer faster. You have to wait 1-2 weeks after fermentation to get good beer in bottles. You can be drinking your homebrew in only 2-3 days with a keg. The downside is that the startup costs are more expensive than bottling. Eventually I want to brew well enough to enter in local competitions. For that reason I need to learn to bottle a few.

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:25 PM   #4
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Do both. After a year of bottling I finally have a dual draft kegarator. I bottle my beers that need to sit.

The con is the startup cost, and (depending on how you look at it) you will consume more beer. (at least I do)

The pro is faster drinking time, and also easier to keg a batch than bottle.

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:28 PM   #5
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+1 for A4J... Cost is the only reason that most people don't want to start kegging. It is totally worth doing though. When you keg you brew more often, because you have less work to do per batch.
Just because you keg does not mean you can't also bottle. With a counter-pressure filler or Blichmann beer gun you can fill bottles from the keg or you can rack some of the beer to bottles and use carbonation tags if you want to bottle condition beer.

Go kegs! It is the best thing you will ever do to make your brewing more enjoyable.

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:35 PM   #6
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I keg my English Bitters. They taste completely different with very low carbonation than bottled beers, and essentially flat bottled beers just don't taste right.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:01 PM   #7
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Well it looks like I'm keg'n soon! But you say I can still bottle from the keg? And you only have to wait two-three days? I'm all over that !

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:13 PM   #8
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Well it looks like I'm keg'n soon! But you say I can still bottle from the keg? And you only have to wait two-three days? I'm all over that !
Like everything in the hobby the time frame to carb is debatable. Here's a good link

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/keg-...strated-73328/
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:35 PM   #9
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If I'd done the math on how much the kegerator was going to cost when I started gathering the bits, I probably wouldn't have done it. Which would suck because keggings is great.

One advantage not mentioned yet; total control of carbonation level. Too much, purge the keg a few times. Too little, up the pressure.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:40 PM   #10
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I'm slowly accumulating the gear I need as it pops up at a good deal on craigslist. I think I would rather go all grain before sinking the money into a full-on kegging setup.

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