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Old 04-24-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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Just out of curiosity, how much does kegging cost to start up?

I've heard that over time I will want to start kegging, but am curious as to how much I need to save up if/when that time comes.....

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I'd say minimum $250, unless someone is giving you a bunch of their equipment for free/reduced cost. Probably more.

I got in for about that, back when I was able to get used kegs for under $20/ea, and found a free chest freezer in a local free swap publication.

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I think even 250 is low unless you find some great deals and get things used. I had a friend give me his old kegerator free, but it was nasty so I had to replace all the tubing and the faucet as well as convert it to homebrew kegs. Just replacing those parts and buying 1 keg was over $100. Even if you got a fridge for free, I think you'd easily spend $200 in parts, not counting the kegs.

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Reconditioned keg - $55
Picnic Tap - $13
5 lb CO2 tank - $80
Regulator - $60
Gas line/fittings - $10
TOTAL - ~$218

This is a bare bones setup, which is how I started. I just kept one keg in my kitchen fridge. Eventually I got fed up with how much space it took up in there and built myself a 3 tap kegerator. That cost MUCH more, but fortunately you don't have to start there. You can just buy the stuff I mentioned above and upgrade later. There are also relatively cheap keezer builds out there (see the "collar" keezer builds on this forum), but require a few more items than what I stated above (chest freezer, temp controller, perlick tap, etc).

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I just built a two tap keezer with used kegs. Kegging stuff cost me around $375 for 2 kegs, all hoses/connections, regulator, co2 tank and faucets. The freezer was a gift but was around $120 and the parts to convert it to a keezer ran about $130. So all in, that's about $625 for a nice 2 tap, temperature controlled system. Worth it for me as I know ill use it for the next decade or more. I'm sure ill add more taps/kegs too over the next few years running the total up.

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If you build your own kegerator you can get started for under $400 for sure.

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If you build your own kegerator you can get started for under $400 for sure.
400?....you're going to have to do some serious scrounging and shopping, to keep it around that for a kegorator.

I stopped tallying mine up after I broke the thousand dollar ceiling. including the $180 for my 7 cu chest freezer. It's got 3 taps though it can hold 5 kegs. I bought 4 kegs for about $140, Spent about $360 on on the co2 tank and regulator, and all the stuff necessary for the gas and liquid lines (including tap hardware and lines,) I spent about $160 for a secondary regulator. $30 for my Ebay Temp controller. Everything else was lumber, stain, insulation, sealer, silicone, and all the miscellaneous hardware and crap from home depot and harbor freight, including the electrical stuff for the temp controller..

I also ended up buying an orbital sander and a saws-all.

I spent $44 on a 12" drip tray, and another $30 for a nice old time bottle opener and cap catcher for decoration.

It came out to be much more than I expected, but it's sweet.

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400?....you're going to have to do some serious scrounging and shopping, to keep it around that for a kegorator.

I stopped tallying mine up after I broke the thousand dollar ceiling. including the $180 for my 7 cu chest freezer. It's got 3 taps though it can hold 5 kegs. I bought 4 kegs for about $140, Spent about $360 on on the co2 tank and regulator, and all the stuff necessary for the gas and liquid lines (including tap hardware and lines,) I spent about $160 for a secondary regulator. $30 for my Ebay Temp controller. Everything else was lumber, stain, insulation, sealer, silicone, and all the miscellaneous hardware and crap from home depot and harbor freight, including the electrical stuff for the temp controller..

I also ended up buying an orbital sander and a saws-all.

I spent $44 on a 12" drip tray, and another $30 for a nice old time bottle opener and cap catcher for decoration.

It came out to be much more than I expected, but it's sweet.


I got my danby fridge brand new on CL in the box for $100. My kegerator conversion kit was just under $300 including two refurbished kegs CO2 bottle, and two tap tower from beveragefactory.com.
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I just made the plunge. $320.00 out the door for 2 kegs, a filled 10lb co2 tank, dual regulator, 2 picnic faucets. I had an old fridge in my basement anyway, so I just house them in there for now. But I am eyeing a Danby 4.4 cu mini-fridge that does not have freezer for $169. So when I add in the 2 taps for the door, I'd say about $550 total for a full set up, housed in its own mini-fridge.

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I just made the plunge. $320.00 out the door for 2 kegs, a filled 10lb co2 tank, dual regulator, 2 picnic faucets. I had an old fridge in my basement anyway, so I just house them in there for now. But I am eyeing a Danby 4.4 cu mini-fridge that does not have freezer for $169. So when I add in the 2 taps for the door, I'd say about $550 total for a full set up, housed in its own mini-fridge.
The Danbys are nice, here's mine....

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