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Old 04-03-2009, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default Want to start kegging but...

I am kind of shocked at the prices of a basic keg set up. Like this:

Brew Logic Dual Tap Draft System- with Reconditioned CO2 Tank :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

am I just **** out of luck and have to cough up 200 bucks for 2 reconditioned kegs, reconditioned 5 #co2 tank and picnic taps?

with a setup such as this can you replace the black end piece of the picnic tap with a nicer tap handle?

also, with the dual regulator can you use one line to force carb and split the other line into two for two dispensing kegs instead of just one? If so, what extra parts would i need?

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Old 04-03-2009, 02:14 AM   #2
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Look on craigslist, I found most if my stuff on there. Some cheaper than others, but you can always talk 'em down.

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Old 04-03-2009, 02:16 AM   #3
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Well price is a relative thing I suppose but most start up keg kits I've priced have been around $150 and thats just with one keg. If they're throwing in two I don't think that's out of line.

Keep in mind that a big chunk of the cost is a one time shot other than refilling your C02 tank. When you factor in the time spent filling and cleaning bottles, $200 isn't all that out of line. If it is, you probably need to rethink the hobby.

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Old 04-03-2009, 02:23 AM   #4
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Dual reg or dual gauge? Most setups sold are dual gauge so you can read tank pressure(what a laugh). If it is a dual reg than yes you could run two different pressures off of it. Definitely watch craigs list. I get spare cornies in town for $25 ea. Buying the kit to start would reduce the headache of learning so you could drink beer while you learned. One missing part with two full kegs would drive me nuts.

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I've been looking on craigs for at least 2 weeks with not a single hit. I live in TN and well... yea...****ville. lol

The descriptions says

"You are able to control the pressure in each keg individually. What this means it that you can be drinking out of one keg, while the other is carbonating."

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"a double dual gauge regulator that tells you how much pressure you have on each keg as well as how much CO2 you have left"

So what am I suppose to take from that? If i can control pressure in each it would be a regulator right? ...but it says double dual gauge as well... Could someone check the picture / inform me for certain before I order? thanks again. Forgive my kegging ignorance.

Edit: also what about connecting a tower or spicket to the picnic tap's tube?

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I just took a look at the set up you linked to. You will be able to have 2 lines with different pressure. That's a pretty good deal for what you get. Also I agree with Beerthirty that, if you get the kit, you won't have to worry about forgetting anything by piecing it together yourself. If you're worried about $200 then I wouldn't be thinking too much about towers and tap handles as you'd be adding quite a bit to your costs. I wish my initial set-up had that regulator.

If you're serious about getting into kegging I'd go for this kit. You won't regret it. Then once you've gotten into it a bit you'll be better equipped to upgrade later.

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That is a dual reg, dual gauge system. Yes, you would be able to serve and carb at the same time. For the faucet question. There are available faucet/ cornie out connectors available. You would remove your serving line and connector from the keg and plug the faucet/connector assembly onto the keg. the faucet would sit on top of the keg. Beyond that you would need a shank and faucet and a place to mount the shank(through a fridge door or through a keezer collar. I have a fauct/connector combo that I use when a keg is taken to a party.

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It is a dual regulator system with a third gauge to monitor tank pressure. The other poster was referring to the fact that the tank gauge is largely useless because the tank stays at the same pressure until the tank is virtually empty and then just drops to zero all at once.

Personally I found $200 to be a bargain once I started to price out the pieces individually. With a fridge I spent $380 and had two kegs of cold beer on tap in my kitchen. For another $100 even I had four more kegs to keep the pipeline very full.

As far as splitting for two kegs and a force carb line, I'm not sure the expense justifies it. It is easy to just unsnap one of the gas quick disconnects from a keg and pop it on the keg you want to carb to pressurize it. But then again I only have a two keg fridge so I would not be able to have three kegs connected at once regardless.

Finally, if you are going to go with a tower then get that kit instead, don't waste the money on the picnic taps and associated lines. (My wife drew the line at having a tower in our kitchen. Without the tower I have made a nice hardwood countertop on top of the fridge. Nice compromise for us both.)

Edit: PS: I was shocked too at those prices! I couldn't believe I could get a full two keg kegging system for only $200! I wasn't even thinking about kegging until I saw how cheaply I could get started. Isn't it great!

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plug the faucet/connector assembly onto the keg. the faucet would sit on top of the keg.
How does this work with balancing the system? As it was I had to upgrade to 10' lines over the 5' ones. Wouldn't the faucet connector assembly just shoot out pure foam?

I've seen these things and they appeal to me because I have so much hose and so little space I just don't have faith that they would balance out as well.
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I foresee me purchasing this in a day or so.

One last question:
When beer in the keg is fully carbed is there a way you can disconnect it from the co2 and take it to a party per sey without needing a pump? I only ask because if i can't simply put extra psi in the keg before i disconnect I'll be ordering a hand pump too.

Perhaps extra psi before disconnect would only dispense half the keg before it went dead? (that's just my skewed logic talking)

Gracias

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