Originally Posted by fireballbrewer
you would need a co2 tank, lines and connections plus a thumb pour valve.
you can still carb with sugar...but why? force carb in about 3days vs 2-3 weeks with sugar
i use a 5lb co2 tanks and i get 6-7 kegs out of one tank.
force carb is easy, set the reg about 25psi and give the keg a shake and forget about it, your done.
I like to prime my kegs and naturally carbonate, because I use less CO2, and I can store the kegs disconnected. If the pipeline is full, the time to naturally carbonate is no problem.
OP, you'll need a CO2 bottle, regulator, gas line, fittings, and disconnects (ball or pin lock) for your keg(s). Ball-lock seems to be more common. If you have a refrigerator to store your kegs in, it works better, but isn't 100% required.
You do need a way to dispense beer. Picnic taps are inexpensive, but prone to foaming if the line is less than about 10 feet long. I recently changed out one of my picnic taps from a 5' line to a 10' line, and the pour from the picnic tap is much better.
If you have a short line, or are dispensing at cellar temperature, you'll have to turn the CO2 pressure way down and blow off some of the gas in the keg headspace to get a good pour. You'll go through gas a lot faster than if you can store and dispense chilled beer.