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Old 03-20-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Considering Kegging...what is involved?

Looking to keg in the near future. What am I getting myself into? Is there a good "how to" so I don't have to paint the forum with messages?


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I decided my next video is going to be "anatomy of a homebrew kegging system". Of course, you're probably too anxious to wait. Start by looking at the kegging systems on the homebrew store websites like morebeer.com and others.


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Old 03-20-2007, 04:50 PM   #3
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Car and feeding of a Cornelius Keg
http://brewingtechniques.com/library...lemingsb1.html

Balancing kegging lines
http://hbd.org/clubs/franklin/public...s/balance.html
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So far from looking, about $250 seems to be the cheapest way to get started. I need the lines, CO2 Canister, ball hook-ups, and the kegs themselves right? It seems that I could spend more if I wanted to chill the kegs in a converted fridge with a spigot. Could I store the filled kegs and only cool them before I plan on drinking/tapping them?
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sure! or you can build a jockey box for little ca$h and only cool what you pour. I'm deffinately not a fan of letting your keg get warm and cool over and over.
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You're entering at a bad time. You'll definitely need a fridge to keep your kegs cold, so factor in another hundo.

Check CraigsList for parts. If you don't see what you need, put up a "Want to Buy" ad asking for the parts you're looking for.
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So far from looking, about $250 seems to be the cheapest way to get started. I need the lines, CO2 Canister, ball hook-ups, and the kegs themselves right? It seems that I could spend more if I wanted to chill the kegs in a converted fridge with a spigot. Could I store the filled kegs and only cool them before I plan on drinking/tapping them?
My guesstimate on my stuff is a little more than your $250 mark...not including the Sanyo fridge for $149 at Best Buy.

That included:

3 cornies (Adventures in Brewing, $18 apiece plus shipping, $68 total)
4-way manifold (Midwest, $45)
Single Body Dual Guage Premium Regulator $50 (The Beverage Factory.com)
Air and Liquid hose for three cornies ($30) (The Beverage Factory.com)
Ball Locks for four cornies ($45) (Midwest)
2 Picnic Taps ($8)
1 30Lb CO2 tank (1/2 filled) picked up from guy getting out of the hobby ($50)

If you're going to keg, I definitely recommend you invest in something to keep the beer cold. No sense in running all the way down to the 2 yard line and then deciding to kick a field goal.

Trust me, you'll love kegging. Read, learn and shop. You'll notice I spread my order around to three different places cuz their pricing varied enough and I saved prolly $80 in total.

My advice, get your kegs first. If nothing else you can get familiar with the equipment and they make great secondaries if you go no further.

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I just got four kegs in the mail today. Ill probably take em apart and look at em later. i think i got a good deal on ebay i got 4 kegs all for $100 shipping included. i think i paid about 12 dollars apiece for them.
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I just got four kegs in the mail today. Ill probably take em apart and look at em later. i think i got a good deal on ebay i got 4 kegs all for $100 shipping included. i think i paid about 12 dollars apiece for them.
Best $100 you'll ever spend.
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Sweet looking Brewski there BierMuncher! Hmmm, it's making me thirsty.

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