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Old 04-07-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default Rookie trying to build a kegerator, lots of questions.

Hey guys! How are you, very excited to join this forum.

Let me apologize in advance, if my questions are stupid I am brand new to the homebrew game.

A coworker of mine turned me on to brewing, I brewed two beers (amber ale - was delicious; and oatmeal stout - blew up all over my walls - salvaged 4 gallons and it's currently bottled and waiting for carbonation). After hearing that if you keg your beer, you do not have to wait 5 weeks for carbonation, I am very excited to try that... lets just say patience is not my virtue.

I am trying to build my first kegerator and those are pricey, so I have been hitting up friends and craigslist to see what I can scrounge up to build a kegerator system.

So far I got my hands on Nitrogen tank, regulator and a courney keg. I called around welding shops and it looks like a couple of local places will NOT fill my tank with CO2. Not sure why, but will have to roll with the punches.

Reading this forum and doing some googling I am seeing that nitrogenation of beer is acceptable as long as you stick with your maltier brews (apparently it kills the bitters and hoppy tastes).

I guess my questions, are:
Is this true? Is it possible to use Nitrogen tank to do this?
If not, is there a place I can get Nitrogen tank filled with CO2 - if I buy an adaptor or say some special word?
Is it possible or a good idea to try to trade it for CO2 Tank?
I guess any tips regarding this would be awesome, thank you so much. FYI, i am a huge fan of stouts/porters/red ales/brown ales. Not really a fan of IPAs - I guess with the exception of Black IPAs.
Any special configurations with pleasure or fridge temps? For either Nitrogen or CO2
Do I need a special tap? Since I want to do it on a cheap (to start with, then upgrade with time) can I get a way with a regular tap?

Like I said, I am a complete rook, and would love to learn from experienced members!

Any other tips on building a kegorator would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

Not sure if possible, one thing I would love to consider into design, is portability. I would love to be able to just grab the keg the tank and go to a tailgate with my homebrew (toss it on ice) and enjoy nice brew while supporting my alma mater!

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Old 04-07-2012, 04:54 AM   #2
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Get a co2 tank trade your other tank if you can I got a 15 lbs. Tank for 43.00 at my local welding shop. I Owen it now and it is only 12.00 to refill it. I got a tap kit with everything needed from homebrew stuff for 128.00 quick shipping!! Good luck!!

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