OK - newbie with a first post but hours and hours of trolling and reading.
First let me thank all those that post so the ones that follow can learn from your successes and…not so successes.
I have been begging, prodding, coaxing my better half to let me start home brewing. She has finally caved!
So in all the research, I am looking at all the projects to come…one which will be dispensing equipment. We currently have a standard one barrel kegerator which I will sell…to small for what I will want to have if I home brew.
My question is simple…although not posed at the front of this post:
Is it better to build a keezer (estimate cost at least $800 for a 6-8 corny set-up) or seek a commercial kegerator from CL? I am in an urban area where restaurant equipment is frequently available on CL. In fact, there is a six tap set up on CL right now for about a grand on a five year old Beverage Air unit.
Obviously cost is everything in this economy…but this is/will be a hobby and cutting corners today and then spending money tomorrow to make up for the cut corners never sits well with me.
Any thoughts from the group? I am leaning on a commercial kegerator. Cost is about the same, units should (SHOULD) last about the same (residential deep freezer verse commercial kegerator) and there is zero labor involved with purchasing a kegerator. Also, if there was a broken mechanical part, commercial units are more readily fixed (albeit at a price). I also like the front door loading aspect.
Please let me know what you think.