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Old 03-03-2013, 01:30 AM   #1
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Default Need advice on kegging equipment

Here is my situation. I have a refrigerator in the garage that I want to turn into a kegerator. I have the money to do it and its burning a hole in my pocket.

I would like for it to have 3 total taps for now.

2 Ė 5 Gallon Corny kegs for my home brew. I can fit more than that but for now only two.

Now donít flame me for this next part, but I would also like a third tap for kegs that I would like to buy commercially from my favorite local craft brewery. I have room for a 15.5 gallon keg and the two 5 gallon cornys in my fridge along with a Co2 tank also Iím pretty sure.

I need to know what I need to buy equipment wise. I have just bought two ball lock corny kegs from craiglist. I know I need new O rings and keg lube, but thatís about it. I have been reading and researching like mad trying to figure it out but need help.

The brewery I want to buy beer from has the 15.5 gallon Ĺ barrel and the 1/6 barrel also.

Are the connections the same for those sizes of commercial kegs?

Ideally I would like to get the 15 gallon keg when I buy, but I have to directly ask how long will it last and remain fresh and tasty in the keg when its hooked up on my system?

If it would be bad in the time it would take me to drink it then I would like the option of the smaller commercial keg or possible others from other companies.
What equipment is needed for the corny kegs and how does that differ? Would one Co2 tank work for all three taps if its setup correctly? Would it require a big multigage regulator?
I would appreciate any advice and answers you might have.


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Old 03-03-2013, 02:04 AM   #2
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I know 1/2 bbl kegs do not have the same connections, and I'm not sure about the 1/6 ones. You can use 1 co2 tank and you'll need either a single gauge regulator and a 3 way splitter or a 3 gauge regulator. You'll need the taps and tubing and connections to hook them all together. I'm sure others can go in to more detail as I don't have a kegorator setup myself.


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Old 03-03-2013, 02:14 AM   #3
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Thanks Tony but I know the connections are separate. Just need more insight into how to best set this up.
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Have you seen the kegging FAQ sticky at the top of this forum? Lots of links with all the info you should need. I'll add another:

http://morebeer.com/content/kegging-homebrew

Edit: another link regarding couplers for commercial kegs
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Thanks for the help. I still have a few specific questions.
I have found a sanke conversion to faucet kit for 199 it has its own co2 tank.
I have also found a kit for two corny kegs, but it also comes with a co2 tank.
Isnt there a way I could do this with one co2 tank?

also i would still like to know:

15.5 gallon Ĺ barrel and the 1/6 barrel

Are the connections the same for those sizes of commercial kegs?
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Definitely go with keg connection and email them with what you would like to do. On my keezer I have four taps total. Two are interchangeable with sanke kegs for when I am too lazy to brew. Its really just a matter of swivel connections that fit on the lines you want to be interchangeable with sanke. But it was a pain in the xxx to do it myself and took multiple trips to the homebrew store.

Keg connection is close to cheapest and will custom make what you want. My friends just did the exact same thing except two taps interchangeable instead of one.
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Yes you can do it with one CO2 tank.
The different sized commercial kegs would all fit commercial couplers, but as you see in the second link I referenced not all brands of beer use the same type of valve. Most in the US are going to be the D type, but you can read the long list of others on that site for yourself.

I think mosquito's suggestion is a good one. They should be able to help you with which fittings/adapters you would need.
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I have a three tap keezer that is currently set up for two corny kegs and one sanke style commercial keg.

I have one CO2 tank that connects to a three way manifold. I use a 1/4" MFL manifold so that I will be able to change from corny to sanke using a wrench.

http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/843459.htm This piece can be used instead of barbs on the shanks and the commercial keg coupler.

Send me a PM and I can type up a list of everything I used to set up my taps.
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Here is the list of parts and equipment I think I need.
All parts and prices from ritebrew.com

drip tray 10 inches $26.49
Co2 tank 5 gallon $60.99
sanke keg coupler $24.49
4 way gas splitter $34.99
perlick perl faucet $55.47 x3 18.49
regulator $53.49
shank assembly 3.5 w/ 3/16 barb $10.19 x3 10.19
beer line $10.00 x20 ft 0.49
Co2 tubing $11.00 x10 ft 0.69
Hose clamp large $12.00 x20 .59 each


$299.11


I added the 4 way splitter since it was very little more than 3 way.
I think this would work to have three taps with one being a dedicated sanke tap.

I would appreciate feedback
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I think you're missing the disconnects for the corny kegs (ball lock or pin lock depending on your kegs - you'll need one gas and one liquid disconnect for each). I'd also highly recommend you get a splitter/manifold with check valves for the homebrew lines. Or maybe you just have one at the regulator?


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