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Old 04-25-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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I will be acquiring a few kegs in a few days. I would like to eventually do a three tap tower with an under counter kegerator at my bar. However, I cannot afford the kegerator at this time. I was wanting to just put one in my big fridge with a party tap till I can get the rest of my stuff. However I do not want to waste money rebuying stuff.
Should I get a three port reg or get a three port secondary later.
What size tank?
Anything else I need besides seals and cleaner I will need?

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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I will be acquiring a few kegs in a few days. I would like to eventually do a three tap tower with an under counter kegerator at my bar.
However, I cannot afford the kegerator at this time. I was wanting to just put one in my big fridge with a party tap till I can get the rest of my stuff. However I do not want to waste money
What exactly are you seeking advice on?
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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What exactly are you seeking advice on?
Had to edit, sorry. First time posted it didn't get half of my post. Stupid phone.

Just best options to buy and have one keg running now, with option to have up to three later. Without wasting money.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:44 PM   #4
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Are you keeping the CO2 tank in the fridge? If you are, I'd buy the biggest one that fits with your kegs. If not, buy the biggest one you can afford/store. It'll make your fills much cheaper, and it'll last a lot longer. I have a 10# but if I wish I'd grabbed a 20#.

And you can go the secondary regulator option, or use a single regulator with splitters or a manifold, or use a dual regulator with one splitter. It depends how much you want to spend and how much control you want over carb levels.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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I will be acquiring a few kegs in a few days. I would like to eventually do a three tap tower with an under counter kegerator at my bar. However, I cannot afford the kegerator at this time. I was wanting to just put one in my big fridge with a party tap till I can get the rest of my stuff. However I do not want to waste money rebuying stuff.
Should I get a three port reg or get a three port secondary later.
What size tank?
Anything else I need besides seals and cleaner I will need?
This is the most economical way to get started out of the gates with a picnic tap: http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/keg-ki...dard-homebrew/

Then when you want to add a a couple additional kegs, just grab some gas tubing, quick disconnects, and one of these to expand your CO2 into 3 kegs: http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/3-way-...-with-shutoff/

And then you connect one of these to dispense your 3 kegs: http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/premiu...triple-faucet/

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:32 PM   #6
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Are you keeping the CO2 tank in the fridge? If you are, I'd buy the biggest one that fits with your kegs. If not, buy the biggest one you can afford/store. It'll make your fills much cheaper, and it'll last a lot longer. I have a 10# but if I wish I'd grabbed a 20#.

And you can go the secondary regulator option, or use a single regulator with splitters or a manifold, or use a dual regulator with one splitter. It depends how much you want to spend and how much control you want over carb levels.
Thanks

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This is the most economical way to get started out of the gates with a picnic tap: http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/keg-ki...dard-homebrew/

Then when you want to add a a couple additional kegs, just grab some gas tubing, quick disconnects, and one of these to expand your CO2 into 3 kegs: http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/3-way-...-with-shutoff/

And then you connect one of these to dispense your 3 kegs: http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/premiu...triple-faucet/
I will look over those links.

Any difference between a regulator with a three way splitter/secondary or a three way regulator besides ability to set carb pressures and price?

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Any difference between a regulator with a three way splitter/secondary or a three way regulator besides ability to set carb pressures and price?
Well a secondary and splitter are very different. A secondary would give you the ability to change the pressure, so say you have 30 PSI coming from your primary reg, you could use a relatively pricey 3-body secondary to give you 3 lower pressures on your 3 kegs. Or you could have 12 PSI going in, and use a cheap splitter to give you 12 PSI on all 3 kegs. You could also have the 12 PSI go to a manifold with ball valves, which is a little cleaner and easier to deal with.

But price and independent carb levels are the 2 big factors, another is space and another is the location of your tank. You don't want 3 holes in your fridge if the tank is outside. Or maybe you have room for a splitter in your fridge, but not a 3-body secondary. Etc. It depends where you want the tank.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:06 PM   #8
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Gotcha, thanks.

But either way it is feasible to go with a single reg now and chose a splitter or secondary later depending in my set up?
Sorry, all completely new, but looking forward to learning.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:12 PM   #9
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Absolutely. A splitter/manifold can be as cheap or fancy as you want, and it's easy to add on later.

Manifold:
http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/4-way-...-with-shutoff/

Wye fitting that screws into reg:
http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/wye-sp...bly-5-16-barb/

Cheap!!
http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=222

Just make sure you use hose clamps, and make sure you check for leaks.

 
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:03 AM   #10
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How drastic is the carb levels for different styles?

I brew all kinds of stuff, really whatever strikes my mood at that time. Is it worth it for me to get and way to regulate kegs differently? Which styles are way off from others?

 
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