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Old 07-30-2008, 06:53 PM   #1
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SO I have been scouring the homebrew equipment sales sites for a few days now in search of some quality components to start my kegging operation with. Here is what I have come up with so far. If anyone has any input on any of these items or on the company that is selling them feel free to critique as i am not set on these items since some of you may know something that I don't.


From MicroMatic...

- metal housed 2 gauge co2 regulator - $52.95
http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-...s-pid-642.html
the classic series looks good too though any one have experience with them? http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-...s-pid-342.html

-#5 aluminum co2 tank - $56.95
http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-...d-430A-5E.html
I am also trying to find a local beergas supplier to see if they sell anything locally for cheap. I may be able to get a hold of a used one from them that is bigger if i can find one.

the hoses and fitting i will order from whoever i buy my regulator or tank from and put them together myself.

What does everyone think?


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Old 07-30-2008, 07:02 PM   #2
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I got the 2 keg setup through kegconnection.com, and I've been happy with it. You might save a little by picking up various parts from different stores, but probably not enough to make it worthwhile imho. Plus, the shipping costs will be more. I suggest that you look at kegconnection. They are on ebay too, and you can save a little more that way. Whatever way you go, you will love kegging and never look back.


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Old 07-30-2008, 07:07 PM   #3
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I was going to price it out the same way but kegconnection has the cornies packaged in as well so I'm really thinking about going that route.

 
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I got the 2 keg setup through kegconnection.com, and I've been happy with it. You might save a little by picking up various parts from different stores, but probably not enough to make it worthwhile imho. Plus, the shipping costs will be more. I suggest that you look at kegconnection. They are on ebay too, and you can save a little more that way. Whatever way you go, you will love kegging and never look back.
well so far im looking at getting everything from micromatic...so the shipping costs will be equivalent to any other site... im more concerned about long term durability and quality than saving money. obviously i want to go as low on the dollar count as i can... but im willing to spend more if it means i get better gear.
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I was going to price it out the same way but kegconnection has the cornies packaged in as well so I'm really thinking about going that route.
yeah i also thought about that... but i just ordered a 4 pack of cornys from CHI company that should be here today so im not so sure i care about getting anymore just yet.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:10 PM   #6
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The classic series would be fine, it just isn't as pretty, and you need a screwdriver to adjust the pressure.
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The classic series would be fine, it just isn't as pretty, and you need a screwdriver to adjust the pressure.
do you think there is any real advantage between the two other than the screwdriver vs. knob?

the premium looks nicer since it is all metal exterior. i assume that it would be more durable in the long run because of that. but i have only used retail equipment in the past when i worked in a bar or restaurant. so im not sure how these compare to the commercial ones.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:15 PM   #8
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The 2 gauge regulator is a waste of money IMHO. All you need to know is the pressure in the corny keg. The pressure of your gas cylinder bears no relation whatsoever to how much gas you have in the tank, until one day when it suddenly goes from 500 PSI to 0 PSI, then you know it's empty. So you can save yourself $10 or so there. I would save the money and put it toward a spare tank instead.
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You'll need some sort of splitter if you are going to hook up more than 1 keg for either of those. If you are, then I'd suggestion this http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-...pid-342-2.html
Adjusting the pressure with a driver/coin is not a big deal.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:22 PM   #10
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You'll need some sort of splitter if you are going to hook up more than 1 keg for either of those. If you are, then I'd suggestion this http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-...pid-342-2.html
Adjusting the pressure with a driver/coin is not a big deal.
right now i plan on just one keg at a time for at least the next year. no keezer building or anything. one 5 gal corny will fit in my fridge if i take out the shelves on one side. If i decide to do more kegs ill prolly just buy a whole new set up and use the one im purchasing now to build something portable or sell it to a friend or something.


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