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Well fellas, I just went to a game this weekend and ran into another home brewer that brought a couple kegs. Went over and BS'ed with him a bit and what little part of me was still on the fence about kegging jumped off. I just ordered up 2 4 packs from ebay for those 'one eared' kegs from Beverage Elements.

Now, I have to price out keezer builds...
 

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I have 2 of the 'one eared' kegs and like them. Not a bad choice.... However.... the full collar ones stack and can be turned upside down when cleaning or rinsing the insides easier. But... I would take 8 kegs of any kind over 425 12oz bottles, 320 16oz bottles, 230 22oz.. any day of the week.
Now for the keezer build.. I prefer a bottom freezer refrigerator. This gets the tap handles to a better height.
 
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I like the 4 tap, 5+ keg chest freezer (7-9 ft) builds with a collar. That's what I will be going with. CO2 tank inside on the hump. Still unsure on what kind of regulators I would be going with, be it a single with a quad manifold or the four regulators. Very exciting.
 
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Just ordered from kegconnections. Got their 4 faucet setup for the keezer build. Next up, I have to go check out some chest freezers.
 
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Picked up the 7.0 cu ft GE for $176.40 w/tax from the hardware store. Checked on pieces for the collar.
 

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It gets expensive at first but pulling a pint and not having to deal with a million dirty bottles is well worth it for me.
 

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Picked up the 7.0 cu ft GE for $176.40 w/tax from the hardware store. Checked on pieces for the collar.
The collar build can be kind of a tough one in that it really requires you to make a decision you can't easily change and isn't something you can just buy and put in place.

Best advice I can give is to take your time with it and really think about all aspects of mounting hardware, dimensions and construction.

It gets expensive at first but pulling a pint and not having to deal with a million dirty bottles is well worth it for me.
For me it's become the difference between being a homebrewer and not being a homebrewer. Bottling was the reason I walked away from the hobby three times in ten years. Now I've got 4 carboys sitting and fermenting.
 

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Kegging is by far the best thing I've done. even being in a small apt, I found a mini-fridge that holds two kegs and the 5#co2 on the inside. If you have the space, go big though, now that you won't be bottling you'll be more interested in brewing...
 

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Kegging is by far the best thing I've done. even being in a small apt, I found a mini-fridge that holds two kegs and the 5#co2 on the inside. If you have the space, go big though, now that you won't be bottling you'll be more interested in brewing...

I agree. Plus you will use the keezer not only for serving kegs but for kegs that are lagering as well.
 

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I like the 4 tap, 5+ keg chest freezer (7-9 ft) builds with a collar. That's what I will be going with. CO2 tank inside on the hump. Still unsure on what kind of regulators I would be going with, be it a single with a quad manifold or the four regulators. Very exciting.
Great decision as long as you have the room to hold the chest freezer. That is what I went with and although it does have an upfront cost it is much better than finding room to store and clean all the bottles that each keg will replace.
 
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For me it's become the difference between being a homebrewer and not being a homebrewer. Bottling was the reason I walked away from the hobby three times in ten years. Now I've got 4 carboys sitting and fermenting.
Bingo.
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Update: 8 one-eared kegs are sitting in my living room. I pulled one out of the box and while it is holding the pressure that it was shipped with, it smells of a light caramel soda scent. So, I will have to order some O-ring kits and keg lube to get rid of it before I lose a batch to off-flavors. I was fully expecting that though.
 

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It gets expensive at first but pulling a pint and not having to deal with a million dirty bottles is well worth it for me.
Truth. I'd recommend going in stages so you don't hurt your wallet too much. I'm finally wrapping up my 3 tap keezer after about a year and 650 bucks invested in the project. The biggest hit was the 1st keg, regulator, CO2 tank, temp controller and temp controller.
 

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