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Title: Went Shopping - there's pictures...
Post by: gmac on November 01, 2012, 10:28:53 PM
I mentioned in a kegging question that I bought a bunch of stuff from a restaurant that was going out of business.  Based on the lack of response, I'm guessing no one knew what I was describing so here are some pictures of the stuff I bought. 

First thing I bought was this large kegerator.  I'm guessing it will hold at least 6 cornies.  I think it held two 1/2 barrel kegs and 3 1/4 barrel kegs.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it cause it's too big for my house.  Paid $350 for it - good deal or not?
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/Kegerator.jpg)

Here's a close-up of the taps, there is a 3 tap tower and a 2 tap tower with creamer taps.
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20121101-00010.jpg)

I also got some kegs and the fittings I was asking about are these.  I may convert these to cornie fittings if I can't get these to work (love having a friend with a machine shop...)
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20121101-00007.jpg)

Also got a mixed bag of kegs that have been in the restaurant for at least 2 years (since it closed).  Mostly wanted the gas tank.
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20121101-00005.jpg)

The last buy (and by far the heaviest) was this bottle cooler that I plan to yank the racks out of and make into a sweet cornie lagering cooler.  Not sure how many cornies it will fit but I'm betting I can get 10 in there easily.  Paid $400 for it which was too much but I got a stainless steel sink thrown into the deal for nothing so I'm ok with that.  Also got another stainless wash sink, back splash, side table and spray head for $50.
(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae241/cancichfan/IMG-20121101-00004.jpg)

So, I'm done my Christmas shopping early this year (well, except for that charcuterie book I want)...
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Post by: denny on November 01, 2012, 10:32:29 PM
Where's the jealousy emoticon?  Good score, man.
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Post by: tubercle on November 01, 2012, 10:51:02 PM
Dude! 8) 8) 8)
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Post by: dannyjed on November 01, 2012, 10:55:21 PM
I think you got a great deal..nice score! 
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Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 02, 2012, 03:29:55 AM
Whoa, nice score!   8)
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Post by: thebigbaker on November 02, 2012, 03:59:06 AM
Very good score, congrats!
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Post by: tschmidlin on November 02, 2012, 04:35:16 AM
Looks awesome!
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Post by: theDarkSide on November 02, 2012, 01:23:51 PM
And this is why you are "Brewer of the Week".  Nice score.  I do wonder what they will do to your electric bill though.  Maybe you can score some solar panels somewhere  ;D
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Post by: blatz on November 02, 2012, 01:26:37 PM
incredible!!
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 02, 2012, 01:33:07 PM
Good deal? Yes.  :o
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Post by: weithman5 on November 02, 2012, 01:44:22 PM
what do you mean no room for?  it is obviously already in position.  way to go.
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Post by: Joe Sr. on November 02, 2012, 02:27:33 PM
Now I'll spend all day scanning Craigslist for restaurant liquidation sales...  Jealous.  Love the tap towers and the stout faucets.
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Post by: weithman5 on November 02, 2012, 07:24:03 PM
Now I'll spend all day scanning Craigslist for restaurant liquidation sales...  Jealous.  Love the tap towers and the stout faucets.

i have found them before, just no place to put the stuff. 
Title: Re: Went Shopping - there's pictures...
Post by: gmac on November 02, 2012, 08:50:15 PM

i have found them before, just no place to put the stuff.

What do you mean?  According to you above, you just set it anywhere and it's good to go... :)

The german kegs are proving to be a challenge.  The tap that I have doesn't seem to want to fit.  I'm gonna guess that its an A style and the kegs are M style.  So, we will be pulling the tops/spears and making caps for them and put them to use as lagering kegs.  Gonna have to siphon out of them into a cornie for serving but that's ok since it will keep at least 4 cornies from being used for lagering.  Or, I may drill and tap them and try to put cornie fittings on them. 

Thanks all, the approval of peers is what I live for.
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Post by: tom on November 02, 2012, 08:57:04 PM
The 1/4 barrels are great to ferment in.  I have 2 of the "slim" 1/4 kegs.  They are 7.75 gallons, as tall as a cornie and slightly wider.
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Post by: weithman5 on November 02, 2012, 09:57:24 PM

i have found them before, just no place to put the stuff.

What do you mean?  According to you above, you just set it anywhere and it's good to go... :)
touche. however i have no indoor place. i suppose it could sit on the deck, but then i would have to find a way to heat this
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Post by: liquidbrewing on November 05, 2012, 12:18:02 AM
Great deal!  You can return most of those kegs to your local liquor stores and get a deposit back.  In my area, for those six kegs, I would get $300.00 back in deposits.  But I do like the idea of fermenting in the 1/4 barrels.
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Post by: gmac on November 05, 2012, 04:00:17 AM
We took one of the german slip ons apart.  I'm really thinking of just having some plastic caps made that screw on and using them lagering tanks.  I figure I can add some generic threaded fittings pretty easily and then transfer in and out of them under CO2.  The idea would be to transfer from the fermenter, carbonate and store in these 1/4 barrels and then transfer to another sanitized keg for serving/bottling.  Hopefully then I can have clean beer with no sediment that I can transport.  I hate when I move a keg, even slightly some times, and then I have to wait and waste beer while it re-settles.
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Post by: Jimmy K on November 05, 2012, 03:13:35 PM
You could probably sell that giant kegerator for enough money to buy a new small one that you can use in your house!
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Post by: gmac on November 05, 2012, 03:19:22 PM
You could probably sell that giant kegerator for enough money to buy a new small one that you can use in your house!
That's what I was hoping.  I know a couple guys that have "man caves" in their garages/barn that would be big enough to handle something like that.  Problem is, do you need 5 taps all serving Busch or Blue?  These guys are hardcore crap beer drinkers.

I did have this other silly idea of putting it on wheels and trying to see if anyone was interested in renting it for parties.  Might work, might be a pain in the arse. 
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Post by: tschmidlin on November 06, 2012, 06:45:58 AM
You could probably sell that giant kegerator for enough money to buy a new small one that you can use in your house!
That's what I was hoping.  I know a couple guys that have "man caves" in their garages/barn that would be big enough to handle something like that.  Problem is, do you need 5 taps all serving Busch or Blue?  These guys are hardcore crap beer drinkers.
You can serve wine on tap too, plus a soda for the kids.  One line for Blue, one for Genuine Lager, one for Ice eh?
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 06, 2012, 12:52:50 PM
You could probably sell that giant kegerator for enough money to buy a new small one that you can use in your house!
That's what I was hoping.  I know a couple guys that have "man caves" in their garages/barn that would be big enough to handle something like that.  Problem is, do you need 5 taps all serving Busch or Blue?  These guys are hardcore crap beer drinkers.
You can serve wine on tap too, plus a soda for the kids.  One line for Blue, one for Genuine Lager, one for Ice eh?
This. Cider and Mead too!
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Post by: euge on November 06, 2012, 04:02:14 PM
Very nice score! A recent visit to a used restaurant equipment warehouse showcased the same cooler and kegerator for about 6 times each what you paid for them. I was shocked at how much they wanted for obviously "used" equipment.

You could certainly make a profit out of the kegerator and buy a new smaller one for yourself and have cash in your pocket!
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Post by: Jimmy K on November 08, 2012, 01:28:48 PM
You could probably sell that giant kegerator for enough money to buy a new small one that you can use in your house!
That's what I was hoping.  I know a couple guys that have "man caves" in their garages/barn that would be big enough to handle something like that.  Problem is, do you need 5 taps all serving Busch or Blue?  These guys are hardcore crap beer drinkers.
You can serve wine on tap too, plus a soda for the kids.  One line for Blue, one for Genuine Lager, one for Ice eh?
This. Cider and Mead too!
Yeah, because ALL the Busch drinkers are into mead.  ;D
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Post by: Jimmy K on November 08, 2012, 01:33:25 PM
That's what I was hoping.  I know a couple guys that have "man caves" in their garages/barn that would be big enough to handle something like that.  Problem is, do you need 5 taps all serving Busch or Blue?  These guys are hardcore crap beer drinkers.
Don't worry, those guys are not thinking "Damn! I'm having a party and all I have is PBR."  -- They are thinking "DAMN!!! I'm having a party and I've got 5 taps of PBR!  F#$@ YEAH!!"
 
I did have this other silly idea of putting it on wheels and trying to see if anyone was interested in renting it for parties.  Might work, might be a pain in the arse.
Not a bad idea if you've got storage space for it.  You'd probably have to do setup for each renter.
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Post by: euge on November 08, 2012, 01:57:25 PM
I think the rental idea is intriguing. Down here we have margarita machine rentals: they supply the machine and the mix. You provide the liquor. They drop it off, set it up and leave- the machine is picked up at a later date.

You could provide the sparkling clean unit and the co2- all carefully factored into the rental price with a safety deposit. Hook their kegs up for them and leave after some quality assurance testing. ;)
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Post by: Jimmy K on November 19, 2012, 05:00:13 PM
Restaurants/businesses may also be interested in renting it for special events. 
 
We have the margaritta machine rentals too. They probably avoid a lot of licensing and fees by having the customer supply the alcohol.  I'm sure it would be the same case with beer.  Beer distributors have small refrigerated trailers with taps on the sides for events - same idea. We get one donated for our homebrew competition, but man - the rental price for one of those is through the roof!!