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Title: 1 step closer!
Post by: garc_mall on December 01, 2012, 06:00:39 PM
I finally got 1 step closer to kegging. I have 3 ball lock kegs that I bought over the summer when I found some available. Today, Morebeer (http://morebeer.com/view_product/18190//Basic_Homebrew_Draft_System_-_Ball_Lock) is selling a complete kegging system with used keg for 176 and free shipping, so I pulled the trigger on the system. Next paycheck will be the 14cf chest freezer for kegging and lager ferments. Then I will be (mostly) done with bottling forever!!!
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: tschmidlin on December 01, 2012, 06:36:24 PM
Awesome :)  Post some pics of the keezer as you build it.
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 01, 2012, 06:39:45 PM
Congrats!  Great deal on the kegging system from Morebeer. 
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 01, 2012, 07:22:30 PM
I finally got 1 step closer to kegging. I have 3 ball lock kegs that I bought over the summer when I found some available. Today, Morebeer (http://morebeer.com/view_product/18190//Basic_Homebrew_Draft_System_-_Ball_Lock) is selling a complete kegging system with used keg for 176 and free shipping, so I pulled the trigger on the system. Next paycheck will be the 14cf chest freezer for kegging and lager ferments. Then I will be (mostly) done with bottling forever!!!

Get it!

Glad you said "mostly". I bottle some big beers, meads and ciders. Competitions. Then there are the friends I brew a batch for, and they don't have a keg system, so it goes into bottles. Even with 32 kegs, I will still have to move some beers I want to keep into bottles to free up a keg.
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: Jimmy K on December 01, 2012, 07:34:28 PM
Glad you said "mostly". I bottle some big beers, meads and ciders. Competitions. Then there are the friends I brew a batch for, and they don't have a keg system, so it goes into bottles. Even with 32 kegs, I will still have to move some beers I want to keep into bottles to free up a keg.

32 KEGS!! Dammmmmmmmmmmmn...
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 02, 2012, 03:19:39 AM
Glad you said "mostly". I bottle some big beers, meads and ciders. Competitions. Then there are the friends I brew a batch for, and they don't have a keg system, so it goes into bottles. Even with 32 kegs, I will still have to move some beers I want to keep into bottles to free up a keg.

32 KEGS!! Dammmmmmmmmmmmn...
My retirement fund.

When you do a lot of lagers, 7 or more a year, 10 gallons at a time,  you tie up a lot of kegs for a long time. Some strong beers to age, and soon you have over 20 kegs full of beer in process.

Talking to a multiple Ninkasi winner at a local comp during lunch, he smiled and said he had 50.



Title: 1 step closer!
Post by: bluesman on December 02, 2012, 03:38:30 AM
Kegging is much easier than bottling and tons more fun. Go for it. I'm always looking for a good deal on kegs. Seems like you can never have enough.

Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: tygo on December 02, 2012, 03:38:38 AM
Do you have a walk in fridge?  My problem would be cold storage of all of those lagers.
Title: 1 step closer!
Post by: bluesman on December 02, 2012, 03:56:16 AM
Do you have a walk in fridge?  My problem would be cold storage of all of those lagers.
Good question. I'm up to three 7.5cf chests, and two small conversion refrigerators. That takes care of 16 kegs. Any more and I'll need a walk in for sure. :)
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 02, 2012, 01:00:10 PM
Do you have a walk in fridge?  My problem would be cold storage of all of those lagers.

I can have 16 kegs lagering. Looking at another small chest freezer.
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: jeffy on December 02, 2012, 01:30:15 PM
My serving freezer fits eight and I keep them busy at all times.  I think I have 5 or 6 more.  Most of my "waiting" beer is in carboys.
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: dbarber on December 02, 2012, 03:30:22 PM
Good question. I'm up to three 7.5cf chests, and two small conversion refrigerators. That takes care of 16 kegs. Any more and I'll need a walk in for sure. :)

Wow.  I'd kill for that much lagering space.  I want to get another chest freezer, but the wife is balking at the extra electricity usage.  I currently have a chest freezer that fits four, a spare fridge that fits 3 and a small serving fridge that fits 2. 
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: tschmidlin on December 02, 2012, 10:20:09 PM
Good question. I'm up to three 7.5cf chests, and two small conversion refrigerators. That takes care of 16 kegs. Any more and I'll need a walk in for sure. :)

Wow.  I'd kill for that much lagering space.  I want to get another chest freezer, but the wife is balking at the extra electricity usage.  I currently have a chest freezer that fits four, a spare fridge that fits 3 and a small serving fridge that fits 2. 
The electricity use is really pretty minimal.  It doesn't need to be as cold as freezing, you're not constantly in and out of it, and because it's a chest freezer it doesn't dump cold air when you open the lid.
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: dbarber on December 03, 2012, 06:30:41 PM
I know, but my wife has short arms and deep pockets.
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: neemox on December 04, 2012, 07:38:59 AM
Grab one of these and hook it up. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882715001&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA

It turns out my kegerator costs me less than a buck a month usually, which gave me leverage to pick up a freezer without worrying about the power consumption anymore (About the same as her hair dryer ;D)
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: garc_mall on December 05, 2012, 07:19:23 AM
looks like I may have found my freezer on craigslist. will call the guy tomorrow and see if is as big as it looks and if it is still available. With some really good luck, I might even be able to convince him to deliver it to me.
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: euge on December 05, 2012, 02:35:31 PM
Hehe buy the suckers even if you can't use them right away! Only getting more expensive and rarer by the day.

I have 16 kegs and only use two at a time normally. Now I have big plans to fill them all since two 7cu freezers enable me to ferment quite a bit of beer. One is for lagers though and it can be easily tied up for 6-8 weeks per batch.

My thoughts are: lagers once lagered and racked off the yeast- perhaps after a stay in a bright-tank- they should keep well in a cool spot in the house. But! I am considering another freezer purchase... Which would bring me to 4. ::)
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: Jimmy K on December 05, 2012, 03:05:19 PM
Good question. I'm up to three 7.5cf chests, and two small conversion refrigerators. That takes care of 16 kegs. Any more and I'll need a walk in for sure. :)

And again -- Dammmmmmmmmmmmn...
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: rob_f on December 07, 2012, 10:07:09 PM
My garage serves as a walk-in cooler for the next couple of months.  I'll have a couple of overflow kegs out there.  Some years I have to step up my drinking come spring.
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: garc_mall on December 11, 2012, 01:06:25 AM
Alright, looks like I am set for kegging. 4 kegs (+1 borrowed), CO2 tank, regulator, gas tube (need a couple more), Picnic Tap (need a couple more of these too). The temperature controller is on its way from MoreBeer (they had a deal last week for $10 off) and it looks like I just got my hands on a 18cf Chest freezer for $100 off craigslist. I told the lady I would pay her $50 for the drive down to my condo (she is about 25-30 miles away). I am so close I can taste it! looks like I might need a couple more kegs :D
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: euge on December 11, 2012, 05:14:14 AM
Muahahahhaha! ;D
Title: Re: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: Mark G on December 11, 2012, 02:57:04 PM
Alright, looks like I am set for kegging. 4 kegs (+1 borrowed), CO2 tank, regulator, gas tube (need a couple more), Picnic Tap (need a couple more of these too). The temperature controller is on its way from MoreBeer (they had a deal last week for $10 off) and it looks like I just got my hands on a 18cf Chest freezer for $100 off craigslist. I told the lady I would pay her $50 for the drive down to my condo (she is about 25-30 miles away). I am so close I can taste it! looks like I might need a couple more kegs :D

A couple more kegs? Trust me on this one... You'll need a couple more DOZEN kegs.
Title: Re: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: Slowbrew on December 11, 2012, 03:01:43 PM
Alright, looks like I am set for kegging. 4 kegs (+1 borrowed), CO2 tank, regulator, gas tube (need a couple more), Picnic Tap (need a couple more of these too). The temperature controller is on its way from MoreBeer (they had a deal last week for $10 off) and it looks like I just got my hands on a 18cf Chest freezer for $100 off craigslist. I told the lady I would pay her $50 for the drive down to my condo (she is about 25-30 miles away). I am so close I can taste it! looks like I might need a couple more kegs :D

A couple more kegs? Trust me on this one... You'll need a couple more DOZEN kegs.

Too true!

I have 14 kegs, a 4 tap converted chest freezer.  The only thing keeping me from buying more is that ugly look I get from SWMBO when I mention the idea.  8^)

Paul
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: garc_mall on February 23, 2013, 09:35:15 PM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/421954_10151286952102314_476085872_n.jpg)

Here is the finished Keezer, 18cf, plenty of space.

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/485151_10151286953012314_451047415_n.jpg)

And here is one of the first pints I pulled off of my keg! Tasty!

I know you all like to see these projects come to an end, so I figured I would post the update.

Now I need more kegs...
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: denny on February 23, 2013, 10:06:13 PM
Very nice, Marc!
Title: Re: 1 step closer!
Post by: euge on February 24, 2013, 03:30:45 AM
Muahahahhaha! ;D