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Title: Starting to Keg
Post by: smitty on July 07, 2010, 02:39:01 AM
Hey everyone, I'm going to be starting to keg pretty soon and I was looking for a little advice and help.  Basically what I'm looking to get is a double tap kegerator:

http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/kegerators/HBF05EABB-2.shtml

And a dual tap system with the works:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brew-logic-dual-tap-draft-system-with-reconditioned-co2-tank.html

I'm curious, am I missing anything needed to get started?  Am I going overboard?  About how long can I expect a 5lbs tank to last supporting two kegs?

Thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Starting to Keg
Post by: bluesman on July 07, 2010, 11:53:14 AM
Here's a great resource.

http://www.draughtquality.org/f/DBQM_Full.pdf
Title: Re: Starting to Keg
Post by: theDarkSide on July 07, 2010, 12:38:31 PM
You are definately NOT going oveboard.  I got a 2 keg system back in December, but since have bought 3 more kegs to go with it.  I'm only kicking myself now because I didn't get the 2 regulator setup so I have to stick with styles that have the same carbonation levels.

I'd say go as big as you can afford now...it will be cheaper in the long run.
Title: Re: Starting to Keg
Post by: euge on July 07, 2010, 09:09:52 PM
Get a bigger tank. You won't regret it and it shouldn't cost any more to fill than a 5#'er.

Congrats on going with kegs.
Title: Re: Starting to Keg
Post by: smitty on July 07, 2010, 09:34:33 PM
Thanks for the help everybody.  Happy Brewing.
Title: Re: Starting to Keg
Post by: riverrat on July 08, 2010, 01:44:55 PM
If you start with a normal sized fridge, you will have room for future expansion, or bonus fridge space for other random stuff.  Plus, you can get fairly good fridges off craigslist and such for fairly reasonable prices.
Title: Re: Starting to Keg
Post by: timmyr on July 14, 2010, 03:09:52 AM
I have a Sanyo fridge as our under-bar beverage fridge...it is convertible to a 2-corny kegerator plus hold a CO2 tank.  I am not using it now, but it is now an option for future expansion. 

I was using an old freezer, but upgraded.  I bought a fridge on Craig''s list and am REALLY happy I have it.  It holds 4 corny's with the faucets thru the door.  Now my freezer is my fermentation chamber.  Things I wish I had done out of the gates are

1. Not cut cost on regulators.  My low-pressure regulators have a crappy scale and I need to replace them
2. Maybe bought MicroMatic regulators or found big knobs to adjust...the screwdriver is a pain
3. Set up with 1 low-pressure regulator per keg
4. After you get a couple kegs track down the McMaster-Carr part numbers for replacement parts
5. Do not accidentally switch kegs and parts...sometimes they are hard to get to work when they get separated.

I am sure a lot of people have more great advice.  Kegging was the bigger time-saver than I ever imagined.  Now I brew more...