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Title: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: dano14041 on December 17, 2010, 03:31:48 AM
I bought myself a Christmas present today. A nice dirty beat up fridge! Now I am sitting here ordering parts to convert it to a kegerator.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: corkybstewart on December 17, 2010, 04:17:45 AM
Congrats, I know if I hadn't started kegging almost right away I would have given up on brewing long ago.  What's your plan for the fridge?
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: euge on December 17, 2010, 06:15:18 AM
Every time you guys do this it makes me want to buy a third fridge... Watching with interest.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: brewmasternpb on December 17, 2010, 06:32:48 AM
Congrats, I know if I hadn't started kegging almost right away I would have given up on brewing long ago.  What's your plan for the fridge?
You'd be surprised, I've brewed 94 batches over 8 years, and I've bottled every one.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: chezteth on December 17, 2010, 12:38:04 PM
That's awesome!  There is nothing more exciting than being able to go to your tap fridge and pull a pint of homebrew.  Of course, what is even better is sharing it with friends!   :D
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: beerocd on December 17, 2010, 12:57:50 PM
Congrats, I know if I hadn't started kegging almost right away I would have given up on brewing long ago.  What's your plan for the fridge?
You'd be surprised, I've brewed 94 batches over 8 years, and I've bottled every one.

I'm more impressed that you know exactly how many batches you have made. Congrats on the addition.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: dano14041 on December 17, 2010, 05:34:01 PM
What's your plan for the fridge?

I am going to eventually have a 4 tap system.

The fridge has an ice maker in it, if that is working it will be useful for an ice baths and the immersion chiller.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: corkybstewart on December 17, 2010, 05:39:00 PM
Congrats, I know if I hadn't started kegging almost right away I would have given up on brewing long ago.  What's your plan for the fridge?
You'd be surprised, I've brewed 94 batches over 8 years, and I've bottled every one.
The only part of brewing I don't truly love is bottling.  And since I've been doing 10 gallon batches for the past 11 years bottling would have doubly sucked.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: dano14041 on December 17, 2010, 06:01:12 PM
Is there any advantage of pin lock kegs over ball lock kegs or vice versa?
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: tschmidlin on December 17, 2010, 06:09:37 PM
As far as I know, not from a functional standpoint.  In my area pinlocks tend to be cheaper at the LHBS but parts are harder to find.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: gordonstrong on December 17, 2010, 06:17:10 PM
Availability of parts and supplies.  Sometimes the keg sizes are different (not the volume, but the dimensions).  Pick one; it's harder to maintain supplies of all the various stuff.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: jeffy on December 17, 2010, 07:48:55 PM
I've got some of each.  The pin-locks tend to be shorter and fatter so you may not be able to fit as many in a space the same "floor plan" as ball locks. 
I actually prefer pin locks because it's impossible to mix up the fittings in a dark freezer, but I think the use of them is not as popular as ball locks so I sometimes have to provide my own fittings at club events.  In other words, pin locks seem to be in the minority around here.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: corkybstewart on December 17, 2010, 08:44:18 PM
I've got some of each.  The pin-locks tend to be shorter and fatter so you may not be able to fit as many in a space the same "floor plan" as ball locks. 
I actually prefer pin locks because it's impossible to mix up the fittings in a dark freezer, but I think the use of them is not as popular as ball locks so I sometimes have to provide my own fittings at club events.  In other words, pin locks seem to be in the minority around here.
+1
I use flare fittings on all my hoses so I can change between ball and pin lock kegs.  I think I have about 10 of each.  I've never had trouble with the lids being interchangeable, and most pinlock lids don't have relief valves which can be a PITA.
Title: Re: Another one biting the bullet
Post by: brewmasternpb on December 18, 2010, 02:19:17 AM
Congrats, I know if I hadn't started kegging almost right away I would have given up on brewing long ago.  What's your plan for the fridge?
You'd be surprised, I've brewed 94 batches over 8 years, and I've bottled every one.

I'm more impressed that you know exactly how many batches you have made. Congrats on the addition.
Thanks!  Yeah, I've been writing down every single batch since day 1.  I probably wouldn't bottle if I brewed 10 gallons.