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Tired of bottling...already
« on: February 05, 2012, 08:51:37 PM »
I've been brewing about a year and I'm already tired of bottling. I dread the thought of all the prep needed to bottle. What do I need to start kegging and what are the ballpark costs?
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 10:35:42 PM »
You might get by for less than two hundred for the setup with two kegs, regulator and tank. Maybe another $200 for a fridge if you need one. If you have a room that stays cold then maybe no fridge at all. :)

That's just to start. It can get real expensive but it depends what you want- I still use cobra taps.
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012, 11:31:08 PM »
Thanks Euge! I have an extra full-sized fridge I could use after removing unnecessary items like...food :)
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 01:16:03 AM »
FWIW I've been set up for kegging for 20+ years.  I still really enjoy bottling the good ones. 

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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2012, 04:59:23 AM »
FWIW I've been set up for kegging for 20+ years.  I still really enjoy bottling the good ones. 

"Presentation is everything."

Yeah, I still bottle a few beers that I'm planning on keeping around for a long time.  Bottling is a lot more enjoyable when you're only doing it a couple of times a year.
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2012, 05:34:21 AM »
You'll need a CO2 bottle, the bigger the better, since they cost about the same to refill or exchange whether it's 5# or 20#.
You'll need an adjustable regulator with a gauge on the keg side, but not necessarily one on the tank side.  The tank pressure doesn't change much from full to empty.
You'll need c-kegs.  Ball-locks are more common, a little taller and narrower, so you can usually fit more into a space than pin-locks.
You'll need some hardware, like hoses, taps, quick-disconnects.  I still use picnic taps on my kegs.

I once bought a kegerator from a friend and sometimes you see them on Craigslist, that came with a 5# CO2 bottle, regulator, sanke tap and an empty half barrel of Miller Lite along with the fridge.  There was a lot of useful stuff for about $100.
 
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012, 06:09:56 AM »
i started bottling and then stated kegging and the last two batches i went back to bottling.  not real sure why.  both have been ipa's rather than big beers.
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2012, 06:27:44 AM »
If you decide to go to kegging, do it quick.  The supply of used cornies is getting very slim.  Some online stores are selling new kegs with their kegging set ups.  New is roughly $125, used is up to about $40 now (prices from recent adds).

Buy at least 2X the number of kegs you think you might need.  Trust me on that advice.
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2012, 06:45:33 AM »
www.beveragefactory.com as full setup kits with different options to convert refrigerators. You might be able to piece it together cheaper, but that will give you an idea of total cost.
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2012, 08:56:57 AM »
http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=326

Here is where I got my setup. looks like they no longer offer the all in one kit but for < 200 you can get a two keg system. As hopfenundmalz says you will want more soon and if you have the cash go ahead and get 4 kegs now. but if not two is good.
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2012, 05:33:26 PM »
Lots of great advice once again! Thanks!
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2012, 06:41:11 PM »
FWIW I've been set up for kegging for 20+ years.  I still really enjoy bottling the good ones. 

"Presentation is everything."

I definitely agree, lthough any bottling I do is from the keg, after the beer has cleared and conditioned.  So there is absolutely room (and sometimes, a need) to continue to do both.
I do it particularly with my big beers, especially the ones I gift during the holiday season,  as well as the Old Ale/Burtons that are meant for years of keeping.
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2012, 07:03:08 PM »
After doing some research thanks to the advice I've gotten here, I have another question: Ball lock or pin lock?
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2012, 07:23:46 PM »
After doing some research thanks to the advice I've gotten here, I have another question: Ball lock or pin lock?

If you are going by price, pin lock is cheaper.  Ball lock is more popular, hence prices have gone up more, and is narrower and taller.  You can get more ball locks in a given footprint.  You can't mix up the gas and beer connections on a pin lock.

Many of my friends and I have ball lock.  One has pin locks.  It is up to you to decide.
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Re: Tired of bottling...already
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2012, 07:37:26 PM »
Are both types fairly common as far as finding parts for? Oops. I see that question was already answered!
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