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Offline richm20

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New to kegging
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:29:19 PM »
This is a totally new venture in home brewing for me. I have a refrigerator and a co2 tank.....That's it!
From my research I believe I need the following to get started
-Ball lock keg
-co2 regulator
-gas and liquid ball lock fittings
-air and beer hose
-tap

Anyone see items Im missing?

Also, besides Craigs list and local store, how about a good source for kegs. Has anyone made some DIY containers?

Thanks

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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2014, 07:45:54 PM »
CO2 tank
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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2014, 07:46:11 PM »
This is a totally new venture in home brewing for me. I have a refrigerator and a co2 tank.....That's it!
From my research I believe I need the following to get started
-Ball lock keg
-co2 regulator
-gas and liquid ball lock fittings
-air and beer hose
-tap

Anyone see items Im missing?


Also, besides Craigs list and local store, how about a good source for kegs. Has anyone made some DIY containers?

Thanks

looks good. as far as kegs, ive always bought new and looked for times when suppliers (northern brewer, midwest supplies) are running 10-20% of orders. i know many people buy used and clean up and replace any needed parts- and they are happy. i just like "that new car smell" and didn't mind spending the extra cash.
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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2014, 07:46:37 PM »
CO2 tank

ahh the obvious-good catch
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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 09:46:18 PM »
I would not suggest a DIY container for beer that will be under pressure, could prove to quite dangerous or even fatal.
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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 09:59:39 PM »
CO2 tank

ahh the obvious-good catch
Please re-read the second sentence in the original post.


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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2014, 10:01:48 PM »
since you are just starting out may I suggest looking into pin lock kegs? assuming you are buying used pin locks are considerably cheaper than ball locks and the only drawbacks are that they have a slightly larger footprint than ball locks. the main reason most folks don't use them is that they are already set up for ball locks and it can be a pain to switch between the two types of connections.
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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014, 10:07:46 PM »
As I understand it, pin locks also don't have relief valves.

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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2014, 10:11:00 PM »
As I understand it, pin locks also don't have relief valves.


They do if you add one. Kits exist to drill out keg lids and add. Personally, I would just switch the lid.

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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2014, 10:12:23 PM »
As I understand it, pin locks also don't have relief valves.

they have relief valves just not ones you can pull the ring on manually. you can push the poppet down on the gas in side to the same effect though.
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New to kegging
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2014, 10:19:00 PM »
as an alternative, I think I saw replacement lids that have relief valves installed.
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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2014, 12:09:50 PM »
EBay has the lids. The coke style kegs have static relief valves, Pepsi have the pull ring type. I personally just bought two kegs from Northern brewer with Static to which I plan to simply replace the lids.  Be sure your new lids come with seals and orings

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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2014, 01:07:47 PM »
You might look at beverage factory

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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2014, 01:15:26 PM »
AiH has replacement lids as well as the add on valves. Keg connection, MoreBeer, and I'm sure near any other "big players" as well.

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Re: New to kegging
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2014, 04:10:08 PM »
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

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