I found an old kegerator on Craigslist for $100 and I leapt before I looked. Now, I need to ask a million questions about it.
The set up included an old school (1940's or earlier) Fridge (it works), an empty but beat to hell keg (1/2bbl B,M, or C) (dented bottom and side), a 20# co2 tank with 500# pressure in it still, a two gauge regulator, a chrome plated faucet (assume it is the cheapest), a sankey tap, old hoses, and a stainless steel drip tray.
To me it looks just like the deluxe fridge conversion kit from Northern Brewer for $263, but the tank is 20# instead of 5# with a little co2, the hoses will be replaced, and I got a beat up but working fridge. First off, do you think I got a deal?
Second, how do I rehab this? I figure toss and replace the hoses, and I intend to soak the tap and faucet in PBW and scrub....but what else do I need to do?
Also, it occurs to me that I will need to refill the co2 tank, but how long will a 20# tank last with 500# psi left in it last? When I go to refill, how will I know if I need to get it tested? What does testing cost? Does anyone know where I can get testing and fill in Denver area? Should I wait until it is empty until I do this or just get the refill now (since I have no beer for it right now)? what besides homebrew corny kegs (with washers, etc), ball locks for kegs, and new hoses do I need to convert to homebrew use?
And in light of all of this, was this still a deal? I figure that compared to the $263 for new, plus I have a working fridge and a little co2 to boot, it would seem like a deal....but if testing costs more than a new tank.....perhaps not.
Oh, and the beat to hell keg.....can I trade it in when I purchase a new keg of beer?