Randy McCord (18.104.22.168)
|Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 05:50 am: ||
I hope I just bottled my last full batch of beer, I finally got sick of it. I was looking at my LHBS catalog and saw they had a complete kegging set-up for around $170. This includes 5 gal keg, new co2 bottle, new regulator, all hoses and a regular picnic type faucet. Oh yeah, the keg is a ball lock type, and the co2 bottle is 5#. Is this a fair price? Any other things to look for? Any advice is greatly appreciated because I have really got my "fill" of bottles, although I still may bottle a few now and then. Many thanks to all replies.
jim williams (22.214.171.124)
|Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 06:37 am: ||
It's great to support your LHBS, but, I've bought many kegs from these guys http://www.rcbequip.com and have always been satisfied. Here's the link to their kegging setup at $138.78 http://web.iwebcenters.com/brewersdiscount/item5071.ctlg
Bill Melvin (126.96.36.199)
|Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 08:54 am: ||
I've kegged a total of 3 beers since I went to kegging, and I've never enjoyed brewing more.
I thought I'd bottle every once in a while, but, I don't see that happening now.
You'll probably end up needing more kegs, at least 6 or so. For Barley wines, meads, etc...
Here's a couple of good sites on care/cleaning/etc... of corny kegs.
Good luck and cheers,
robert rulmyr (188.8.131.52)
|Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 01:14 pm: ||
Try the big soda distributors, you may get some kegs for free.
You will need several kegs. Don't buy a CO2 bottle, call a welding supplies business and ask about renting.
Brandon Dachel (184.108.40.206)
|Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 01:16 pm: ||
> Don't buy a CO2 bottle, call a welding supplies
> business and ask about renting.
Good advice. It seems it's common just to place a 'deposit' down on a tank and then do the tank exchange thing.
Paul McHugh (220.127.116.11)
|Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 03:52 pm: ||
I second what Robert says, go to where you will get your CO2 refilled and talk to them they sometimes have refurbished or just plain old second hand.
Look in the yellow pages and find the local soft drinks distributor.
Dpending on what and how you brew depends on how many kegs you need, start off with one and see how you get on. I make ales and rack from my primary to the keg, carbonate immediately and enjoy...
Randy McCord (18.104.22.168)
|Posted on Friday, March 21, 2003 - 12:33 am: ||
Thanks guys, I think I'm going to go ahead and get the set-up I was talking about less the co2 bottle. I've got to do some checking to see where around here to get one filled or where to rent one. I may however mention to my LHBS that their reconditioned kegs seem a lot higher in price than a lot of other places, maybe they'll match a price for me. Thanks again, I'll probably be back in a couple of weeks with more questions on force carbing and such.
Kyle Gendron (22.214.171.124)
|Posted on Friday, March 21, 2003 - 01:10 am: ||
Welding supply or Fire Extinguisher supply store will be have CO2 available. I get my 20# CO2 tank filled at a fire extinguisher place for $14. Actually I don't get it filled, I just swap out my empty for one of their full ones.