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sheriff733
12-02-2012, 12:26
If so, where do you get your kegs? How much do they cost?

I'm making a man cave and I'm thinking that this would make an awesome addition.

Feel free to share pics and tips on having/buying one!

:wavey:

Santa CruZin
12-02-2012, 12:30
I had a kegerator - and consequently more friends than I knew I had. Sort of like when you buy a boat.

I bought my kegs from the local liquor store. The gas bottles came from a home brew supply business in San Jose.

Keep everything very, very clean.

FullClip
12-02-2012, 12:37
Had a similar version while on a job in Spain.....made it waaaay too easy to drink beer.:shocked: Without the empty cans piling up, it's easy to lose track of how much you've put away.

On a cost basis, think it will end up being more than buying 30 packs of swill. On a fun factor....priceless.:supergrin:

sheriff733
12-02-2012, 12:51
I was hoping itd be less expensive than buying cans and bottles. The one I'm looking at has its own keg so no deposits.

cesaros
12-02-2012, 12:51
My buddy snagged a kegerator for $50 at a yardsale. We would buy full kegs for about $80-$120 depending on what beer you get. Half kegs are a bit more reasonable at $45-$60 for some good stuff...plus you feel less like an alcoholic when you get a half keg.

Typically we would get Yuengling or Fat Tire.

Russ in PA
12-02-2012, 12:55
We would buy full kegs for about $80-$120 depending on what beer you get. Half kegs are a bit more reasonable at $45-$60 for some good stuff...plus you feel less like an alcoholic when you get a half keg.

Typically we would get Yuengling or Fat Tire.

I've drank from many a keg, but never a "full" keg.

Kegs are normally sold in "quarter" and "half" denominations.

sheriff733
12-02-2012, 12:55
My buddy snagged a kegerator for $50 at a yardsale. We would buy full kegs for about $80-$120 depending on what beer you get. Half kegs are a bit more reasonable at $45-$60 for some good stuff...plus you feel less like an alcoholic when you get a half keg.

Typically we would get Yuengling or Fat Tire.

Yeah, I only want the half keg. Pony keg, I think it's called. Bud light is plenty good enough for me.

ETA: Or the quarter keg. That sounds like plenty for me.

FullClip
12-02-2012, 13:05
I was hoping itd be less expensive than buying cans and bottles. The one I'm looking at has its own keg so no deposits.



Whatcha do when the keg runs out? Take it back for a refill??

sheriff733
12-02-2012, 13:05
Whatcha do when the keg runs out? Take it back for a refill??

I guess? I really have no idea what I'm doing, but it made sense to me. :supergrin:

FullClip
12-02-2012, 13:09
..... I really have no idea what I'm doing, ...... :supergrin:


If you don't know what yer doing now....be very, very careful after you empty that first keg!!:supergrin::beer::beer:


Trust me, those kegs just seem to evaporate on their own.:supergrin:

sheriff733
12-02-2012, 13:14
If you don't know what yer doing now....be very, very careful after you empty that first keg!!:supergrin::beer::beer:


Trust me, those kegs just seem to evaporate on their own.:supergrin:

I think of it as "going green." Less aluminum and glass waste. I will celebrate my first Green step with the keg.

:supergrin:

Bruce M
12-02-2012, 13:45
My concerns would be what happens when you tap the keg - how long until it is no longer usable; would you finish it fast enough? And would that also lead to greater consumption (mostly not a problem, but of couse it can be.) And are you perfectly happy with only one type of beer. Finally as someone said keep it very clean. I know a couple people who worked at the bars in restaurants who said they never dranl draft beer because of what they had seen.

sheriff733
12-02-2012, 13:55
My concerns would be what happens when you tap the keg - how long until it is no longer usable; would you finish it fast enough? And would that also lead to greater consumption (mostly not a problem, but of couse it can be.) And are you perfectly happy with only one type of beer. Finally as someone said keep it very clean. I know a couple people who worked at the bars in restaurants who said they never dranl draft beer because of what they had seen.

From what I've read, should last 3-4 months at proper temperature (38 and below.) I can finish it in that amount of time.

Is that accurate?

crossfade
12-02-2012, 15:44
I started brewing my own beer, so i built me a keezer. The guys at the liquor store rarely see me anymore.

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/26E4EA6A.jpg
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/1FC4B985.jpg
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/333BC231.jpg

sheriff733
12-02-2012, 17:26
I started brewing my own beer, so i built me a keezer. The guys at the liquor store rarely see me anymore.

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/26E4EA6A.jpg
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/1FC4B985.jpg
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/333BC231.jpg

That escalated quickly.

cesaros
12-02-2012, 17:37
That "keezer" looks like something I would call EOD in for if me and my K9 found it :shocked:

crossfade
12-02-2012, 17:39
Ha! It sure did. If you would like to try and build your own kegerator www.northernbrewer.com (http://www.northernbrewer.com) has everything you need.

crossfade
12-02-2012, 17:40
that "keezer" looks like something i would call eod in for if me and my k9 found it :shocked:

eod??

GreenDrake
12-02-2012, 17:50
Skip the kegerator and get one of these babies

http://barfridge.info/itempage/jack-daniels-vodka-liquor-dispenser-man-caves-home-bars-outdoor-kitchens_321033602445_US_barfridgeinfo

cesaros
12-02-2012, 17:59
eod??

aka: Bomb squad

EdTracker
12-02-2012, 18:06
Yes, a beermeiser will provide you with delicious discount beer, but the downside is you will drink more (much much more). As mentioned earlier, it is just TOO easy.

I had one, and wow, more friends, more parties, more drunken escapades than I will ever admit to. Eventually, it was me or meister and I gave the meister to a bartender friend.


Eventually you will need to have a spare keg kept in a separate dedicate fridge so you don't run out in the middle of a bender.

Have fun, Don't drive, get drunk and stay at home.

scwine
12-02-2012, 18:13
used to build these... http://www.kegworks.com/draft-beer-jockey-boxes-831

USMCsilver
12-02-2012, 18:23
I used to, but it became a problem.

Kegs only last so long. When I had mine, I had gotten to the point where I'd walk by it at 0800 and decide I needed to drink a beer because I didn't wanna put it to waste.

I'd roll it up beside my recliner and play PS3 on my days off, and get totally hammered...again, because I didn't want it to go to waste.

After a while, I decided it'd be cheaper (and healthier) to go back to good 6-packs. :)

It was fun while it lasted, but I don't see myself getting one again.

USMCsilver
12-02-2012, 18:27
Skip the kegerator and get one of these babies

http://barfridge.info/itempage/jack-daniels-vodka-liquor-dispenser-man-caves-home-bars-outdoor-kitchens_321033602445_US_barfridgeinfo

That looks like fun (but even more troublesome). :supergrin:

Hummer
12-02-2012, 18:31
I started brewing my own beer, so i built me a keezer. The guys at the liquor store rarely see me anymore.

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/26E4EA6A.jpg
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/1FC4B985.jpg
http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k337/crossfade03/Snapbucket/333BC231.jpg

That escalated quickly.

It certainly did! Crossfade has a good handle on the process. Nice setup! Home brewers typically use 5 gallon stainless steel corny kegs to age beer, and dispense it using CO2 bottles to pressurize the kegs to beer taps. A chest freezer is often used with an auxilliary controller to keep it cold but not freezing.

Homebrew handled properly in stainless steel kegs will taste better and be useable longer than commercial stuff in aluminum kegs.

Here are some systems from Northern Brewer (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/kegging/draft-systems).

ray9898
12-02-2012, 23:13
I have seriously been in the market lately but haven't found the right one yet.

jason10mm
12-03-2012, 07:42
I have one and yes, it will make you drink FAR more than you'd think. I'm working through a keg of Yeungling I got for a halloween party. I didn't realize the wife made it a BYOB so the keg was very underutilized, thus I have been putting it away ever since :)

Make sure you have a gas supply nearby. CO2 is pretty easy to get, most airgas supply places will do a 10-20 pound tank swap. But Guinness/beergas can be a real bear to find (plus it requires a seperate regulator and tube set-up, as well as a different keg coupling). I've heard in the "old days" the Guinness distributer would fill up customer tanks when he topped off bar tanks, but these days most places with Guinness on tap have a atmospheric nitrogen extractor so they don't need that any more. Guinness on tap is soooooo good though :P

FWIW, a full keg (what frat boys buy and dump in a trash can full of ice) is a "half barrel". The half kegs and pony kegs are more practical, but usually very limited in selection. Some places list amounts by the barrel, so it is important to know the measurements. I wish the skinny kegs (1/3 of a keg, 1/6 of a barrel) were more available, that is a much more "soloable" amount and would make a kegerator a more viable investment, IMHO. Much easier to down 5 gallons of brew over a month or two than 15 :)

And don't even get me started on tap handles. Fricking more expensive than guns!!!

NOLA_glock
12-04-2012, 07:24
I do. I've three refurbished corny (soda) kegs bought from my local homebrew shop for around $35 each.

ETA: My dad and I made our kegerator:)

knotquiteawake
12-04-2012, 07:39
I built my own for my homebrew:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-IB5GyMs_O-0/T-H5cF5Xi7I/AAAAAAAAC0w/33T5PLgderI/s512/100_0081.JPG
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hj4U7IXeBHc/UBHGihzP6FI/AAAAAAAADAc/x4QeWiJ_SSU/s512/12%2520-%25201.jpg


Once I switched to kegging instead of bottling my beers I didn't really find myself drinking any more than I used to. In fact I probably drank less. With homebrew I typically bottled in 22oz bottles which is equivalent of almost 2 beers which was a little more than I wanted to drink. With the kegerator I usually pour myself less than a full glass.
I wouldn't do it for commercial beer though.

bb85cc
12-04-2012, 08:06
this is one i built for my home brewing
http://imageshack.us/a/img13/1298/kegp.jpg

knotquiteawake
12-04-2012, 08:07
Is that Chalk board paint across the front as well?

this is one i built for my home brewing
http://imageshack.us/a/img13/1298/kegp.jpg

bb85cc
12-04-2012, 08:16
spray on bed liner from a can
it did good covering some small dents and scratches

sheriff733
12-04-2012, 11:56
this is one i built for my home brewing
http://imageshack.us/a/img13/1298/kegp.jpg

That's awesome!

AmonRa
12-04-2012, 12:06
I had one as well for a while. I think it cost me around 150.00 for the set up plus an old fridge but I'm with everyone else I drank WAY too much beer. As someone who tries to keep extra pounds off I don't plan to be getting another one any time soon.

FullClip
12-04-2012, 12:08
this is one i built for my home brewing
http://imageshack.us/a/img13/1298/kegp.jpg



:wow: I had enough trouble with one tap! Six choices could prove to be a major problem!!:supergrin:

Dennis in MA
12-04-2012, 12:51
My buddy snagged a kegerator for $50 at a yardsale. We would buy full kegs for about $80-$120 depending on what beer you get. Half kegs are a bit more reasonable at $45-$60 for some good stuff...plus you feel less like an alcoholic when you get a half keg.

Typically we would get Yuengling or Fat Tire.

Yeah. Sure. LOL

From what I've read, should last 3-4 months at proper temperature (38 and below.) I can finish it in that amount of time.

Is that accurate?

Assuming 3-4 months, my BP is down on your suggestion. That's 83 12oz Budlitez. If it takes you 3 months, you don't have a problem. If it takes you 3 weeks. . . you gotta problem. LOL

Skip the kegerator and get one of these babies

http://barfridge.info/itempage/jack-daniels-vodka-liquor-dispenser-man-caves-home-bars-outdoor-kitchens_321033602445_US_barfridgeinfo

I dunno if I can trust anything from a website called Barf Ridge.

knotquiteawake
12-04-2012, 12:53
I dunno if I can trust anything from a website called Barf Ridge.

I have not laughed out loud like that in a long time. Thank you! This monday-like Tuesday is a little better now.

Andy W
12-04-2012, 12:54
If so, where do you get your kegs? How much do they cost?

I'm making a man cave and I'm thinking that this would make an awesome addition.

Feel free to share pics and tips on having/buying one!

:wavey:

That sounds ****ing awesome!

Kurly
12-04-2012, 15:21
I've got a 14.3 cf chest freezer that I converted into a kegerator.

Built a wooden collar to install my taps through (don't want to go through the sides as you might hit a freon line) and works great.

Thanks to George Bush's $200 stimulus check, I'm set for life! :)

P.S. If you want cornelius kegs, they'll run about $50 for one that has their poppets and o-rings replaced.

bb85cc
12-04-2012, 18:25
:wow: I had enough trouble with one tap! Six choices could prove to be a major problem!!:supergrin:

I have no idea what you are talking about :whistling:
:drink:

geofri
12-04-2012, 18:32
Can't this be equated with re-loading?

Sure it costs less per beer, but you'll spend a lot more. :rofl:

crossfade
12-04-2012, 19:12
Drink beer!!