From the HBD Archive
From: (a.e.mossberg)
Subject: CO2 keg system
Date: 1990-01-03 23:49:25 GMT

In HOMEBREW Digest #334, shoeless joe asks about CO2 keg systems:

>I've been interested in implementing a CO2 keg system, rather than
>going through the tediusness of bottling. I'm soliciting advice from
>ANYBODY out there who has experience with these things. I'm particular-
>ly interested in the following:
> 1. How difficult is it for a complete incompetant (like myself--
> who isn't worrying, by the way...) to implement one of these
> systems?

Very very easy.

> 2. How EXPENSIVE is it to implement one of these systems, and what
> should I expect to pay for each component of the system?

Kegs are basically free, if you go with the soda keg system. Figure
about $70 or so for the CO2 tank and regulator. I recommend a double
regulator (pressure gauges for both CO2 tank and keg). Maybe another
$30 or so for hoses, faucet, connectors. Your prices may vary, but
figure around $100 all told to get set up.

> 3. Are there any tricks or suggestions that I should be aware of?
> For example, is it practical--financially or in terms of
> keeping my beer drinkable--to buy extra containers (cannisters?)
> and then switch the tap to whatever beer I feel like drinking
> that evening?

If you're going to have them all in a refrigerator, sure. Don't count on
a keg getting cold in less than 6 hours. By all means, though, have
extra kegs on hand.

BTW, I want to stress using soda kegs, and not attempting to use beer
kegs. And use Coca Cola type kegs, as parts are much easier to come by.
If you can get Pepsi kegs easier, go ahead, but don't mix. You may want
to consider converting the soda kegs specifically for homebrew. This
consists of removing the tube to the bottom and replacing it with a
float system. The advantage is that beer is always taken from just below
the top, resulting in less potential sediment. If you don't, you'll have
to dump (or grin and chew) the first couple mugs worth.


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