Subject: Kegging systems for the home
Date: 1988-12-08 23:50:42 GMT
OK. I've had it. No more bottling for this guy. After 14 batches of beer, I've
come to the conclusion that I love to cook up a decent wort, but hate to clean,
fill, and cap my bottles of beer.
Having bartered myself into possession of a surprisingly decent second frig,
I've come to the conclusion I'd like to do more than just lager my beer; I'd
like to dispense it as a draught beer via a pressure-regulated kegging system.
The logical system would contain a stainless-steel keg (3-5 gallon), a CO2
charging bottle, a pressure regulator with gauges, a beer tap (preferrably
built into/onto the door of the frig :-) and the various fittings and hoses.
Zymurgy runs an ad by the Brass Corkscrew, a kegging supplier in Seattle. I
just received their catalog and, if nothing else, was impressed with the
completeness of their offerings: kegs, regulators, CO2 bottles, fittings,
beer faucets, EVERYTHING!
Their lowest priced, complete kegging system had a 5-gallon Cornelius keg
(Spartan), a dual-gauge CO2 regulator and a reconditioned 5 lb. CO2 cylinder
(full), all for $170. While I might be able to justify this type of investment
to forever after avoid bottling (except for contests), I thought I'd continue
to investigate before making a final decision.
1. Has anyone out there purchased one of the Brass Corkscrew's kegging systems?
How do you like it? Was the value received worth the price?
2. Is it likely I could find some of the major components such as the Cornelius
keg or the CO2 bottle from a local supplier or restaurant for much less?
If so, ordering just the regulator ($40) and some fittings/hoses could get
one an equivalent system for much less than $170.
3. Does anyone use a kegging system of their own design? How much did you
invest and do you prefer it over bottling?
Thanks in advance to any of you who offer information or advice on this matter.
Bo Viger, Brewer of BeauBrau
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