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    Posted by Anthony on May 27, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Hey guys! I’m just new on this topic (not in a being a beer fan ;)), and these days I’m thinking about making a bar experience at home. I am thinking about buying a tap for beer to have it a home, but there are too many and I am not sure about which one is the best for me. Do you have any suggestion? Thank you in advance!

    Gary replied 2 years, 4 months ago 9 Members · 13 Replies
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  • John

    Administrator
    May 27, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Hey Anthony! Homebrewing is an awesome and rewarding hobby, and there is nothing cooler than having beer on tap at home! The easiest and least expensive way to get started depends on the batch size you plan on starting to brew. If you start with small, 1-gallon batches like most people do (like with one of these kits: https://amzn.to/2M2bNMy), you can have beer on tap with a small keg and tap that can fit into a refrigerator, like this one: https://amzn.to/36BwtVk

    If you’re moving right into brewing 5 gallon batches, which is a general standard amount for homebrewers, you will likely want to build a dedicated kegerator. The easiest and cheapest way to do that is to convert a chest freezer to a “keezer” using a collar, temperature controller, and taps. You can build one of those for a few hundred dollars, and they’re pretty easy to build. Here are some components you’ll need:

    Chest Freezer – https://amzn.to/2ZLBQQj
    Temperature Controller – https://amzn.to/2AZe1dp
    Corny Kegs – https://amzn.to/2zqdykh
    Taps – https://amzn.to/2TKtN2j
    Beer lines – https://amzn.to/3gsmBSa
    Co2 lines – https://amzn.to/3dk0nQg
    Co2 tank – https://amzn.to/3grypnV
    Regulator – https://amzn.to/3d8UoOo

    Here’s a photo of one of my keezers. I have 2 now, with a total of 7 taps. It’s a highly addictive hobby!!!

  • Arthur Reed

    Member
    May 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I have been looking at buying one of these:

  • Jim

    Member
    May 27, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Anthony – welcome! If you’re just getting into brewing, the 1-gallon system John recommended is a good way to start. Homebrewing can become an expensive hobby, and you don’t want to invest too much before you know if you like it.

    If you are going to a larger batch size right off, and you’re committed, I recommend a tap system that will give you at least 2, ideally 3 taps.

    Arthur – the one you’re looking at is a 1-tap system, and I find that I really like having a couple of options instead of only having one at a time. If you want to buy a standalone kegerator like that one, I recommend getting one that can hold 2 kegs and has 2 faucets.

  • Anthony

    Member
    May 27, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Actually I was checking something like the one that Arthur showed. I think that one looks pretty cool! 😀

  • Jim

    Member
    May 27, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Here’s one similar to Arthur’s but with 3 taps – https://amzn.to/3cazfC5 – that one will keep you going for a while! 🙂

  • Anthony

    Member
    May 27, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    OMG! Thank you for the fast answers! Actually I was thinking about something like the one that Arthur is showing https://www.amazon.com/EdgeStar-KC2000-Full-Kegerator-Cooler/dp/B0170NWHDM/ref=as_li_ss_il?dchild=1&keywords=kegerator&qid=1590594297&sr=8-5&linkCode=li2&tag=brewtogethe0e-20&linkId=8009daf48c4ccd87dbe5f7942dc7b7eb&language=en_US

    Actually I think it can fit perfect for a house that I have outside the city here.

  • Jake Bell

    Member
    May 28, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    I had one just like that one in college Anthony! It worked great. We only used it for commercial beer (before I was brewing), but it worked like a champ and fit a fullsized keg. Good times!

  • Amanda Parker

    Member
    May 29, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    I have been looking kegging too and haven’t decided whether I am brave enough to make my own kegerator or if I should just buy one. I see a lot of used ones available on Facebook marketplace. Is it ok to get a used one?

  • John

    Administrator
    May 29, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Amanda! I bought one of my keezers pre-built and lightly used, and it’s been fine! I do recommend that you take apart the taps fully and clean them VERY well, and I also would buy new beer lines to replace the ones that come with it (I replace mine fairly regularly anyway). Beer line is really cheap on Amazon, too – https://amzn.to/3gsmBSa

  • Anthony

    Member
    June 1, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I have checked this site https://tiradorescerveza.com/ (it’s a this kind of best one to buy in Spanish) and I liked this one, the Klarstein Big Spender Double, anybody have any opinion about that one? Thank you very much in advance

  • James

    Member
    September 11, 2021 at 2:31 am

    I have a 3 tap Keezer in my Man Cave Garage and a small fridge 5 liter mini keg draft system in my living room

  • Randy

    Member
    October 31, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    I built one. Wasn’t complicated. I can fit 3 5 gal corny kegs. I have 2 taps.

  • Gary

    Member
    October 31, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    I buil a 3 tap kegerator from a full size fridge. Installed one flow control faucet and two black nukataps, fits 3 kegs inside for 15 gallons of beer on tap. (When I get time to brew these days) instead of checking for lines in the sides of the fridge I just went through the door for taps and gas line with external co2 tank. Was really easy.

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