Hey Drew.Wow so many responses, I forgot how good this place is :beer:
Yeah I've looked at the 5 Litre mini kegs. Yeah that is a significant cost saving there. I just get the feeling it'll be a bit of a clunky setup, but I will look into it more. Could be really good. As long as I can still force carbonate, and pour from a tap? I'll look into it.
I'm not 100% how far into it I will get, so I am reluctant to set up the full system (4 taps sounds awesome by the way Jurt!), so like the idea of keeping it 'compact' with the 12 litre keg.
Cheers Liam, I'll not look past the bronco.
Sean - Jeez the dorado didn't send the best there. I'd hope despite the cheapness of it that it'd still do its fundamental job satisfactorily, I might ask mybeershop what their consensus is on it. Despite it's flaws - have you stuck with it though?
Big Nath, I don't go to bbqs. So my main goal was to get the best value for money that fits in my fridge. But yeah the price is not good compared to the 19 litre jobbies. There is NO CHANCE in hell I'll be getting more than one of thme at 169! No, I thought if I ended up wanting to put more beer into kegs that I'd get some $50 cornies, and just transfer half into the 12 litre keg when I want to serve it up. That should work yeah? I don't go through my beer very quickly, it's usually 2-3 on a friday and saturday.
And 540 grams...yeah it's small, but it's 1/5 the price of a 2.3 kg. How much is rental I wonder? I'd consider it if the cost isn't great, but I assumed you'd need to be using it a lot to make it worth it. The refills on the 540 gram aren't huge - 10 bucks. Plus it's small so will fit in the fridge with no modifications.
Really it's all just about getting my foot in the kegging door with minimal obvious outlay, and end up with a nice little system. I figure that the gas tank and the keg will hold there value well enough that I can recoup costs if I decide to expand.
hsb "hide the costs" - you get where I'm coming from mate
'39 cm is crazy small' - Yep there's a freezer compartment in the top, and a vege crisper in the bottom which is half the depth of the rest. AHH! It was a christmas present, brand new, 5 months old....I don't have the heart to hurt anyones feelings yet.
"If you are willing to pay that then why don't you budget a fridge for up to $69" - My wife doesn't 'like' second hand fridges.......................................(I can keep adding dots). But I'm now thinking more and more about this option..
Cheers for all the advice folks. Now I have some serious thinking to do. I'm so excited. All this keg planning, and my fridge is dry at the moment. God I'm thirsty!
Check these guys out Ubrewit Wodonga Give them a yell and try to talk to Jeremy if you can. He'll be there Saturday morning. He won't be beaten on price.
I am using one of their 2.4 Steel Co2 bottles along with the mini regulator - these things bloody rock - so small and consistent. I had a KK (the one with the red adjuster knob) reg and it is shit, every time i go to pour a beer, i have to adjust the reg which is a pain in the ass. I only have 3 or 4 beers on a weekend as well.
I started like you - had a bar fridge that would not take a 19L, so i started looking at the party kegs with a sodastream bottle. After a while it became a pain in the ass so upgraded - it has taken me 2 years though, I now have a 700L chestie and 10 19L cornies, gave the bar fridge to a mate in need.
You will be able to transfer from one keg to another later on, but there is a trick to it and you will waste your precious gas doing it.
Do what you can now, as the party keg will be great if you want to upgrade later. you could age a nice stout in it later on..