Tired of scrounging, washing, sterilising, filling, charging and capping bottles (and still having cloudy beer with a sediment), then kegs are the way to go.  Bottles are cheaper but more hassle.  So what do you need to convert to a keg dispensing system?

  •  Keg
  • Keg connectors
  • Beer tap and shank
  • CO2 cylinder (CO2 fire extinguisher)
  • CO2 regulator
  • Beer and gas line
  • Fridge or cold plate or jockey box

Several different types of kegs are available on the market but I only stock 18 and 19 litre used pin and ball lock corny kegs but you still require all the above items no matter what keg is used.  These kegs are ideal for the home brewer; you can open them and 'look inside', get your hand in and clean them and they are a 'typical batch size'.  These were used for Coke (pin lock) and Pepsi (ball lock) in the 70's, 80's and 90's but they no longer use them and they are availble to brewers although they are increasingly difficult to obtain.  They are robust and made from good quality stainless steel.  Many are battered, dented and may have the odd weld but they are all suitable for beer.  I guarentee that all the kegs will hold pressure and if not will exchange them.  The main lid O-ring is usually where they leak or the poppets, but also ensure the post O-rings are not leaking.  On pin lock kegs these are 2,5 X10mm O-rings and can be obtained from BMG.  I replace the post and dip tube O-rings on all the refurbished kegs and the main lid O-ring.  The small poppets located inside the post are another area where leaks occur.  There are several different sizes of poppet valves depending on the make of the keg, but there is a universal poppet which fits all kegs including ball lock.  

As with many ‘things’ you can get the minimum entry level or go ‘top of the range’ - you get what you pay for.  Picnic taps are very cheap and do the job but controlling foaming can be a problem.  Three options are priced below to give you an idea of what you are in for, either entry level, mid price or top end.  These prices are a guideline, you can mix and match as you wish.  Don't forget you need to chill the beer as well.  All the options include 1 used pin lock corny keg:

Description

Options

TAPS

Entry

Mid

Top

Plastic faucet Spout Plug

 

X

X

Creamer action beer faucet stainless steel

 

 

X

Creamer action  faucet chrome plated brass

 

X

 

Picnic tap

X

 

 

Column shank assembly with tig welded 3/16 ID bend tube- stainless steel

 

 

X

Chrome plated brass shank with 3/16 nipple   X  

TOWERS

 

 

 

Stainless steel tower- brushed finish

 

 

X

Carbon dioxide

 

 

 

CO2 gas line 2m

X

X

X

CO2 fire extinguisher (2kg)**

 

 

 

CO2 regulator

X

X

X

OTHER

 

 

 

Disconnects X2

X

X

X

Beer hose 2m

X

X

X

Used corny keg X1

X

X

X

Tap Handles for faucets

 

X

X

TOTAL

R2 600

R3 200

R4 500

NOTE: these prices are dependant on the availablity of stock.

** The courier companies do not transport compressed gas so any couriered or 'out of town' orders will not inlcude a fire extinguisher.  PLEASE ADD THE COST OF AN EXTINGUSHER, NEW 2kg SELL FOR ABOUT R800

For a 2 keg system add the following

CO2 gas line X2m

R 40.00

Disconnects X2

R 240.00

Gas line T

R 50.00

Beer hose 3/16 X2m

R 100.00

Used corny keg

R 1000.00

One of the following:

 

Tap Handles for standard faucets

Free with taps

Creamer action beer faucet & shank - all stainless steel

R 1 170

Creamer faucet & column shank - all CP brass

R 670.00

Picnic tap

R 80.00

 

Picture layout of different items for mid priced setup: