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MarkG Jul 2, 2008 03:49 PM

i am thinking of getting myself a genuine at home draught beer set up. if you had one, which brand would you go for in a keg??

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    Hadacol RE: MarkG Jul 2, 2008 05:31 PM

    Well, local is always good. Where do you live? Or, at least, what part of the country?

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      MarkG RE: Hadacol Jul 3, 2008 11:35 AM

      Minnesota

    2. TongoRad RE: MarkG Jul 3, 2008 07:16 PM

      If you look into ordering sixtels (about 2 cases worth, or 1/6th of a barrel) then you can change it up every now and then. Sometimes a pale ale, sometimes a stout, an Oktoberfest in the fall, etc. That's what I like to do.

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        adventuresinbaking RE: MarkG Jul 3, 2008 07:24 PM

        Easy answer: Hobgoblin, it also has a really neat tap.

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          Jim Dorsch RE: adventuresinbaking Jul 3, 2008 08:59 PM

          this might require an additional hardware investrment.

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            adventuresinbaking RE: Jim Dorsch Jul 7, 2008 12:02 PM

            A girl can dream, can't she :)

        2. number6 RE: MarkG Jul 6, 2008 09:46 AM

          I change depending on the time of year. I have Paulaner Original, Ayinger Weiss and
          Sierra Summerfest on right now. I am lucky that I have others that I can split kegs
          with (I keep the keg, the xfer into cornys) though I also keep full kegs when it is something I like. Considering price, I am starting to favor some local beers as well (Franconia from north Dallas/McKinney). I do suggest getting as many couplers as you can so you are prepared. Cheers

          1. Davydd RE: MarkG Jul 6, 2008 11:29 AM

            In Minnesota I would go with Surly. This is from their web site.

            Liquor Stores - That carry our kegs
            The Liquor Barrel - Golden Valley
            Highway 55 and Winnetka Ave - 763.544.9881
            7890 Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway)
            Call them to be sure they have what you need.
            They are carrying both our beers, Furious and Bender in 5 Gallon and 15.5 Gallon kegs.

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              jamie2dope RE: MarkG Jul 6, 2008 05:24 PM

              i will second surly.........really quality beer. Never had it on tap, but out of the can it is fantastic.

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                soupkitten RE: jamie2dope Jul 7, 2008 11:47 AM

                3rding surly. for folks in mn, other beers don't really need to exist. the new bitterbrewer is really nice and light for summer, or you can't go wrong with furious. whatever kind of brew you prefer, would be the correct answer, even if that means michgldn lite or whatever. but the whole point of your home tap system is fresh local beer--get surly, or your favorite local selection.

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                Bryan Gros RE: MarkG Jul 7, 2008 10:23 AM

                Go for fresh beer--make your own.

                The other benefit is you can usually fit three 5 gallon cornelius kegs in the same space as one big half barrel keg.

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                  Jim Dorsch RE: Bryan Gros Jul 7, 2008 11:38 AM

                  I expect you could also fit three 1/6-bbl kegs of commercial beer in the same space, but IAC that would require a three-tap setup, or lots of patience.

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                  kelarry RE: MarkG Jul 16, 2008 01:23 AM

                  Best beer I've ever had on tap was Smuttynose Jack Daniels porter. Amazing.

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