First home bar advice

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by flag8r, Mar 28, 2012.

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  1. flag8r

    flag8r Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2009 Florida

    Moving shortly into a new home and going to promptly hit my wife up with home bar plans. Is purchasing a mini fridge or kegerator cheaper than buying beer traditionally? As I understand it, depending on what gas you use, it will last longer.
    Can you buy a setup where you can use smaller than standard sized kegs? (primarily only myself drinking beer)

    Thanks and cheers!
     
  2. DarthKostrizer

    DarthKostrizer Initiate (0) May 13, 2011 California

    If you plan on only purchasing Kegs from a brewery you will definitely save money. What do you mean smaller than standard size kegs. My kegerator can hold 5 gallon up to 15.5 gallon kegs
     
  3. flag8r

    flag8r Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2009 Florida

    Ok, just saw a chart that layed out all the various keg sizes. I guess I should be asking my local beer stores/ breweries what size kegs they sell. Considering non past. beer apparently will last 45-60 days I guess I'm looking at a sixth barrel keg. Sound about right?
     
  4. shuggy

    shuggy Pundit (794) Dec 22, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    45 - 60 days is pretty conservative. 90 - 120 days is more realistic. Sixth barrel kegs will not save you any money at all and quite possibly could cost more per serving than the bottled/canned equivalent of the same beer. If you want to save some coin look into buying half barrels or get something directly from a local micro/brewpub. Better yet, learn to homebrew.
     
  5. given2flybrewing

    given2flybrewing Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2008 Missouri

    Good advice here. Serve your own beer and then have a dedicated fridge for bottles.
     
  6. flag8r

    flag8r Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2009 Florida

    Looks like 1/6 kegs will have around 55 beers. Local brewery (Intuition Ale Works) sells 1/6 barrels for $65, that's $1.18 a beer. This is only about .32 cheaper per beer, not a huge savings but you are getting draft. Half barrel is $165, about a dollar a beer.

    I thought home brewing was really not cheaper at all.
     
  7. VikeMan

    VikeMan Grand Pooh-Bah (3,043) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Pooh-Bah Society

    You can do home brewing dirt cheap, and depending on the styles brewed, cheaper than typical commercial examples. But to brew the best possible homebrews takes some investment IMO. I home brew because I like it, but I don't kid myself that I'm saving any money.
     
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