As most people do, I apologize if these questions have been answered before. I've been doing some research on kegging and am definitely interested in kegging over bottling. However, the large upfront investment makes my wife hesitant on allowing me to make the purchases. Shes interested in kegging too, though I'm pretty sure she enjoys bottling day the most. We are still very much beginners in the homebrew realm, using extract kits. We just brewed our 5th kit the other night and it is currently fermenting. Currently I am considering buying piece-mail to spread the cost out over time but still get use out of everything. So onto the questions:
1) Natural carbonation. I've read a lot of negativity about natural carb. Is it that much more difficult to do natural over CO2 in a keg? Time isn't a huge deal to me.
2) Chilling. This is one of the big ones. I'm thinking about getting a 1 or 2.5 gallon keg and doing half and half. That way I can make room in the regular refrigerator for it, as opposed to spending the money on a secondary one right now. I saw one guy say that he kegged in the winter so he could store it outside. I'm in NC, so not the most ideal for that, but the garage stays chilly enough.
3) Storage time. How long will a tapped keg last? I've seen a lot of different answers on this and just looking for a solid answer.
Thanks for the help. I've been lurking for awhile, figured it was about time that I should hop on and start asking questions!