I bought 2 ball lock cornys, a 2 valve regulator, and a 5# tank from my uncle about a year ago. About the same time, I found a double tap that was really well kept with standard spouts. I finally found a kegerator in my price range last month (also came with a reg and 2-5# tanks), and oddly enough I am running a little low on beer . I have been building a bar around the kegerator and fridge (for bottles) which has been consuming important beer brewing time, but I plan to brew early January.
All that being said, I have questions. First off, all this stuff has been sitting for some time, I have no idea when it was last used; are there parts and pieces I should replace right off the bat? I was planning on starting off with the 5’ of beer tube that came with it; is that a good start? I have read about standard faucets not being great; should I replace them or see how they work for me first? Where can I find info on cleaning everything? Is there a procedure you go through when preparing to keg? And when the keg is empty? I’m very interested in keeping everything as clean as possible, simply so it will last as long as possible.
Any general tips for a newb like myself?
I know there is a wealth of knowledge out there, but determining which part of it are the best would take me forever, and I’m sure you guys have the info at your fingertips or readily accessable in your brains.
Thanks in advance, I’m excited to finally have beer on tap!