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I currently only bottle beer, but I would like to have the flexibility of kegging beer to bring to a party from time to time. I do not want to commit to a kegerator. I will be happy to try to keep the beer on ice during the event. What is the smallest amount of gear that I can get away with to accomplish this and about how much will it cost?

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You'll want a way to get that keg cold while carbonating too, warm beer won't force carbonate as well. – PMV Nov 18 '10 at 19:04
how cold does the keg have to be? – CLJ Nov 18 '10 at 19:32
Nothing more than the target temperature of the beer. You can let it warm up after carbonating too, if you want. – PMV Nov 18 '10 at 19:34
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Something like this setup would be the minimum for 5 gallons of beer:


A 5 gallon keg, CO2 tank, regulator, and tap.

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I used this system ages ago, works a treat. – CaveMan Nov 17 '10 at 18:43

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