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?

  • You'll want a way to get that keg cold while carbonating too, warm beer won't force carbonate as well.
    – PMV
    Commented Nov 18, 2010 at 19:04
  • how cold does the keg have to be?
    – CLJ
    Commented Nov 18, 2010 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
    Commented Nov 18, 2010 at 19:34

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


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

  • I used this system ages ago, works a treat.
    – CaveMan
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 18:43

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