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$50+GST / month
I have a 2kg one. I went small so that it would fit neatly into the fridge with 2 kegs. The down side is that it requires filling semi-regularly. As we live fairly close to the bottle filling place its no problem but if filling is a pain for you then a bigger bottle would be more convenient.
Ive got a 5.5kg, lasts about 6 months per fill for me :) It is a bit of pain portability wise, I got a Sodastream bottle + adaptor though so now I can just use that for dispensing outside of the kegerator
I've got an 11Kg bottle which is awkward to fill, but on the plus side:
1) I only need to fill it every 8 or 9 months
2) The CO2 is quite a bit cheaper as anything over 8Kg is charged at the commercial rate
I probably wouldn't have been able to justify buying something like this but bought it with a MIG welder complete for $200 :-)
It's piped to 2 fridges and gasses 3 kegs.
I too have a Soda Stream adapter for dispensing at BBQs.
How many kegs are you going through a month on average (really the question is how long does 11kg last)? And are you saying you got a mig with a 11 kg bottle for $200 all up!
I've got an 11kg cylinder too. I bought it from a bloke in New Lynn- ex fire extinguisher. Can't remember how much could have been $150. He recommended a smaller cylinder 5kg (i think) because he considered it safer. If you have the co2 bottles near a sleeping area and there is a leak... there could be dire consequences. That didn't bother me- the bottle is in my garage and separate from my house. and living out of town makes the fill up a hassle. That was the decision i made at the time but i reckon 5 kg is better if i was getting another. I've had it around 2 years and filled it once. I brew around once a month to 6 weeks