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Old 01-11-2010, 12:37 PM   #31
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I reassembled it today an gave it a good coat of food grade lubricant, and it is working great. I think i will keg a Chocolate stout tonight with priming sugar for 1.5% CO2. Then I can try it out next weekend!
Awesome!! How/where is it mounted? Doesn't look like it can sand on it own. Looked like you clamp it to something....?
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:33 PM   #32
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Awesome!! How/where is it mounted? Doesn't look like it can sand on it own. Looked like you clamp it to something....?
Exactly, It clamps to a counter top and has one inlet on the bottom. here is a little video of it at work.I was just pumping water through it testing it out.

I plan on building it a little enclosure, or attaching it to a mini fridge.I'll keep you posted.

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Old 01-11-2010, 02:36 PM   #33
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That thing is foxy! Do you plan on serving from a corny, or are you going to use a pin and cask breather?

I've only ever served via gravity from my pin, but I sure would use it a lot more if I had a pump and a breather!

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Old 01-11-2010, 03:04 PM   #34
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So I've been doing some looking around and I guess the big question is...

Sparkler or no Sparkler?

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Old 01-11-2010, 03:57 PM   #35
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That thing is foxy! Do you plan on serving from a corny, or are you going to use a pin and cask breather?

I've only ever served via gravity from my pin, but I sure would use it a lot more if I had a pump and a breather!
My plan is to serve from a 5 gallon corny for now, I think I am going to set up a one way valve attached to a 20µm filter as a keg breather for parties where the keg will have a good chance to be finished, as for daily use I want to set up a Cask aspirator. MrH talked about it earlier in this thread, It is basically a low pressure gas regulator that you hook up in line to the keg. It provides 11in of pressure to the keg, so there is a blanket of CO2 protecting the beer. Its not a true real ale, but I should not drink a keg in 3 days. I know I can but really should not.

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So I've been doing some looking around and I guess the big question is...

Sparkler or no Sparkler?
Yes, I have ordered a set of replacement gaskets from the UK, and a set of 3 different sized sparklers. I've read that they help out a lot.
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:02 PM   #36
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Pardon the noob-ish question but, what's a sparkler?

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Glad you asked. It's a device that allows cask beer fanatics to complain about each other.

Basically, it's like a restricter plate from a stout faucet on the end of the beer engine spout. Looks a bit like a shower head and helps to knock more CO2 out of suspension and make a frothy head.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_engine#Sparkler

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Pardon the noob-ish question but, what's a sparkler?
I did not know ether until a few months ago when I started looking in to this. It is a tip that goes on the end of the goose neck spout. It has lots of little holes to spray the beer out and aerate it as the beer is poured, and make the beer frothy, kinda like N2 does with a Guinness or a Bodingtons.
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If you get on some forums that deal with cask beer, it can get pretty funny.

People arguing about using a device that makes their flat beer even flatter.

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Aha! That would explain it!

I enjoyed a tasty hand pulled Scottish ale at Square One Brewery in St. Louis over the holidays. It came out all frothy like a Guinness. Now I know how/why!

Thanks guys.

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