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Old 12-03-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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I have previously used the plastic barrel kegs, as well as the odd bottled batch, to dispense my beer. Now I've purchased my 1st cornie and can't wait to use it. Over time I hope to collect quite a few and built a kegorator, but for now will just be keeping this in the fridge and dispensing as easily as I can straight from the keg.

So...what are the minimum add-ons required? I have just the cornie on it's own, so guessed I would need a Co2 bottle and regulator, coupled with a tap I can attach direct to the cornie for dispensing.

Is it as easy as that? Am I missing anything?

I am hoping to sanitise the keg with Iodophor, so if anybody knows of any problems this may cause, please let me know.

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At minumum you will need the disconects (either ball or pin depending on the keg) beer line, gas line, a picnic tap, and some sort of co2 tank.

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Iodophor will be fine for sanitizing.

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Old 12-03-2008, 07:41 PM   #4
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Can you tell from the link to the ebay item I bought - 20 litre Beermaking Cornelius Keg Beer s/steel homebrew on eBay, also, Beer Wine Making, Food Drink, Home Garden (end time 30-Nov-08 18:10:50 GMT) - whether this is a pin or ball lock?

Isn't it possible to get a tap that connects direct to the cornie? Thought I had seen pics of this before.

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Can you tell from the link to the ebay item I bought - 20 litre Beermaking Cornelius Keg Beer s/steel homebrew on eBay, also, Beer Wine Making, Food Drink, Home Garden (end time 30-Nov-08 18:10:50 GMT) - whether this is a pin or ball lock?

Isn't it possible to get a tap that connects direct to the cornie? Thought I had seen pics of this before.

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Yes, you can get a tap that fits on the keg, but you might not want that. You'll probably get a ton of foam if the beer is properly carbonated. You are going to want about 6 feet of beer line and a picnic (cobra) tap. You will want a regulator and co2 tank, also, which was already mentioned. In a pinch, though, you could prime the keg and carbonate it that way. Then use one of these for dispensing: Cornelius Keg Portable Co2 Charger

I can't see the top of the keg, but it does look like pin lock.
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I think its a ball lock because I think that is a presure relief pin in the picture and i dont think pin locks have those (i know mine doesnt). But it is hard to tell from the picture.

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+ 1 for ball-lock, because of the pressure relief valve, although you really can't see.

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I would also say ball lock. I have 4 that look just like that keg.

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I bought a two keg system.

Then, I bought two more kegs.

Then, I bought four more kegs.

Now, I want more kegs.

It never really ends. Once you start putting beer in them and aging it, you just want more and more.

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[QUOTE=YooperBrew;988349]Yes, you can get a tap that fits on the keg, but you might not want that. You'll probably get a ton of foam if the beer is properly carbonated. You are going to want about 6 feet of beer line and a picnic (cobra) tap. You will want a regulator and co2 tank, also, which was already mentioned. In a pinch, though, you could prime the keg and carbonate it that way. Then use one of these for dispensing: Cornelius Keg Portable Co2 Charger


I am definetley set on getting the portable charger, that looks great. From what I have seen, I should be able to force carb the beer using this only and can even fit a gauage between the connect and the charger to see the co2 level. Definately my preferred option over a large co2 tank.

Thanks for the recommendation!

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