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Old 10-16-2011, 08:24 PM   #1
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Anyone here use Casks? Seems to be a cheaper alternative to kegging. Any cons to using a cask?

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Probably the only con is shelf life. You're looking at about a week in cask. If you got friends or a big
thirst you should be ok.

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Probably the only con is shelf life. You're looking at about a week in cask. If you got friends or a big
thirst you should be ok.
Interesting, is that because it loses carbonation?
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Interesting, is that because it loses carbonation?
It begins to oxidize

You can prevent this by using an aspirator valve

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...tor-valve.html
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:55 AM   #5
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It begins to oxidize

You can prevent this by using an aspirator valve

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...tor-valve.html
Or, instead of spending 90 bucks on that, you could pick up a low pressure propane regulator and some hose barb fittings at your local home improvement store for $12 or so. That's how I run the breather on my "cask" ales. It supplies 1/2 a psi of gas, so it's enough to keep a blanket on it, but not enough to really carbonate the beer.

However, both of those require a CO2 bottle, regulator, and keg/cask, so you're pretty much looking at a kegging system right there. Add a real beer engine for $200 or more, and you're behind the curve. So you can see that you're not really looking at a cheap way into the bulk storage world. My advice is to scour ebay / craigslist. Folks are always upgrading or getting out of the hobby and you can pick up a complete kegging set up for cheap.
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I have a Pin cask and use it about every month or 2 and I can tell you that the cost of the cask and the sundries are much higher than what I had to spend on setting my kegerator up. You can get cornys for about $30 a pop and my one pin cask was $150. Its also a lot harder to serve out of a cask than a traditional kegerator. Also, when we tap a cask, it is consumed within the day because letting oxygen into the cask will destroy the beer in no time.

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Thanks for the info. Glad I asked before getting into it

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