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Old 09-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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I was cutting up a tree last weekend, getting frustrated my chainsaw was to small for what I was doing. After a few hours I came in the house and my friends who came over to "help me" were sitting around the kitchen table enjoying some home brew, which is fine, even encouraged! But one friend has had to much, he's slurring his words. I told him he needed to call someone for a ride home or I'd beat the crap out of him. So as he's waiting for his ride, he asked for some home brew to take home; I picked up the keg of stout, and half of a newly tapped keg has been drank. This was my "A" list stout, that would have lasted me months to drink, savoring one pint at a time. All I'm saying is what the heck people. I'm not going to nag another grown man to stop drinking, I am not his mother or his wife (not their job either). Next time I'm having people over I'll valve off the co2 and that will limit how much can get drunk; on the other hand I don't want people to see what I'm doing and start monkeying with the co2. How do you limit beer consumption off kegs?

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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I was cutting up a tree last weekend, getting frustrated my chainsaw was to small for what I was doing. After a few hours I came in the house and my friends who came over to "help me" were sitting around the kitchen table enjoying some home brew, which is fine, even encouraged! But one friend has had to much, he's slurring his words. I told him he needed to call someone for a ride home or I'd beat the crap out of him. So as he's waiting for his ride, he asked for some home brew to take home; I picked up the keg of stout, and half of a newly tapped keg has been drank. This was my "A" list stout, that would have lasted me months to drink, savoring one pint at a time. All I'm saying is what the heck people. I'm not going to nag another grown man to stop drinking, I am not his mother or his wife (not their job either). Next time I'm having people over I'll valve off the co2 and that will limit how much can get drunk; on the other hand I don't want people to see what I'm doing and start monkeying with the co2. How do you limit beer consumption off kegs?


they will always find a way, lol i had a good friend kill 3/4 bottle of johnny blue while i was in the back bbq'in
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I would bottle off the kegerator before friends come over and disconnect the liquid lines from the kegs and hand out bottles.

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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it's easy for me. I'm very anti-social in the real world. it's not very often my wife & I ever have people over. and when we do, 98% of the few don't like my "dark beers", such as my Helles.

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If you have a "special" beer that you don't want to share, then don't share it. Take it off the tap and sub something else in. You can't regulate how much people drink if you put it out for them. Same goes for expensive bombers, rare beers etc.

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Offer them a different beer that you don't mind parting with, don't offer them beer, or don't complain about them drinking your beer.

For example, the beer in my fridge is established as my fancy, expensive beer that's off-limits. Guests drink what's on tap.

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A few of you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I'm the first one to admit I am part of the Hypocrisy. Many times I started with one beer and that turned into two, then three. It's not the end of the world, a beer that I was thinking about for the last 4 months was pounded down, like a college kid drinking at a party. If you give beer away for free, a small few people may decide that free beer means, drink as much as I can. If having tapped beer turns into a problem, no matter what happens, I'm not turning into a beer nazi. And that is why I am asking you folks for help and ideas?

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Smaller kegs? I don't think taking the CO2 off would help - if there is even a decent amount gone from the keg already the head pressure would probably allow the rest to flow (might get mighty slow by the end though so that could "limit" them)
You could get mighty trick with it and hook up a couple of solenoid valves to the beer lines, one to the beer, one to CO2, and a flow switch/sensor and a microcontroller so that if too many beers are poured from a keg in too short a timeframe the beer valve shuts, CO2 opens and it looks like the keg has blown. Wait untill the freinds have gone and you can reset your tap and enjoy a nice quiet pint of you A-list stout!
I image that that wasn't really what you were imagining but at least you could hassel them for always killing your kegs when they are over!

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How about a 24v solenoid valve in the beer line and a time delay. You get one shot at pouring a beer, then have to wait five minutes. mattd2 if I did it that way, I wouldn't be able to work it. My crap would be broken.

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