I bought one of these last week. I'm trying to choke down the contents prior to Saturday, when I am planning to bottle (and refill this piggie) my imperial blonde ale, made from extract/kit from Brewer's Best.
I'm getting less help drinking this stuff than I would have expected. Perhaps I've "over- educated" my regular guests on craft brew and homebrew, but I digress...
Anyway, my purpose is three-fold:
1) to get a real sense of how many days of drinking at my casual pace will one of these things last. Since I'm often doing something else (mowing the yard, socializing on the deck, etc.) when I'm drinking, I don't really count how many servings I down. So I don't really know how long "16 12-oz. servings" will last at my house.
2) to compare this type of draft experience to my bottled homebrew experience. Same taste with less bottling hassle? Better/worse carbonation/head properties? Easier serving or taking up too much space in the fridge?
3) My brother will be sharing the bounty on Saturday, and will be "kegging" some in his TAB system. I want to see how similar the systems are - could they be used interchangably? Is the Miller Lite pig a more economical alternative to TAB, or just a marketing novelty? Is the Home Draft container/tap system durable enough for regular re-use?
I'm trying to decide whether to migrate to home draft pigs for all my homebrew (keep buying or acquiring these pigs), reserve this type of kegging for mobile units (for picnics and whatnot), or just scrap the whole idea. Nothing like practical experience to help the mind clarify and prioritize the relevant issues.