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Old 01-15-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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So Sometimes it get tiresome bottling. I don't exactly have the required space for a kegging system at the moment but would like to have something that I can "keg" and put in my refrigerator. I have looked at both of these systems and been somewhat leaning towards the tap a draft that Northern Brewer sells. Anyone else have either of these at home that could give me some input on these?

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #2
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I made a TAD system complete(see pic) with 3 taps that carbed and dispensed through a 20 oz paintball tank and kegconnection regulator. I ended up collecting 17 TAD/coors lite bottles to use(if anyone in the bay area of CA wants them msg me). The system worked great, but I bit the bullet and upgraded to the keezer.

Given the cost of the TAD system and the bottles, caps, tanks, regulator, and accessories I highly recommend just going with the corny kegging system and freezer. It is what you will end up with in the end, and is far superior. I now have a keezer with 2 perlick taps and 10 kegs.

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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That is pretty clever

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I have the party pig. I like it and I'm trying to figure out a way to use it to make more cask-like ale. The downside is that it's considerably larger than those Coors/Miller keg things so I don't get to use it very much due to how much fridge space it normally takes. It wasn't a problem when I lived alone but my wife and I keep too much food (and bottled beer) in the fridge to also fit the pig.

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Old 01-15-2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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I have the TAD, and I also rigged up a system to use paintball CO2 tanks. It's a good system, but I did end up transitioning to full legging pretty quickly. I plan to still use it for test batches that I might not drink quickly or are smaller volume.

It does take up more room in your fridge than you might think, but it is definitely a more efficient process than bottling. The caps that come on the TAD are a bit thin and flimsy. I did get some more heavy duty caps with a good gasket so I could naturally carbonate in the TAD bottles.

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Old 01-15-2012, 08:52 PM   #6
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I have a party pig. I only used it once, but I wasn't impressed. I basically was looking for something to fill off a keg to bring to parties. If the new Draftmark could be hacked, that would be ideal for me so I could bring a variety of beers to parties. As it is now, I fill a bunch of 22 oz bottles, and it's a PITA.

I'm not sure of the volume that Tap-a-Draft holds, but I would go with that over a party pig any day.

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Old 01-16-2012, 12:09 AM   #7
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I have used the tap a draft for almost a year. I love it. I don't have the space for a keezer, and I really don't go through enough beer to justify it. Plus, you can buy a styrofoam cooler and cut out a hole for the tap and you have a portable system for cheap. Great for tailgating.

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sounds cool Jgarner. Love all the input here guys. What is the paintball tank?

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Old 02-18-2012, 12:06 PM   #9
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still dont know what to get, but have been leaning towards the party pig seems pretty easy. Anyone ever use those 5liter kegs?

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Given the cost of the TAD system and the bottles, caps, tanks, regulator, and accessories I highly recommend just going with the corny kegging system and freezer. It is what you will end up with in the end, and is far superior.
Everyone says that, but it's just not true. Maybe there's not a huge difference in price between a TAD and the most basic kegging system, but there are a lot of costs to a full kegging system well beyond that $185 starter kit.

You can get a TAD for what, 60 bucks? You aren't going to be able to get everything you need to effectively keg for anywhere remotely close to that.

I had the TAD back before my full kegging system. I liked it pretty well. I can't even explain my level of giddiness the first time I poured a beer off of that thing!

The TAD is not the final solution. You will want to move up eventually. However, the TAD is a nice stop on the road to full kegging. Plus, you could still use it for various things once you get a full kegging system.
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