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Old 08-07-2008, 02:05 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,
I have been lurking here for quite some time, but this is my first post. I have learned so much from everyone. I have made 6 great batches of beer, and have upgraded equipment to the point where I can do 4 batches at one time. Like a lot of people I am thinking of getting into kegging because I am tired of botteling. I do not have much room for a kegerator however so was wondering if I put the beer into the 5 liter kegs, can I use one of the several machines on the market (Avanti, or other models like this one http://cgi.ebay.com/KEGERATOR-5L-BEER-COOLER-CHILLER-KEG-DISPENSER-TAP-Bar_W0QQitemZ370074910960QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item3 70074910960&_trkparms=72%3A1072%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A2% 7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1318). The advantage of this of course is the small space it would take up, and the portability of the unit. If it is possible to do this, why does no one use them? Any help would be appreciated.
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Ok, this is from my own point of view.

I used a 5L for a batch of brown ale and it sealed and worked pretty good. There was an excessive amount of carb when I opened it, but laying it back on it's side and releasing the gas before popping the top worked to fix that. The beer was good.

As I understand it, you can get 5-7 batches average out of them before they start to rust. They are difficult to clean.

Since I now have a kegerator, I simply stopped using the 5Ls and plan on filling up growlers from the keg using BierMunchers awesum beer gun. But, you could also bottle directly into growlers if you dont' have a kegerator.

The drawback is not having a cool little cooling machien to keep the thing cold, but I honestly can't see spending that much money when an Ice Bucket and Ice cost so little.

So, personally I think that even though they work ok, I'd not do it again. There are alternatives. And, if you are thinking about using the Heineken Kegs, I think they are difficult to use because they have something inside.

A plain 5L mini can be bought at some brew supply stores, along with the plastic bungs for the top.

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