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bungholebrewery 03-29-2008 06:38 PM

heineken mini keg
is it possible to reuse the heineken mini keg for home brew?

WortMonger 03-29-2008 06:51 PM

I am curious as well having never bought one and being burned on the other kinds of mini's. The rust way to easy. Hopefully someone has reused them here.

brewNdrink 03-29-2008 08:04 PM


Originally Posted by bungholebrewery
is it possible to reuse the heineken mini keg for home brew?

Yes, you can. A mini-keg is a mini-keg. I know that you can't over-carb the things or they will bulge out. Would be good for a lower carbed beer I guess, but if you don't fill em up with more CO2 once the keg is tapped, the beer will get stale in a couple days.

I know that the Tap-A-Draft mini dispenser works with mini-kegs via an adapter. That would fill them with CO2 and keep it fresh for weeks.

WortMonger 03-29-2008 08:12 PM

So, you have used a heineken keg and refilled it?

brewNdrink 03-29-2008 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by WortMonger
So, you have used a heineken keg and refilled it?

No, not personally. About a year ago I was close to getting a "mini-keg package" with extra bungs to use with store-bought mini kegs. The folks said the store bought mini kegs can be used fine. Only difference is some have built-in spouts, some don't.

I went with the tap-a-draft system. Glad I did, because I hear those min-kegs are killer to clean and drain.

bungholebrewery 03-29-2008 11:28 PM

i have thought about the tap a draft, or just saving to get a full 5 gallon keg system.

Funkenjaeger 03-29-2008 11:37 PM

No, AFAIK you cannot use the heineken ones, they have a proprietary built-in CO2 charged draft system... There are plenty of breweries making beers in the more basic type of mini-kegs (bung in the top, simple spigot) that could be reused, but heineken is different. This has been discussed a number of times before, try searching - I even recall a thread where someone dissected a heineken keg to try to determine if it could be made reusable.

bungholebrewery 03-29-2008 11:47 PM

yea, i saw that post about taking apart the mini keg. I ended up seeing it after i posted this lol. :cross:

anyone know of other brands that have reuseable mini kegs?

sonetlumiere85 03-30-2008 12:32 AM

I know that Warsteiner can be obtained in mini-keg form.

bungholebrewery 03-30-2008 01:26 AM

sounds good, ill check that out.

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