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Old 03-04-2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default Heineken Mini Kegs- whats inside

I just finished a Heiny mini keg and tried to see if it can be used for re kegging. After driving the center draft spout into the keg I then cut it open.

I don't think they can be used.

1) the center draft spout is slightly larger inside than outside, this could be worked around since it is soft aluminum.

2) the carbonator is glued to the bottom and is a small aerosol can 2" X 6" and definitely cannot be removed without cutting open the keg. this is the biggest problem because I don't think you could clean the inside with the carbonator inside.

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Old 03-04-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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I've seen people make manifolds for the normal 5L kegs... So that might be an option

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Old 03-17-2008, 10:41 PM   #3
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Is there any way to make a keg similiar to heiny keg but make it reusable?

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Old 03-17-2008, 10:48 PM   #4
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Is there any way to make a keg similiar to heiny keg but make it reusable?
you can buy them if you can find them. they were the rage for sometime, at 5 liters. now they are impossible ot find in the US.

I'm about to put my mini-keg CO2 tap up for sale since I no longer use the system.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:47 PM   #5
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you can buy them if you can find them. they were the rage for sometime, at 5 liters. now they are impossible ot find in the US.

I'm about to put my mini-keg CO2 tap up for sale since I no longer use the system.
you're right, all i can find are the "tap-a-draft" systems. We have party pigs, but those mini kegs look nice and are easy to store. What does your mini keg look like?
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:54 PM   #6
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you can buy them if you can find them. they were the rage for sometime, at 5 liters. now they are impossible ot find in the US.
Is that the same one's they sell Kostritzer in?
If so, they are readily available at my local beer dist. I don't see why any distributer couldn't order them for you. Last I checked, they were only like $17. Not bad for Kostritzer, man that is good stuff...
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They look like this


That little tap on top is exactly what I have. The box it came in is mostly in German, with some very bad Engrish translations.

They appear to have some that would work for sale here: http://www.weekendbrewer.com/minikegs.htm

note it has both a bottom dispenser, and a hole in the top for filling, plugging with a bung, and using the CO2 powered tap.

I don't have any mini-kegs left...they all eventually rusted on the inside and outside.

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Old 03-20-2008, 06:02 PM   #8
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Listermann's has the mini kegs band new for sale just bought 6, they said they had plenty

http://www.listermann.com/Store/Details.asp?ID=641

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Here are more I found.

Mini-Keg :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

I read folks have issues with carbonation with them. anyone know?

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Hello there

My first post just to show you some pictures that I took when I opened the HEINEKEN KEG 5 liter ( bought in Brazilian local market ) . I did not open to use it later.. I was just trying to find out what was inside.. so, I saw the whole can apart.







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