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Old 03-22-2005, 11:12 PM   #1
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I just purchased one of the party star mini keg setup.

Can anyone tell me how they actually primed thier mini keg?

I heard you dont have to prime your mini keg if you want to just use the co2 in this system. Anyone know how that works?

More importantly, Id like to split my 5 gallon batch into maybe 1-2 mini kegs and the rest in bottles, anyone have a suggestion on how to go about this?

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Welcome to the forum!

Priming it would be just like priming a batch. Add the appropriate amount of sugar and seal it up. Let it sit in a warm area for a few weeks and it'll be good to go.

Forced carbonation is the other type of carbonating you've heard of. I'm not familiar with your specific setup (post a link and I'll check it out). In general, you chill the beer in the keg, then put it under pressure from a CO2 tank...about 30PSI. You can shake it to speed things up. That'll carbonate your beer with no sugar.

As for your last question, I've been thinking about that lately too. I always keg but would like to give away some bottles sometimes. I was thinking the easiest way would be to keg like normal, then fill bottles from the keg and add one of those priming tablets to each bottle. Seems like an easy way to bottle 1, 2 or 10 bottles and keg the rest.

Your other option is to buy a counterpressure bottler which requires a CO2 tank and kegs. Check out www.morebeer.com if you want to check one out. These things can be really tricky to use. Cheers!

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As for your last question, I've been thinking about that lately too. I always keg but would like to give away some bottles sometimes. I was thinking the easiest way would be to keg like normal, then fill bottles from the keg and add one of those priming tablets to each bottle. Seems like an easy way to bottle 1, 2 or 10 bottles and keg the rest.

I'd be curious to see how that works. I assume you would bottle it immediately before force carbing? I think you'd have bottle bombs otherwise. Some CO2 and then a priming tablet would be bad news I'd guess....
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Here is the link to the setup im purchasing ive seen them in action and they work well for small get togethers, a lot easier than the equal amount of bottles.
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/products.asp?category=180&super=20'

I like the way it works compared the philtap setup.

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xpoc - if you really want a kegging system you'll be happy with, grab some cornelius kegs and a CO2 tank and regulator. It's the way to go. CO2 cartriges and the small size of other systems just don't make sense to me. YMMV.

orrelse - Yes, you bottle with no dissolved CO2, so before force carbonating the kegs.

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xpoc - if you really want a kegging system you'll be happy with, grab some cornelius kegs and a CO2 tank and regulator. It's the way to go. CO2 cartriges and the small size of other systems just don't make sense to me. YMMV.

orrelse - Yes, you bottle with no dissolved CO2, so before force carbonating the kegs.
Well i plan on doing the cornelius keg, but those wont help me if I want to carry a small amount to a party or a picnic. Specially if I dont want to carry 10+ bottles around.
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Gotcha. FWIW, with summer coming, I've been thinking about the mobility of keg beer, too. I'm going to build a jockey box and take a corny keg and 5 lb CO2 bottle with me to parties and whatnot. But maybe I and my friends are bigger drunks than you and yours

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I just purchased one of the party star mini keg setup.

Can anyone tell me how they actually primed thier mini keg?

I heard you dont have to prime your mini keg if you want to just use the co2 in this system. Anyone know how that works?

More importantly, Id like to split my 5 gallon batch into maybe 1-2 mini kegs and the rest in bottles, anyone have a suggestion on how to go about this?

thanks
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I've been wondering similar things, like if you prime the whole batch for bottling, with 3/4 cup sugar, would that be too much priming for mini kegs? I would idealy like to put 3 gals in those 5 liter kegs and the rest in bottles, but don't want to mess with alot of splitting of batches, dividing conditioning sugar etc.
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Here is the link to the setup im purchasing ive seen them in action and they work well for small get togethers, a lot easier than the equal amount of bottles.
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/products.asp?category=180&super=20'

I like the way it works compared the philtap setup.
What are the differences between the party star and the philtap? I see that the star uses 16 gram cartridges, and the phil uses 12 gram. What else makes the party star better in your opinion?
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What are the differences between the party star and the philtap? I see that the star uses 16 gram cartridges, and the phil uses 12 gram. What else makes the party star better in your opinion?
Well i have seen the party star in action and was told by that guy that he didnt like the phil tap. SO that helped my decision, but also the part star has like a built in handle that is the pump. This is nice cause you can carry the keg around with the pump. The phil tap apparatus doesnt look sturdy enough to carry around with the pump.
Carrying it around is kidna fun in parties if you want to go around and fill people up. :P
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