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Old 08-14-2006, 08:09 AM   #1
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Default Mini-Keg for Cask Conditioned?

Hey all,
I got a mini keg the other day, and now I've got a ton of questions.
I'd like to recreate a cask conditioned real ale. I have a venting bung on the way through the post; is there anything else I need? The mini-keg is one of those 5 litre DAB jobs. If I want the low carbonation of the cask ale, do I need any kind of dispenser besides the one already built in? Mini keg veterans! Help a brother out!

HB99, if you read this, I know you know all about it. What do you think? Thanks.

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OOPS. Sorry, double post.

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Old 08-14-2006, 04:05 PM   #2
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My experience with mini-kegs says it would be difficult to not have cask-conditioned ale while using them. Never could get them to hold much pressure. You could just drill out a bung so an air lock would fit.

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Old 08-14-2006, 04:24 PM   #3
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Let me get this straight...you want to vent off the CO2 so you don't get overcarbonated? Is that right?

If you have the built in tap...red tap pulls out and you turn to allow beer to flow...and it's equiped with the rubber bung with the red plastic knob in it all you need to do is turn the knob to vent air out.

If the keg does not have the built in tap you can still use the vent bung, but you'll have no way to dispense your beer...hmmm...

Not too many choices except to get the built in tap kegs and buy the vent bungs...most of mine are that way, but I do have a few that I can only tap.

If I'm totally off base here get back to me.

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I'm soooo going to screw around with this idea when I get home. Might be tough getting all the dry-hops out of there though...

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Thanks for getting back to me so quick, guys. Sorry for the convuluted post...let me explain better.
I have a mini keg that has the built in tap on the bottom and a vent thing on top that you turn when you want to start drinking. I want to refill it with homebrew. I've noticed online that there are some co2 systems made for these minikegs, with which you can force carb your homebrew in the minikeg. Then there are references to "gravity dispensing" without the co2 setup. I'm wondering what equipment, if any, I'll need to follow the gravity dispensing route. I just want to fill the keg with primed hb, without having to buy a co2 setup. I bought a special 2-piece bung online--but maybe I didn't need to...
To clean and add hb, how do you get the original bung off the top? Is the original one reusable? Or do I need the bung I ordered online? This is the most I've ever used the word bung for it's intended meaning.
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Old 08-14-2006, 06:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for getting back to me so quick, guys. Sorry for the convuluted post...let me explain better. I have a mini keg that has the built in tap on the bottom and a vent thing on top that you turn when you want to start drinking. I want to refill it with homebrew. I've noticed online that there are some co2 systems made for these minikegs, with which you can force carb your homebrew in the minikeg. Then there are references to "gravity dispensing" without the co2 setup. I'm wondering what equipment, if any, I'll need to follow the gravity dispensing route. I just want to fill the keg with primed hb, without having to buy a co2 setup. I bought a special 2-piece bung online--but maybe I didn't need to...To clean and add hb, how do you get the original bung off the top? Is the original one reusable? Or do I need the bung I ordered online? This is the most I've ever used the word bung for it's intended meaning. Thanks!Monk
OK, too simple.

If you have the (red) tap that pulls out on the bottom AND the bung on top that has the plastic thing you turn --- THAT is the gravity system I was referring and you read about. You DO NOT need to buy another thing to use it.

Simply pull the (red) knob out of the top...it snaps out and back in. Then pull the bung out...I use pliers. Be careful not to cut through or tear the bung or else you'll have to buy another one. Be sure to lubricate (with water) when reassembling.

There are replacement bungs that you can buy of the same design...I have about 8 of them.

The other bung (usually brown) has a plastic piece in the middle (usually tan) that is pushed into the keg with the draw straw (tube) of a normal CO2 cartridge-style tap. These are used on kegs without the gravity tap.

Got it?! Great!

Oh, yeah, I've seen priming for the kegs at 1 and 2 TBS, that's TABLESPOONs not tps (tea spoons), per keg. I always use 2, unless I'm kegging Hefe Weizen then I use 3 TBS.
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Old 08-14-2006, 06:33 PM   #7
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Awesome! Thanks hb99. I'm making a little experimental Bitter today that will go into the keg in a week or two. Thanks for your help, guys.

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You're welcome...

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Hmm can you get a picture of your mini keg, I think I would like to see what it looks like.

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I think he has the minikegs on this page (not the Tap-a-Draft) w/o the CO2 and picnic tap.

http://northernbrewer.com/mini-kegs.html

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