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Old 08-17-2005, 07:57 PM   #1
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I am really sick of sanitizing bottles! I am thinking of purchasing a couple of Party Pigs. Has anyone ever used or tried these? I brew five gallons at a time, so two of them would be just about right... My eventual goal if to get a Korny Keg system, but for right now I can't afford to do so. Any feed back would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-17-2005, 08:30 PM   #2
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I use the 5 liter kegs a lot. 4 kegs, 1 batch!

What I like about that is I can add different fruit flavoring to one or two and maybe a liquid smoke to another while still having 1 normal beer (or any combination thereof).

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Old 08-17-2005, 11:21 PM   #3
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I am really sick of sanitizing bottles! I am thinking of purchasing a couple of Party Pigs. Has anyone ever used or tried these? I brew five gallons at a time, so two of them would be just about right... My eventual goal if to get a Korny Keg system, but for right now I can't afford to do so. Any feed back would be greatly appreciated.
Roger "Doc".

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I've never used them, but from the talking I've done to others, you either love them or you hate them. The HBS I use talks them up, but they also talk up the cornies AND bottles. They tell me they sell about equal volumes of each.
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Old 08-21-2005, 01:25 AM   #4
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Hiya, My first time posting here (been following the threads and LEARNING ALOT!)
I decided to use the Party pigs for my first ever 5 gallon batch (was using the Mr Keg system and 22oz bottles).
It seemed to go ok, I'm bottling a Red ale (sorry don't have the recipe in front of me, if anyone wants it let me know).
Was kinda easy, the only issue I had was the sugar, the recipe for the Red ale says to boil 1 cup of water with 5oz of priming sugar. I did that, but the Pig instructions says to add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of corn sugar. So I added 1/3 cup of the priming sugar/water mixture I had made up.
Everything else went smoothly (except a "small" spill) I did'nt have the other Pig ready and lost the prime on the siphon.
BTW, I did rack to a secondary (6 gallon carboy). Fermentation was for 10 days (0 activity on the airlock) and the secondary had maybe 1 bubble every 5-10 minutes. Let sit for 5 days to clear.
Put the pig together (no problems) and then used to the pump to activate the "pouch". Never heard the "pop" the instructions mention, but the the pouch was defitnetly extended and was alot of pressure in the pig.
Wil wait a few days for everything to "settle" then let ya know how the beer is.


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2 Wheat beer - fermenter.

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Old 08-23-2005, 08:31 PM   #5
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I think that the biggest problem with the pig is getting the pouch to activate.
I have one and like it a lot for my english real ales.
I bought a CO2 injector that uses 12 gram cartridges. I plan to use a short length of tubing that is the same size as the hand pump tubing and activate it that way. I haven't used this method as my LHBS stopped carrying the pouches and I just haven't bothered to track some down on the web.
I also have a Tap-A-Draft and Philtap systems.
I like all three and they perfectly suit my needs.

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Old 08-24-2005, 03:16 AM   #6
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I have one. It is part of my collection of "wish I'd spent my money elsewhere" stuff. As I recall (it's been a very long time since I've used it) it worked well, fit in the fridge, reduced bottling a 5 gal batch in half, and made me feel cool having "draft" beer. One thing I didn't like was trying to find the pouches (before I used the internet), and that I was still bottling. The pig went to my brother's attic once I bought the corneys, and I haven't seen it since.
My recomendation, if you're planning on corneys anyway, save your money. If you don't waste it on the pig, you'll be able to afford what you really want sooner.
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Old 08-24-2005, 11:07 PM   #7
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I second George, I came by mine second hand, and to me the best thing was just less bottling time. I switched to Cornies a year ago and have never looked back.

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I see the mixed reviews about the Pig. What about the Stainless Keg injector systems like what williams brewing sells? I dont have the money,resources or room for full kegging yet.

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i'd go ahead with the kegging...do you have a craigslist in your area? you can usually find some cheaper used kegs and used co2 tanks...seems like it wouldn't cost much more than a new pig

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what is a craigslist?

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