New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermeneter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Put local brew in a mini keg?




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-13-2013, 02:27 AM   #1
MichaelOrtega01
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Default Put local brew in a mini keg?

I have a mini kegerator and just finished a 5L mini keg of Spaten.

Can I sanitize the Spaten mini keg and fill with beer from a local brewery? Do I need to prime the mini keg with sugar? Is the co2 enough to keep the beer carbed?

I really don't know anything about brewing so any help is appreciated.

Thanks



__________________
MichaelOrtega01 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
Dynachrome
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Americas Hinterland, Wisconsin
Posts: 1,867
Liked 55 Times on 49 Posts
Likes Given: 436

Default

Can you clean the inside?

If you can, then you may be able to. Then after cleaning, you would want to sanitize it also.

What kind of cap or seal does it have?



__________________
I drink therefore I am.
Dynachrome is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 03:35 AM   #3
itsme6582
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Cleveland
Posts: 813
Liked 22 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Priming won't work. The brewery most likely filters the yeast. Your best bet is just to start brewing your own.

Do those kegs need a CO2 cartridge? If they do, just put the beer in there and charge it. The beer's already carbed up.

__________________
itsme6582 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 04:44 AM   #4
Raenon
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: York, PA
Posts: 425
Liked 52 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Pretty sure Spaten uses the regular 5l mini keg with the replaceable bung, not the single use ones like Heineken, right?

I actually forced carbed both beer and apfelwein in cornies and then filled those little steel kegs, simply raised the carbonation slightly to amount for any possible loss and filled like I might a growler. I took the extra precaution to keep them cool (especially the apfelwein as I backsweetened without pastreurizing) but I think both precautions of higher co2 volume and cold were ultimately unnecessary for the beer, even pouring from the bottom tap it had PLENTY of co2 on the first day (and one open keg still had a reasonable head on it the next evening, despite having the gray open vent bung on the top)
This is after more than a week and travelling 1100 miles in a cooler in the trunk.

If you're pouring from one of those countertop kegerators on co2, I'm very sure you'll be happy with the carb level if you have it filled like a growler. Just make sure to wash it first!

BTW, considering buying a countertop dispenser for a gift, would you recommend the one you have, and what is it?

__________________
Raenon is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 08:24 AM   #5
MichaelOrtega01
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dynachrome
Can you clean the inside?

If you can, then you may be able to. Then after cleaning, you would want to sanitize it also.

What kind of cap or seal does it have?
The mini keg had a vented plug. In order to serve the beer in my mini kegerator I had to remove the vented plug and replace with a plug that fit my tap. I can easily sanitize the keg.
__________________
MichaelOrtega01 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
MichaelOrtega01
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by itsme6582
Priming won't work. The brewery most likely filters the yeast. Your best bet is just to start brewing your own.

Do those kegs need a CO2 cartridge? If they do, just put the beer in there and charge it. The beer's already carbed up.
Yes, I have a mini regulator that attaches to 16g CO2 cartridges to pressurize the keg and keep the beer flowing through the mini kegerator.

Thanks for the feedback. I wonder if a brewery would be willing to fill my mini keg with their beer.
__________________
MichaelOrtega01 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 08:43 AM   #7
MichaelOrtega01
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Raenon
Pretty sure Spaten uses the regular 5l mini keg with the replaceable bung, not the single use ones like Heineken, right?

I actually forced carbed both beer and apfelwein in cornies and then filled those little steel kegs, simply raised the carbonation slightly to amount for any possible loss and filled like I might a growler. I took the extra precaution to keep them cool (especially the apfelwein as I backsweetened without pastreurizing) but I think both precautions of higher co2 volume and cold were ultimately unnecessary for the beer, even pouring from the bottom tap it had PLENTY of co2 on the first day (and one open keg still had a reasonable head on it the next evening, despite having the gray open vent bung on the top)
This is after more than a week and travelling 1100 miles in a cooler in the trunk.

If you're pouring from one of those countertop kegerators on co2, I'm very sure you'll be happy with the carb level if you have it filled like a growler. Just make sure to wash it first!

BTW, considering buying a countertop dispenser for a gift, would you recommend the one you have, and what is it?
Thanks for the guidance. maybe a dumb question - but what is the process for filling a growler? Do you just pour the beer in or is there a special process?

I was actually gifted a Krupps Beertender. I love it since modding it with CO2. Out of the box it only supports Heineken and New Castle mini kegs. These mini kegs have a proprietary design with a built in CO2 widget. To get my dispenser to support non-pressurized/non-proprietary mini kegs I purchased an EdgeStar Tap Conversion kit online for $60. The conversion kit is designed for the EdgeStar countertop dispenser, but I found a video on YouTube where a guy shows how to use the EdgeStar kit with the Krupps Beertender. It's actually very easy, requires you to drill a small hole. You could save yourself the added effort by buying the EdgeStar dispenser but I think it's quite a bit more expensive than the Krupps Beertender. If you are interested I'm happy to share more details on my experience modding the Beertender.
__________________
MichaelOrtega01 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 01:55 PM   #8
itsme6582
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Cleveland
Posts: 813
Liked 22 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MichaelOrtega01 View Post
Thanks for the feedback. I wonder if a brewery would be willing to fill my mini keg with their beer.
If they won't fill it. You might be able to buy growers and pour them in the keg when you get home. Make sure everything is very cold if you do this. This will help keep the head down while you transfer.


__________________
itsme6582 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Local brew shops mtrogers14 New York HomeBrew Forum 10 01-27-2014 02:43 AM
Local Pub - Brew On Tap Doesn't Taste Right Logzor General Beer Discussion 14 05-11-2012 02:20 AM
For Sale - WTT Mini Fridge Local Philadelphia BoundForBeer For Sale 5 01-14-2011 10:45 AM
2nd in local GABF Pro-Am Brew-Off Rick500 Colorado HomeBrew Forum 4 08-11-2010 02:32 AM
Local Brew History ReverbbqBrew General Beer Discussion 2 02-05-2009 08:03 PM