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Old 03-05-2013, 11:45 PM   #351
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1. Can it be used to force carbonate a beer?

Yes you can, but it takes a lot of CO2 carts, and in my experience does not carb as well.

2. If so, are you better off naturally carbonating the beer and then using the CO2 to serve it?

Yes, I always naturally carb, then serve using CO2

3. If you naturally carbonate the beer and then take its cap off to put the dispensing cap on, aren't you going to lose a lot of the carbonation or because its been absorbed by the beer itself, you'd be fine?

This is why you put the TAD in the fridge 3-4 days before opening and putting on the faucet. The CO2 will dissolve into the beer, same thing with bottle conditioned beers. If you just open the TAD warm and put the faucet on, you will lose some carbonation (i was impatient my first time and can say this is true).



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Old 03-06-2013, 04:51 PM   #352
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Bottles, kegs, TAD.. You always have to cold crash after carbonation, because the co2 only dissolve in liquid at low temp.

Went you open the TAD, the gaz that goes out is only the one stucked in the headspace, and it will be replace by the co2 cartridge. The co2 dissolved in the beer will stay unless you let it open for a certain time, like a beer in a glass.

I see and use TAD like a cask. Its naturally carbonated and co2 only push out the beer. I think you could even poor it only by gravity if you're going to empty the draft in a short time



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Old 03-07-2013, 08:57 PM   #353
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I'm thinking of picking up this system for gallon/small batches; ciders, etc. Any suggestions of where people are getting theirs?
Does Miller/Coors still make theirs?
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:10 AM   #354
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I'm thinking of picking up this system for gallon/small batches; ciders, etc. Any suggestions of where people are getting theirs?
Does Miller/Coors still make theirs?
TIA
I thought they stopped selling them in Charlotte, NC any more. But they do still sell them. See this post:

http://homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/9493/which-geographies-are-millercoors-light-home-draft-units-available

And it has this link that the coors light home draft "finder":
http://apps.facebook.com/homedraftlocator/

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:20 AM   #355
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1. Can it be used to force carbonate a beer?
2. If so, are you better off naturally carbonating the beer and then using the CO2 to serve it?
I usually naturally carbonate 2 bottles and force carbonate 1 bottle (that way, I can drink it right away, and by the time I'm done with the first bottle, the next one is carbed-up naturally).

You can force carb and it will take about 16 grams to carbonate and 16 grams to dispense. If you force carb using the standard regulator pressure, or you can mess with the pressure, as I show in these videos:
But the above videos are talking about Miller/Coors Lite Home draft, which are a little different than Tap A Draft. I still haven't attempted to force carb with my "real" 16 g TAD, but I'm confident it can be done, maybe by just pushing a paper clip into the regulator (that's the way the original 8 g TAD used to work).

If you don't want to play with the regulator on your tap, you can also force carbonate with a "hobo cap" as seen here:

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3. If you naturally carbonate the beer and then take its cap off to put the dispensing cap on, aren't you going to lose a lot of the carbonation or because its been absorbed by the beer itself, you'd be fine?
Don't worry about that. Just get it really cold so it doesn't foam up when you take the cap off.

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Old 03-10-2013, 01:30 PM   #356
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Hmm, I'll have to check some of my grocery stores since it says they are available. Though I'm not sure of the accuracy since one of the locations it listed closed about a year ago. Thx

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Hmm, I'll have to check some of my grocery stores since it says they are available. Though I'm not sure of the accuracy since one of the locations it listed closed about a year ago. Thx
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Okay TAD owners, here is my question for i did not see it yet. Has any one used to fill their TAD to fill up some bottles by making some kinda of beergun. if so.
1. How did you do it.
2. How did the carb turn out

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Old 03-11-2013, 05:32 PM   #359
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Okay TAD owners, here is my question for i did not see it yet. Has any one used to fill their TAD to fill up some bottles by making some kinda of beergun. if so.
1. How did you do it.
2. How did the carb turn out
i have filled growlers with it to bring to friends, and the carb stays fine for that day or two, just like normal tap filling.

Other than that, i cannot say i have filled bottles, capped them, and returned to drink them weeks later.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:09 PM   #360
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Crap. I was all excited that they had them right up the street one mile from my house (based on the finder application). Maybe that thing is not kept up to date as they're actually doing a pull back in distribution.


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