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Old 03-11-2011, 02:52 AM   #1
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I have been brwing a little over a year and i hate bottling. I am ready to start kegging. Its in the northern brewer magazine for 66 bucks. I planned on buying a used kegerator but saw this and thought I would see what people thought.

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Old 03-11-2011, 02:59 AM   #2
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They work pretty well, but your beer will inevitably be yeasty, since you naturally carbonate the beer instead of force carbonating. The systems serves the beer well, but at a standard carbonation level. It's not good if you want a light carbonation level for a British style beer.

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Right now I naturally carbinate in bottles. So it would be the same as that?

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Right now I naturally carbinate in bottles. So it would be the same as that?
Not really, it's more beer being carbonated, which means more yeast being produced. The problem is, the line that pulls the beer out sits on the bottom of the keg and pulls all of the yeast out. I am going to modify mine with a SS washer so it sits about that yeast layer.
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I think Ill go with the kegerator. Taste is important but it would be cool for the space. thanks

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I have been using the Coors Light "Home Draft" bottles and taps. I modified several empty CO2 cartridges with quick disconnects so I can hook up my 5lb CO2 tank. I have a mini fridge that I use for a kegerator.



I can force carbonate this way for any style with a lower pressure than the Home Draft regulator which is set at about 18ish lbs.

I don't have and have not looked at the Tap A Draft system but have to believe something similar is possible.

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I have been using the Coors Light "Home Draft" bottles and taps. I modified several empty CO2 cartridges with quick disconnects so I can hook up my 5lb CO2 tank. I have a mini fridge that I use for a kegerator.



I can force carbonate this way for any style with a lower pressure than the Home Draft regulator which is set at about 18ish lbs.

I don't have and have not looked at the Tap A Draft system but have to believe something similar is possible.
Do you have any details on this project? It looks very interesting.
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Do you have any details on this project? It looks very interesting.
I have been thinking about adding something to the DYI section. Too many beers tonight, and brewing tomorrow so maybe I can get something up on Saturday.

This has been sort of an evolution that started with tire stems. I did this so I could force carbonate some sweet cider for SWMBO. Pictures of my original stuff can be found;

https://picasaweb.google.com/dahoov/HomeDraft#

Anyway, I will take some more pics and write up a description and point to it from here.
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I just tapped my first beer with Tap a draft after bottling for nearly two years. After natural carbonation for a week, I don't see any noticeable yeast sediment... Maybe a tiny dusting at the bottom of the bottle. But I use gelatin to fine the beer and it really pulls the yeast out. My process is usually primary in a bucket, fining at cool temps in a carboy for 3-7 days, then bottling.

Anyway, kegging was my first choice but the cost (dollars, square footage and marriage points) was too high. So far, TAD is a great second choice. Bottling day is fun now!

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As promised here is a link to what I posted in the DIY section.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/home...erator-231800/

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