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Old 03-30-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about an alternative to bottling. I've contemplated the partypig but saw all the negative comments about buying a new pouch for every brew and the costs involved. An alternative is to move towards kegging but I haven't really got the room for a full 5 gallon keg so I was thinking about maybe a 2.5 gallon.

Has anyone got any comments or suggestions?

Is there an intermeadiate step between party pig and cornelius kegs?

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I'm thinking about an alternative to bottling. I've contemplated the partypig but saw all the negative comments about buying a new pouch for every brew and the costs involved. An alternative is to move towards kegging but I haven't really got the room for a full 5 gallon keg so I was thinking about maybe a 2.5 gallon.

Has anyone got any comments or suggestions?

Is there an intermeadiate step between party pig and cornelius kegs?
A 2.5 gallon keg set up doesn't really save any room, except the keg is a bit shorter. Everything else is the same size, the tanks/regulator/etc- plus the diameter of the keg is the same. They are small enough to fit in a dorm fridge without much converting of the fridge (bending back the freezer compartment), though. So I have one little kegerator at my cottage that I use with 2.5 gallon kegs.
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Thanks Yooper (quick reply as always!)

After a bit more research I am thinking about a tap-a-draft system - I just need to see if I can get the CO2 cartridges locally.

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Midwest supplies also sells a mini keg system called Party star deluxe 1.33l mini kegs. May see if you can get them locally.

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I was looking into the mini kegs myself at Midwest maybe 4 to a batch. It'd still take up a shelf in the fridge for one batch though.
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My LHBS charges about $0.55 for an empty 12oz bottle. A party pig pouch just doesn't seem cost prohibitive to me - a shade over the cost of a six pack. I guess if I had an endless stock or supply of empty bottles I'd feel differently about it.

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I'm thinking about an alternative to bottling. I've contemplated the partypig but saw all the negative comments about buying a new pouch for every brew and the costs involved. An alternative is to move towards kegging but I haven't really got the room for a full 5 gallon keg so I was thinking about maybe a 2.5 gallon.

Has anyone got any comments or suggestions?

Is there an intermeadiate step between party pig and cornelius kegs?
I think its all relative. I have 4 party pigs since I don't have room to keg. They have their pluses and minuses, but I haven't had an issue with them. I have kept beer in them as long as 5-6 months in fridge with no problems.
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Any problem with dud packets?

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