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Old 07-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Can beer be primed and served out of a carboy without it going stale?

I have been racking my brain and trying to think of a means of by-passing bottling and being able to serve directly out of my carboy without kegs or co2. Does anyone have ideas? The idea of adding a hand pump system is as far as I have considered but I am concerned about air being introduced into the carboy during the hand pumping process. I am still thinking out loud here. Any ideas or is this impossible?

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Old 07-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #2
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NO way. The carboys can't handle the pressure and you are just asking for trouble. Skip the experiment and buy a corny or may a tap a draft system.

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Do a google search for "pressure barrel Fermenters." They're big in the UK but virtually unknown here in the states, don't know about Canada....

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Do a google search for "pressure barrel Fermenters." They're big in the UK but virtually unknown here in the states, don't know about Canada....
Never heard of those. They look to be pretty much be plastic casks. Be pretty cool if you like cask beer and don't have the $ for the real thing.
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Just get a spray bottle head and wedge it in your bung hole. Just a quick squeeze and you'll be drinking some of that delicious nectar. It could also serve as a BMC drinker repellent.

...but in all seriousness, I'm sure there is a way. I think a carboy could handle the pressure as long as you got a tight fitting, and what you'd essentially be doing is creating a yeast-ier cask ale.

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I wouldn't trust a carboy to not fail under carbonating pressure levels. You're talking over 30psi at room temp there. Do you really want to have the carboy bust/explode? Never mind the beer loss, think of the potential personal injury that could result.

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I wouldn't trust a carboy to not fail under carbonating pressure levels. You're talking over 30psi at room temp there. Do you really want to have the carboy bust/explode? Never mind the beer loss, think of the potential personal injury that could result.
YES!

They call those things I mentioned earlier, PRESSURE barrels for a reason.
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Excuse my simple-folk logic, but I don't understand why a carboy couldn't handle this pressure? If the much less massive walls of a beer bottle can resist the pressure, why couldn't the walls of a much more massive carboy?

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I was told of a contraption that used to be sold around here. It was described as a plastic, barrel like, container which housed a bladder which was inflated with air or something to displace head space. The pressure barrels seem to be hard to come by. On E-Bay, a 5 gallon pressure barrel would cost about $140 to ship here.

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Get your drinking buddies to help supply bottles and bottle your brew, or get a keg. The potential risk is not worth skimping on the time and or cost of doing it right.

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