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Old 01-13-2009, 02:41 AM   #1
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Default hand pump for a corny?

I'll be hitting the lake this summer; 1 or 2 corny's of something in-hand.

has anyone rigged one these up to a ball-lock corny before?

http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/pumps/replacement/HP-700.shtml

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i've seen the co2 cartridge quick-disconnect set-up but the 4" hand pump just seems like a cheaper and lower maintenance alternative

(plus there's something inherently satisfying about pumping your keg by hand... no comments about my masculine insecurities please)

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Old 01-13-2009, 02:45 AM   #2
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As long as you drain the keg in that session, it's fine - but if not the beer that's left over will be oxygenated and flat within a day or two. If pushed with CO2 it will last near indefinitely.

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Old 01-13-2009, 02:49 AM   #3
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As long as you drain the keg in that session, it's fine - but if not the beer that's left over will be oxygenated and flat within a day or two. If pushed with CO2 it will last near indefinitely.
oh definitely - we'll be drinking more than my 10 gallons but at least i'll have homebrew to offset all the BMCers

im just wondering how i'd rig up a line with a quick-disconnect or how exactly it'd be connected

edit: ahhhh i see - you just need the coupler: http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/pumps/replacement/HP-111.shtml
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:57 AM   #4
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I would add a small 5# Co2 bottle with regulator and tap, first and last glasses come out the same. You must have the room to carry these items with two korny's on board.

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Old 01-13-2009, 03:01 AM   #5
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I would add a small 5# Co2 bottle with regulator and tap, first and last glasses come out the same. You must have the room to carry these items with two korny's on board.
well that's what i was trying to avoid - bringing the 5# tank & regulator - especially since i know that beer will be gone within hours

if one of my friends busted my reg i'd have to thrown them in the lake - with the tank up their ***
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The little CO2 cartridge things are not expensive. I think I paid $20 for mine, with a couple of cartridges.

It sure beats pumping OXYGEN on top of your hard made beer...

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Old 01-13-2009, 01:37 PM   #7
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They sell hand pumps for cornies, but for the price, I think you could get a bunch of mini co2 cartridges.

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Again, as long as you expect to drain the keg in one session, a hand pump is fine. The brew won't have time to go flat or oxygenate.

However, anything left the second day will only be good for brining sausages.

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Go with the mini CO2 injectors. Not only is it easier and just as economical as the hand-pump, it has alternative uses. Such as with a carbonator cap, you can quickly carbonate and taste your beer at various stages of fermentation. You'll find the CO2 injector a much better option.

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Old 01-13-2009, 04:28 PM   #10
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The nice thing about an air tap in this instance is that drunken friends can pump the keg themselves, instead of fiddling about with those tiny CO2 cartridges. If the kegs are gonna kick in an afternoon/evening, and the brewer wants to have fun too, why insist he fanny about with all those cartridges? He'd be replacing one every fifteen minutes at that rate of pour. Plus there's all that metallic waste, not to mention his friends making fun of him for bringing whippets as well as beer.

I'd get the hand pump and have done. I do the same thing - I've got four Cornies with Hoff-Stevens fittings in the lid, and a hand-tap to go with it. Well, I've got CO2 push, too, but I'm confessing for the principle of the thing.

Tip: Make sure there's a check valve in the air-in line. If it's a loose, hand-held pump, all you need is a drunken idiot flailing away at the pump and pulling it off the line or keg - then all your pressurized beer will come out the air-in line. Funny on video, but heartbreaking.

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