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Old 01-24-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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I made a short video of my beer engine, as well as the keg-to-cask conversion. I'm not sure how to upload videos on here, so I'll just post a link to the youtube site. Hope you enjoy!

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Old 01-24-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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Nice video. How long can you keep a keg on the beer engine without noticeable degradation due to oxidation?

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I try to coordinate the batches with parties or long weekends, and I've never had one last longer than two days. If it goes between two days, I unhook the open air line before I go to bed, and that has never given me any problems. I purged one keg with C02 on a Sunday and didn't get back to it until the next weekend, and that one was fine too.

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That's very cool!

Is there carbonation left in the beer after going through the pump?

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The beer is lightly carbonated to begin with, and the restriction of the sparkler tip causes some of that to foam up for the head, but yeah, there is still a good prickle of carbonation left. When I can regulate the temperature to around 53º, its as close to a real ale as I ever had in England.

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Never having been to England to experience real ale for myself, I have heard from some purists (Namely the old british guy that runs the pub near my office) that sparkler tips aren't necessarily favored and are an Americanized version of the beer engine.

Have you tried drawing a pint without it and compare the two?

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Great video! Of course you know this means yet another project to work into the mix...

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I actually haven’t tried to pull a pint without the tip. There’s a long argument on both sides of the sparkler argument that, as a 30 year old American, I have no business fighting for or against. Historically, the fluffy head on a real ale was the result of a heafty pull from the bar-keep, not a sparkler tip or swan neck. All I’m really going for is a recreation of what I drank in England last summer, and the only way I can do that with a Camper pump is to use the tip. I should try it, though, just to see how it goes.

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Just curious why you modified the keg to lay on it's side. Is there some problem using it the normal upright position?

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