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Old 05-31-2009, 10:04 PM   #11
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They're 1 gallon kegs. The drain plug on the bottom is kind of weird and I'm not entirely sure it would work as a tap. You twist it, and then pull it out. It seems like it would spray beer everywhere as you were pulling it.

So, it wouldn't work if I siphoned the beer on top of 3/4 cup corn sugar in my bottling bucket and then filled the kegs and put the remaining gallon in Bottles? Would that be too much carbonation for the bung to hold, or for the beer to dispense properly?
NO!!! That's NOT a drain plug...it's your TAP!! It's a built in gravity tap. To use these you need to open the top bung first to allow air inside the keg then the bottom to complete the flow.

Yes, if you prime the entire batch as normal you will be overpriming if you put it into minikegs.

Priming is 1 TBS like I said before. Overpriming will ruin your kegs by bulging and leaking.

Here's what you do if you are going to minikeg and bottle:

1. Pour 1 TBS Corn Sugar into minikeg.
2. Rack beer into minikeg.
3. When full, fit bung into place. Roll on counter to mix up sugar.
4. Check for leaks.
5. No leaks? Done.
6. Measure remaining beer in bottling bucket.
7. Measure and use .8 oz corn sugar per gallon of beer.
8. Mix in dissolved corn sugar/beer solution into bucket.
9. Bottle as usual.
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:27 AM   #12
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Sweet. sounds good. the tap also came from my LHBS (which really isn't so local) They sell the tap for 79 dollars. Mini kegs for 13 dollars. the set up was supposed to come with food grade C02 cartridges but they were out. Wouldn't using the gravity tap only work if I was drinking the keg within a couple hour period of time? I'd hate for the beer to get flat, and I rarely have people helping me drink it

 
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:33 AM   #13
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if you are pouring by gravity, cask conditioned beer is generally best if consumed with in 72 hrs. If you serve with co2 it should last a lot longer. If I were you I would check out carb tabs for bottling the remainder
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:40 AM   #14
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yeah, I have some carb tabs from last year I'll use. However, I think I underestimated the difference between 5l and 1 gallon, so it seems that I'll have plenty of room for one 5gallon batch in 4 5l kegs. Hopefully all 4 kegs won't be empty by the time my next brew is done. lol. thanks everyone for your helpful advice.

 
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:40 PM   #15
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I have seen sites where people have created connectors to combine the mini kegs into kegerators.

Kind of thinking about something like that, myself. A three tap, portable, mini-kegorator in a 70qt cube cooler. One 3 gallon keg and two 5L kegs, with a three tap tower.

 
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:49 PM   #16
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Midwest sells these, and has a PDF infosheet on these, that contains a good mit more information, and is in English!
Party Star Deluxe Tap System :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

It is my understanding that you naturally carb, like you would with bottling, then use CO2 to dispence.

 
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:54 PM   #17
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That is the same tap but not sure if the kegs are the same. It would be nice to have a mini kegerator. My mini fridge could hold about 2 of them.

 
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:15 PM   #18
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Also, they sell mini kegerators that sit on your counter and keep the keg cold and dispenses the beer and everything. That might be a good investment for me. But, I'm reading that after they are tapped the kegs will only last about 24 hours in one. Maybe it's the way it does it. Hopefully the little tap I have will hold pressure for longer than 24 hours since I only drink 2-3 beers a day.

 
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:24 PM   #19
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I think you're thinking of the heineken/Krups counter top beer dealie...
Heineken Krups Beertender B95 Kegerator Beer Dispenser from and Krups | BeverageFactory.com

I'm not sure if all 5L kegs work in it or if Heineken has a proprietary keg type...

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For now, the device only works with Heineken’s miniscule DraughtKeg. And that’s too bad, seeing as the 5-liter size is fairly standard for European beers, which could lend this mini beerfest a huge potential market if the tap hookup were more universal.

From here:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/blog...s/4253134.html
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There's this one too...
The Green Head - Avanti Mini Pub - Countertop Mini Keg Beer Dispenser

They're both a little spendy, but might be a nice option for cramped spaces...
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