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Old 08-26-2009, 04:49 AM   #41
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ok...so, I am trying to re-use this as I am writing this!

I made a 5 gallon batch using malt extracts, and it was ready to bottle today!

I bottled most of it, then used the rest to put in the "home draft" container!

I checked to see how much priming sugar it would need first....added it......then filled it with beer (not all the way, obviously)!

Once it is close to being finished, I will see if I can find a CO2 cartridge that fits and give it a try!



 
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:57 AM   #42
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Cool! Let me know how it comes out. I had put sanitizer in it just to test it and it's pretty much dead now and there's easily half the container left. The first few pulls off it I got carbonated santizer. I curious if you'll be able to dispense all of it since you are "bottle conditioning" in the container.


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Old 09-04-2009, 02:48 AM   #43
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well, I don't have a CO2 cartridge in it, but it is dispensing beer out of it.

I think I had put a little more sugar in it and filled it up a little too much.

It was pretty hard when you tried squeezing the sides!

It is working!

 
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:21 PM   #44
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My biggest question is can you do a secondary fermentation with the dispenser tap in place? Or do you need to use a screw cap like Tap A Draft and then add the dispenser after the secondary is complete?

Who knows so far?

 
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:28 PM   #45
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He He He. CO does not know the innovativeness that is the HBT community.

So much to learn.

 
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:53 PM   #46
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I came home yesterday to find an empty Coors Light Home Draft contraption on my porch. So naturally, I took it inside and grabbed my trusty Leatherman. I got a new one, btw. The one with locking tools. Is good, ya. Anyway.

After monkeying with it a while, I got on HBT and found this here thread. Sure enough, the CO2 cartridge holder comes right off with the help of channel lock pliers.

The tamper proofing on it is weak sauce. It's two plastic tabs that squeeze in as they pass over some spline like teeth. The teeth go one way and when you try to turn against them, the plastic tabs grab onto the spline/teeth. Using the pliers breaks the plastic tabs. The holder and the tap are threaded. The holder screws back in fine. I'm betting the tab to spline/teeth deal is just tamper proofing to stop people from reusing it. Maybe use some thread tape or a washer to snug it up if you feel like it.

Is pellet gun or paint ball gun CO2 safe to use with something I'm going to drink?
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:23 AM   #47
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Well this expirement has gone well. Did secondary fermentation with the stock dispenser in place and no leaks. Tapped an American Weizen over the weekend and this thing is working very well. Hoard these vessels while you can.

My neighbor works for Miller/Coors and he is good friends with the lady in charge of this product line here in CO. She and many of her friends have acknowledged the reuse opportunity of this product. The C02 holder can be unscrewed by hand or with pliers.

She did warn of using the C02 for paint guns/air rifles/pistols/bike inflators. You can find Food grade C02 at your local HBS, food service store or online. This is the 16 gram size. Having been in the medical field for a number of years, I would suggest spending the extra dollar to buy this as many contaminants can find their way into canisters and make dirty gas. Not that it WILL happen. But in CAN happen. You can use smaller cartridges but will have to fill the void of the smaller cartridge with something pretty firm like a piece of plastic or wood. Paper towel can get pushed out of the way and the gas will just leak out.

BTW the caps for the Tap-A-Draft system will work for your secondary fermentation. might prolong the life of the dispenser on the Coors Light Home Draft system.

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Old 11-06-2009, 01:43 AM   #48
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:12 AM   #49
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can you get these in Iowa??? I have not seen them were i live. What a suprise they still have 80s hair do's
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:39 AM   #50
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