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Old 11-26-2006, 02:35 AM   #1
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One of my wish list items for X-mas is Tap-a-Draft or some other mini-keg system. I am sick of bottling. The Tap-a-draft is cheap and seems easy to use...but I have heard bad things about it..any suggetions, reccomendations??

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Old 11-26-2006, 03:01 AM   #2
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There have been some proponents of the tap-a-draft on these boards, but the general consensus is going to be for you to slowly build your full-size keg setup.

To start with buy some kegs, and Ebay has some good, cheap kegs.
Try:http://cgi.ebay.com/2-5-gallon-Corne...QQcmdZViewItem
I've personally bought from this guy and you can get 4 kegs for $80, or 2 kegs for $45; he has multiple auctions going at once so you won't get into bidding wars.

Regulators can be found for cheap and Bottles can be leased from a local welding supply shop.

You can find cheap, used refrigerators on Craigslist.

With all these your foray into kegging can begin, and you will continue to use these kegs, whereas the tap-a-draft may one day be only collecting dust when you begin to keg in cornies. It may just benefit you to start kegging in cornies from the start. There are a lot of good links on this site, search a bit and you'll find more information than you can probably use on tap-a-draft or cornies.

Good luck, and welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:14 PM   #3
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I have put 1/2 of each of the last few batches in minis. The one part i dislike is the foaming early on. Otherwise, they work well. I recently had one really bulge out the bottom of the mini. I threw it in the fridge to calm those yeasties down. I wish good beer came in minis so I can build up a collection (though not as excessive as HB99's mini-keg fortress).
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:47 PM   #4
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I have put 1/2 of each of the last few batches in minis. The one part i dislike is the foaming early on. Otherwise, they work well. I recently had one really bulge out the bottom of the mini. I threw it in the fridge to calm those yeasties down. I wish good beer came in minis so I can build up a collection (though not as excessive as HB99's mini-keg fortress).
Hey, Rich, how's it hangin' in Jersey?

If you have the "gravity tap" system - the one with the red plastic in the bung on the top of the keg (the one that does not require CO2), you can eliminate most of that foaming by allowing it to "breathe" for a minute or so after you open it up to vent out the CO2 and allow air in.

I purchased most of my kegs in Germany with beer in them (8-10 Euros each) and brought them home in my suitcases. My mini-keg "collection" is up to 20 now. I got 2 more at the Class 6 last time I was at Ft. Stewart, one Kapuziner Weizen and one Kostrizer Schwarzbier.

If you know an American overseas you can purchase empty minis from a German HB shop and have the American ship tham to you. They only sell for about 4 Euros (about $7.20) each, not $11 and $15 like I see here in the States (rip-off!).

I also have 25 cornies that I am re-conditioning...and in the process of buying all the other peripheral equipment for...not to mention over 30 cases of 0,5 liter bottles (about 12 cases are flippies).
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:06 PM   #5
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An interesting alternative, that made the rounds yesterday on the Brewcrew list.

http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/Products...ADD5D4B0633413
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:33 PM   #6
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An interesting alternative, that made the rounds yesterday on the Brewcrew list.

http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/Products...ADD5D4B0633413
Yeah, I've seen them on the German eBay. You just put your minikeg inside... They look nice.
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Old 12-01-2006, 07:12 PM   #7
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also available at Fry's....

 
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Old 12-02-2006, 03:29 AM   #8
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I wish good beer came in minis so I can build up a collection (though not as excessive as HB99's mini-keg fortress).
Depending on what state you live in Beer Geek can send you quality beer in 5L kegs. Of course, I don't know what you consider good beer.

I thought that the Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen that I bought in a 5L minikeg at my local liquor store was quite good.

 
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Old 12-02-2006, 03:39 AM   #9
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If you know an American overseas you can purchase empty minis from a German HB shop and have the American ship tham to you. They only sell for about 4 Euros (about $7.20) each, not $11 and $15 like I see here in the States (rip-off!).
$8.95 at Beer-Wine.com.

$9.95 at Midwest Homebrewing Supplies

I don't see how you'd save by having them shipped from Germany.

 
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Old 12-02-2006, 04:18 AM   #10
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They only sell for about 4 Euros (about $7.20) each, not $11 and $15 like I see here in the States (rip-off!).
Don't you mean $5.20?

 
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