Beer Engine` - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Beer Engine`

Thread Tools
Old 08-20-2010, 09:19 PM   #1
Spot29er's Avatar
Jan 2009
Posts: 35
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

I have a very nice Beer Engine being sent to me from my father inlaw in England. Does anybody know if you can hook these up to a corny keg? I would love to have some cask conditioned home brew.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
Senior Member
Hammy71's Avatar
Sep 2008
, Maryland, The Tax Me State
Posts: 5,889
Liked 529 Times on 402 Posts

Well hopefully you get an answer...... pal.....

Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2010, 10:28 PM   #3
Edcculus's Avatar
Jun 2007
Greenville, SC
Posts: 4,546
Liked 48 Times on 45 Posts

I'm not sure any specific attachment to hook it up to a corny exists. I'm sure it would be easy enough to get some tubing running from the engine with a corny liquid out QD.

As far as serving, you have a few options. For a true certified cask ale, you have to prime the keg with sugar and serve via the engine at cellar temp. If you don't plan on drinking the beer quickly, this can pose some problems since you will be pulling oxygen into the keg. If you aren't concerned with the requirements set forth by CAMRA, you could always hook it up to CO2 at a very low pressure. That way, when you pull beer, the headspace will be replaced by CO2 rather than oxygen. I'm not a member of CAMRA nor do I have a lot of experience with cask ales, but for a home setup which might not get drunk within 3 days of tapping, the latter option is a perfectly acceptable option.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2010, 07:46 PM   #4
Aug 2009
Colorado Springs
Posts: 109
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

I bought two 1/2-pint beer engines from UK 'bay (have since traded them). Both just had a hose barb connection that a regular 3/8" hose would have fit. So you would simply need to get the correct-sized fitting to attach the hose to your normal corny disconnect.

I would go ahead and buy a cask breather from UK Brewing in PA (~$80), as I've heard that normal CO2 regulators are pretty unreliable at low blanket pressures. Beer engines don't have any pressure valves that I'm aware of, so if the keg pressure is too high, you run the risk of beer simply pouring out of the faucet unchecked.

Another idea is to check with some of your local pubs to see if any of them are using beer engines and ask them how theirs is set up.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fellow homebrewers, meet my new beer engine . . . sonvolt Bottling/Kegging 249 02-21-2016 01:50 PM
Enclosure for a beer engine? kentmich Bottling/Kegging 0 11-03-2008 01:24 PM
Beer Engine on Ebay geis6 Bottling/Kegging 10 02-13-2008 10:30 PM
Maybe off-topic but...can you put cask/engine beer into a growler? kaj030201 Bottling/Kegging 2 01-22-2008 08:53 PM
beer engine with cornies simonj Bottling/Kegging 5 05-04-2007 07:36 AM

Forum Jump