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Old 07-03-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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I just picked up a couple 5 Liter mini kegs. If someone that is currently using these mini kegs could tell me how they prime. I am curious how much sugar you use and what type of sugar you are using. I have used the CO2 calculators already but I would like to hear from someone that has experience with the little kegs.

 
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:37 PM   #2
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Hi

Priming is a volume of beer sort of thing. The container really does not impact that at all unless you don't fill it all the way. Usual advice on sugar applies, it's all the same stuff, go cheap.

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Old 07-03-2012, 10:40 PM   #3
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Everything that I have read says that priming these mini-kegs is NOT like bottle priming, and that they tend to over-carbonate or pick up flavors from the high volume of sugars used. That is why I wanted some advice from someone that is currently using mini kegs.

 
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:42 PM   #4
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I used them (for one batch)... I was told to carbonate as if you only put 1 gallon into them (even though you put more in)... I also believe I was told to keep the CO2 volumes under 2.5... That wasn't an issue for me, but I would advise targeting the low end, or no more than the middle, of the style range (keeping it under 2.5 volumes)...

carlisle_bob, not true at all. Bottling 5 gallons of brew into long necks/bottles uses more sugar than putting 5 gallons into a keg.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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carlisle_bob, not true at all. Bottling 5 gallons of brew into long necks/bottles uses more sugar than putting 5 gallons into a keg.
Why?

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
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I just picked up a couple 5 Liter mini kegs. If someone that is currently using these mini kegs could tell me how they prime. I am curious how much sugar you use and what type of sugar you are using. I have used the CO2 calculators already but I would like to hear from someone that has experience with the little kegs.
where did you get them? i want a small keg.

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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Why?
There's actual science behind this. Look at any of the calculation tool sites and compare the results for bottles and then for keg. It has to due with the larger volume and less overall head space involved.

Personally, I simply force carbonate via the two week set and forget method. Solid results from that. Plus I don't need to worry about any yeast still being viable in order to carbonate.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:04 PM   #8
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There's actual science behind this. Look at any of the calculation tool sites and compare the results for bottles and then for keg. It has to due with the larger volume and less overall head space involved.

Personally, I simply force carbonate via the two week set and forget method. Solid results from that. Plus I don't need to worry about any yeast still being viable in order to carbonate.
Hi

I'm not arguing that there's science involved. I included "fill" as one of the qualifiers in my original post. Given that people fill both bottles and kegs to VERY different levels (just check out Youtube ...) it's tough to attribute this or that headspace to a keg vs a bottle.

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Old 07-07-2012, 09:42 AM   #9
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Come on!...somebody on this Forum has to be using 5L mini-kegs. Give me some feedback.

 
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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I use them. I prime them with a 1/3 of the sugar I would use to bottle. I do use coppers drops. I use 3 for a liter bottle so a third would be 5 drops per mini keg. I recently had a mini keg bomb so I reduced to 4 drops per minikeg without any ill effects.
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