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Old 07-15-2007, 06:21 PM   #1
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My plan is to use two liter soda bottles as mini kegs. I have built two mini taps, that fit the soda bottles, and that charge co2 from the little bike pump CO 2 cartridges.

I am going with this system just to give me the most flexibility, easy to transport, and i can serve lots of different beers, and cider at once. The soda bottles are also super cheap, and i can easily fit em in my refrigerator.

Does anyone else here do this?

Its basically a home made tap-A-draft, system.

 
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:55 PM   #2
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:06 AM   #3
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keep those soda bottles in the dark. otherwise you'll be serving extra-skunked beer.
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Old 07-16-2007, 03:12 AM   #4
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Have any pics or how to's on those taps?

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Old 07-16-2007, 12:00 PM   #5
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What do you plan to do? Naturally carbonate and dispense with the co2 cartridges?

I'm not trying to throw cold water on your experiment, Because that's one the fun things about doing homebrew. So let us know how it works out for you.

But I think over the long haul you'll spend more money on the CO2 cartridges than you'll save on soda bottles. By going with cornie kegs and a 5# or 10# Tank and regulator instead over a several year period you'll save money. But if you are not sure you want to do this hobby over the long haul this could work out well.

The break even point would depend on how much you brew.

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Old 07-16-2007, 12:54 PM   #6
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i can get pics, of the taps. I found the deisgns on here somewhere. Theres two websights with directions.

Pretty much like the one linked below.

http://home.chattanooga.net/~cdp/3lkeg/3lkeg.htm

I think you are right about the expense, of the CO2. The plan is to naturally carbonate, and tap with the mini tap. If I am drinking the whole two liters in a session, I can even just use an air pump.

My first test with beer was very foamy, I am thinking about crimping the pickup tube to restrict the flow. When i used it with cider, it worked very well.

 
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Old 07-16-2007, 03:54 PM   #7
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Try a longer dispensing tube to knock out the excessive foam. Your dispensing tube pressure drop needs to equal your dispensing pressure.

 
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:51 PM   #8
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Try and find a few of those store-brand 3liter bottles; they might give you a little more flexibility for trips.

You might be able to save a little on the cartriges by using a paintball tank, but I'm not too familiar with them.

 
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:10 PM   #9
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bump for pics?

 
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:18 AM   #10
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No need for taps. Just unscrew and pour. More simple.
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