Anyone rocking a Firkin?

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If you measure beer in gallons and you don’t think 40 gallons is alot of beer - you might be a homebrewer.
Another Freudian slip there perhaps bwbible?!? 40 gallons or 40 pints?!? :)

But considering my bitters and milds are typically less than 4.2%, a 19.25ounce pint a day is moderate consumption! ;)
 

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Another Freudian slip there perhaps bwbible?!? 40 gallons or 40 pints?!? :)

But considering my bitters and milds are typically less than 4.2%, a 19.25ounce pint a day is moderate consumption! ;)
That wasn’t aimed at you, it’s a fun saying I used to have in my script, ala Jeff Foxworthy. This kind of thing comes up often.

And I’m drinking just as much or more. No judgement.
 

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I like the creativity in finding ways to do cask ale with cronies - where there’s a will there’s a way! With the shorter shelf life it can be tough to work through that much real ale. I have a handful of 20oz imperial pint glasses that I’ll have a couple of in a nice evening. It’s still only 2 beers.....right?
 
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You certainly can hook it up to beer engine or hand pump, but there is a cool factor in setting your cask out on its little stand at a party and then pounding the tap in with a mallet and letting everyone come up and serve themselves with the gravity fed tap. It feels authentic and old school for folks and adds fun to the event.
wish i had friends most are Morman. I try not to drink in front of them for respect. maybe one day someone will move in and i will have lots to share.
 
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I like the creativity in finding ways to do cask ale with cronies - where there’s a will there’s a way! With the shorter shelf life it can be tough to work through that much real ale. I have a handful of 20oz imperial pint glasses that I’ll have a couple of in a nice evening. It’s still only 2 beers.....right?
we only count beers by how many containers not the amount.
 

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wish i had friends most are Morman. I try not to drink in front of them for respect. maybe one day someone will move in and i will have lots to share.
There are quite a few Mormons in this part of the world. The standing joke is: Q: How do you keep a Mormon from drinking all the beer at your party? A: Invite another Mormon. ;)
 
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There are quite a few Mormons in this part of the world. The standing joke is: Q: How do you keep a Mormon from drinking all the beer at your party? A: Invite another Mormon. ;)
I have seen it first hand. good laugh.
 

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Beer engines here in Australia are astronomically expensive and not easy to find. Occasionally I’ll borrow the brew clubs engine and use my 5 litre keg to do a mild or bitter. I keep it sub 3.5% and grab some Stilton. It’s a great Sunday afternoon.

I also cheat and have a nitro setup. Not the same at all but a lot less fuss and I enjoy it as well.

Some great ideas here!
 

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I was thinking of getting a 2.5 gal corny because it would fit on the hump in my keezer, and this sounds like a great use for that. What the heck is a beer engine anyway. I have heard this term but have no idea what it does. Thanks :mug:
 

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They also transform the beers that go through them. Much more malt and hop character in my opinion.
 
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i had a thought on my way to work today.

what if you use nitro to push the keg at a low psi? it would be a lot like mead being served off a keg.

oh and also a floating dip tube would also work as well this way using the gas post or w/e isn't needed.
 
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A pic of my setup from the porter I brewed a few months back. Please forgive the suspect craftsmanship on the cabinet build!
i see a few screws in the edge looks like its made to last 10/10
 

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i had a thought on my way to work today.

what if you use nitro to push the keg at a low psi? it would be a lot like mead being served off a keg.

oh and also a floating dip tube would also work as well this way using the gas post or w/e isn't needed.
My understanding is that serving beers on nitro originally came about to mimic the features of cask conditioned ales - it’s not exactly the same but it’s pretty close so you could definitely do that
 
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My understanding is that serving beers on nitro originally came about to mimic the features of cask conditioned ales - it’s not exactly the same but it’s pretty close so you could definitely do that
Very interesting. Is a stout style tap required or just pushing the beer at low PSI all thats needed?
 

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You need a stout nozzle. I use disposable nitro bottles and a nukatap with an interchangeable stout nozzle. I can use the same tap with normal beers and then when I keg a bitter or stout, screw in the stout nozzle. I carb with cO2 as normal then switch to nitro to serve. It’s not as good as a beer engine imho but it’s a lot easier and the beer is in a keg in the fridge so it will last a lot longer
 

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I mistakenly purchased a used firkin via eBay last year. The listing described it as a "used 10 gallon keg" and there was only one left of the 5 they had received, price was $40ish so was hard to pass up. It wasn't until I got there that I realized it was a used firkin from Karbach when I saw the bung hole. Probably will never rack any beer into it and it'll be turned into some decorative piece in the house as Karbach was a brewery I enjoyed when I was in Houston many years ago.
 

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Heck if you’ve got one why not give it a go? Once the world returns to normal brew a nice 10.8 gallon batch and have a nice party!
 
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You need a stout nozzle. I use disposable nitro bottles and a nukatap with an interchangeable stout nozzle. I can use the same tap with normal beers and then when I keg a bitter or stout, screw in the stout nozzle. I carb with cO2 as normal then switch to nitro to serve. It’s not as good as a beer engine imho but it’s a lot easier and the beer is in a keg in the fridge so it will last a lot longer
do you use a nitro regulator? i had no idea disposable nitro bottles existed
 
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I mistakenly purchased a used firkin via eBay last year. The listing described it as a "used 10 gallon keg" and there was only one left of the 5 they had received, price was $40ish so was hard to pass up. It wasn't until I got there that I realized it was a used firkin from Karbach when I saw the bung hole. Probably will never rack any beer into it and it'll be turned into some decorative piece in the house as Karbach was a brewery I enjoyed when I was in Houston many years ago.
that's a neat idea.
 

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do you use a nitro regulator? i had no idea disposable nitro bottles existed
Yes sorry, when I bought the bottles I hit the regulator as well. It’s fairly cheap to setup. I did it to see if I liked it, planning to just rent a full sized nitrogen bottle if I liked it. But just using the disposable bottles is working fine. I do a nitro batch every 3rd batch so it lasts fine.
 

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You can rent a nitrogen tank? I figured like CO2 you had to do a tank trade in or get it filled.

Why not just get beer gas (nitro/CO2 mix)? my understanding is that you can use a CO2 tank and CO2 regulator. Now that I have some extra tanks, I might have to try beer gas to dispense. Recall refill wasn't that much more than CO2.
 

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You can rent a nitrogen tank? I figured like CO2 you had to do a tank trade in or get it filled.

Why not just get beer gas (nitro/CO2 mix)? my understanding is that you can use a CO2 tank and CO2 regulator. Now that I have some extra tanks, I might have to try beer gas to dispense. Recall refill wasn't that much more than CO2.
In Australia the only size nitro/Co2 to rent it seems is a full size one. Many years worth of gas and it’s quite expensive. The way I do it is pretty cheap and easy to do. If all I drank was nitro beers, it would be worth it, but how I do it is easy for me.
 

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