The 4L version is close now. We are just going through the certification process and doing pressure testing. Once we get the tick of approval they will be released to the public. At the moment looks like this will be in about 3 months from now.
I’d guess it might be worth cutting the dip tube a bit in that case. At least so that the filter is sitting vertical vs laying flat on bottom. its a narrow vessel and the yeast/hop trub layer will be taller vs in a wider/typical fermenter. Might take some experimentation. Too bad you can’t get a float ball in there…..Also, wondering if I could use one of these to ferment 2 gallons with a spunding valve, let it naturally carb, and then just chill and serve?
you mean the artificial wine corks? i didnt realize they floated, but yes, that would work if it fits and floats.
For those getting into kegging, go stainless. I am quoting someone, "buy one, cry once". These serve a niche market, and seem to be great for that, but nothing will replace equipment that will as spike puts it "won't fail before your liver will", and that includes things that are made of renewable sources like stainless(kettles to kegs), glass(carboys to bottles), and even alumium(cans if properly recycled many times if you exclude the bauxite and mining(do your research)).
Same goes for the 2.5gal torpedo kegs you can only get 2.3gal in them.
Yes they are the slimline version. Good to know the standard size hold more beer. I brew quite a bit of smaller 2 and 3gal batches so I like small kegs for those.The slimline ones? I have heard that the slimline versions hold less than stated. I have several of the "2.5 gallon" standard ones, and they hold about 2.8 gallons up to the gas post and about 2.9 gallons right to the rim. The kegs themselves are marked "10L / 2.6 gallon."
Overall I am very happy with the small Torpedo kegs. I splurged on 2 of them at $80 each (now they are $110 at MoreBeer) and I got another 2 from a friend (along with a 3.5 gallon Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket). But while I love having the four small kegs, the current $440 price point would be very hard to justify.
Kegland says it can be used sideways. You can pour the last glass right out of the bottle.Man those are cool, but too tall for my fridge. I use 2.6 gallon kegs that top out at 15.5 inches and I can just squeeze them on the top shelf of my fridge. Those are 20.5 inches not including the Ball Lock Adapter which probably brings it 24 inches. No way I can get one of those upright...if I had a dedicated fridge however... I wish they were wider and shorter.
I bought 4 (8L) kegs, and 4 of the heads.. I have poured through 2 at this point.
Initial thoughts were:
Not standard 2L threading, which was updated in the description, a little too late for me.
Really "plastic" smell when opening. Did not seem to affect the beer.
Really fiddly heads that took a while to get them straight to not leak.
I used them. I like:
the price(maybe), at least I'm not out a ton if I leave them somewhere etc..
I don't always get as good a connection with the ball-lock connectors which seemed to result in "hammering" until I adjusted the connector or held it tight through the pour.
when cleaning them, do not try to empty if full by just turning them upside down, they collapse, and seems like that might be bad long-term.
The "feet" seem really dinged up. I don't feel I abused them. I do have concrete floors in my basement, but it goes beyond scratches into "dents" which again, seem like will be a wearing point over time.
I don't feel comfortable cleaning as hot as stainless, fortunately Liquid PBW exists now.
I'm neutral on:
Not being able to get my hands inside to clean. This is somewhat offset by the ability to see the insides. I run a lot of standard sixtel kegs, so not too big a deal.
Over all, I think they are going to be more than used stainless kegs, less than brand new ones. This depends on how long they last I suppose. Again, the format seems nice, and they are pretty portable, and with the flexible dip tube, can be loaded on their sides..
Of note, I left a review on morebeer, I will be updating that review as not quite as negative in the next few days. They were responsive but not responsible for issues I had.
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