5L Mini Kegs - clear beer

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    Afternoon all.

    I've been considering mini kegs, I have neither the space or cash for cornie's, and I have a question.

    The tap arrangement takes beer from the bottom of the keg so does it suck up a load of dead yeast when beer is dispensed?
    Is there a way to prevent this, use finings or some thing?
    Is there an easy way to force carbonate in a mini keg?

    Many Thanks. Aamcle
     
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    It doesn't so much "suck up" as use the CO2 pressure present in the top of the keg which pushes the beer up the tube and out of the tap.

    As for clarity, the first brew I put in them was a kit, Caxtons Ale - never again, awful stuff, but that was pretty clear after the initial glass - although there was a chill haze.

    The lot that I currently have 'on tap' from the mini kegs is a 2 can Wherry Real Ale, and that has needed hardly any CO2 until the last couple of glasses. This isn't a clear pint, but then neither were the bottles that I filled, so not a mini keg issue to my mind.

    Waiting to be tapped are 3 BIAB brews, and one of these is a very clear amber honey ale, so if any is going to show a problem with clarity then that will be it... but I wont get to that one for at least another month.

    I wouldn't have thought you would force carb, one tablespoon of sugar per 5l keg seems to produce ample CO2, but I guess if you chilled it down low and kept adding CO2 from the bulb then it would dissolve into the beer.

    HTH :cheers:
     
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    Sorry to hi-jack the thread but I have a question about this that may go unnoticed in my first-brew thread.

    What is the recommendations for priming for Lagers, Stout, Ale etc?

    Using Coopers carb drops (3g/drop), 500ml bottles take two for lager but I know its less in the easy kegs. Will using less result in a less carbed drink and what exactly should we be using in these little gems?

    Im wanting the fizz of lager but obviously not wanting popping cans. Should also add I need it to be all naturally carbed as I dont have a Party-Star De-Luxe tap or similar yet.
     
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    I think I have worked out how to force carb in a 5l keg and that would be clear but I'd like to be able to naturally carb as well.

    So any more experiences with the kegs?

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    Any more experiences from people who have used these tin's?

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    I was told by thbs that 20g per keg is what you require, I've primed my first biab brew with that, but wont be ready for another 3 weeks or so
     
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    1 tablespoon of sugar does ale a treat.
     
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    I'm not bothered about it the amount of sugar needed to carbonate the brew.

    Can I get clear beer from a mini keg or will the position of the take off tube always result in a cloudy yeasty drink?

    ATB. Aamcle
     
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    I'd pour one and take a pic, but the Wherry is cloudy to start with and I've been downing beechams so best not drink it.... Lemme see if I have a pic of a glass from a keg...
     
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    [​IMG]

    Ok there you go, that is a Caxtons real ale from the mini keg via the beerking 2000 tap.

    No guarantee but it works for me... Just one tip, don't brew a Caxtons real ale :sick:
     
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    Looking good, that would do me :-)

    Thanks. Aamcle
     

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