Easy Keg 5L

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    Before I waste 24 quid buying four of these...
    http://www.brewuk.co.uk/easy-keg.html
    Anyone here use them?

    If they function OK, they look like a cracking, inexpensive bit of kit for storing a session brew.
     
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    Yes they are good and fit in the fridge nicely! I tend to by them full of beer nowadays ... Old Speckled Hen for £15 and a reusable keg. Not all the supermarket ones have reusable top plugs though but you can buy them separately.
     
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    They look fantastic Bevvied! I was considering a mini keg system but didn't want to mess about with force carbing and C02. I like the simplicity of just priming with sugar. I didn't realize you could do this with a mini keg.
    These would be perfect for the weekends drinking with my usual 330ml bottles if I fancy anything in the week.
     
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    Ooh. Party beer anyone?

    Are these easy to wash? Waitrose have mini-kegs on offer just now. I'd also be interested to know how much carbonation you can push.
     
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    Waitrose have the Hobgoblin for £13. So you're paying effectively £7 for the 5 litres of beer. That's 70p per equivalent 500ml bottle.
     
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    I'm not that keen on hobgobo - Do they have any others (like the OSH mentioned?)
     
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    REALLY interested in these mini-kegs now as I've realized they can fit in my bottle storage area and wont get in Mrs MQ's way.

    I think my best option is to just buy some full ones and reuse them rather than buying new ones. I have a Tescum, ASDA and Morrisons within walking distance and waitrose near work (which would mean me lugging em back home on my commute - 'spose I could have a sneaky snifter on the train :lol:) anyone any idea which is my best option from the first three? I've never noticed mini kegs in the booze aisles but then again I've never looked
     
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    Have you tried the Hobgoblin Gold? Ignore the name, it's a new-world pale ale with either Nelson or Galaxy hops. Very nice. It's on in Tesco. I'm not huge on the normal Nobgobbling myself.
     
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    Haven't tried that. Whats the bittering like on it. I like a pale ale but on the low bittering end e.g. about 30 on a OG of 1.040
     
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    I had absolutely no idea that you could reuse the mini kegs that the supermarkets sell.
    Either way, I'm on it!
     
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    Mostly you can but I think there might be a type you can't might be best to do a wee bit of research just to check before buying
     
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    Cheers. I do like a drop of 'Speckled Hen' and as mentioned earlier in the thread they're OK, so....:cheers:
     
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    I've got two mini kegs from a local micro which I intend to reuse. I'm a bit wary about it so I'm doing a Wilkos kit just in case it goes wrong!

    I have seen Hobgoblin Gold as low as £12 in Tesco, and Hobgoblin £13 in Waitrose. Saw Golden Hen for £11.25 on clearance in Tesco the other week.

    Lidl have recently done some Oktoberfest beers for around £11.

    Bargain when you consider the home brew shops selling empties for £5+
     
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    Note that these all come with a tap and should be cask conditioned and would not work with a 'top tap' type system as far as I can tell.
     
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    Not very bitter, but I'd struggle to guess the IBUs. It doesn't have any of that strong crystal malt flavour to it that a lot of English ales have. More like 95%+ pale. Try a bottle if you see one.
     
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    Do the lager type casks such as Warsteiner rely on the natural carbonation to force it out?
     
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    Thanks. I was really just looking for your perception rather than giving me an IBU number. I only quoted an IBU number so you could get an idea of what I like
     
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    The one thing I would say though, is that it's much better on cask. I guess the pasteurisation may kill some of the aroma. But this applies to a lot of ales.

    I'm going to see what's in Tesco later.
     

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