Discussion in 'General Home Brew Equipment Discussion' started by Bevvied, Oct 30, 2015.
When the mini kegs are empty, how does everyone store theirs? Just empty or with liquid in?
A further question. I have got a mini keg but lost the plastic insert. I've seen adverts for rubber bungs for mini kegs. Can anyone point me to a bung that will work with a mini keg please.
If you’re using the integrated tap, it’ll be one of these you’re looking for:
Cheers I've ordered 3.
Pity about the overpriced shipment charges.
Looking to get some of the grey mini/easy kegs and fill for a Xmas present for my dad. One question though all Ive read is priming it with sugar.
Has anyone had experience with transferring already carbed beer from a keg into it?In a similar way you'd fill a growler.
Would the carbonation hold in on of these mini kegs?
I've never done it but I don't see why not. I don't use my easy kegs now since moving to corny kegs but kept them with a view to doing just this so would be interested in how you get on.
Be aware though the kegs won't stand too high a pressure, great for English beers not so good for lagers.
If I get round to it might do a test over the Christmas period to save trekking out to the garage each time I need a beer.
Edit, - when you ask will the carbonation hold, it will hold it ok until you start on the keg, but unless you're dad has a system where co2 can be put back in the keg then at some point he's going to have to turn the top valve letting air into the keg at which point the beers life is limited.
Thanks, I don't do largers anyway, so the pressure would be no higher than 2-2.3 psi as its a milk Stout is what I'm thinking of transfering.
Now the question is do I go to staggeringlygood today to get a filled easy keg at £26, drink and refill with mine or just get a couple empty easykegs from brewuk
I just bought a couple online. Plan is to corny 19l and fill up the easy keg and never go near a bottle again. Hopefully.....
I try and bottle a few samples of every brew on the basis that some of them will get better with time; whereas a PB or Growler seems to evaporate within days if it’s any good!
It really is worth bottling a few of everything.
But I am SOOOO lazy......
If you want to fill a minikeg from your own corny keg I would suggest seeing if you can make some kind of counter presser filler using the grey bungs that are used with the party tap.
If you can put a tube through the hole in the bung and then push the beer in under 2-3 PSI of pressure you should have a better chance of keeping the carbonation in the beer and minimising foam. As the pressure builds you will need to wiggle the seal around the dip tube to release some pressure and allow the beer to continue to flow.
Thanks, I'll remember this when I get round to brewing a 'party batch'
Where are people sourcing their mini kegs and bungs these days? Looks like Leyland Homebrew are no longer supplying them.
I’ve just ordered 6 from Geterbrewed today. £6 a piece. They only have the Easy Kegs with integral taps, not the closed ones with the grey bungs.
I’ve also used BrewUk and the-home-brew-shop in the past but found the ones from the latter rust more in my Klarstein.
What I do (herein the Czech Republic) is buy the 5 liter kegs with the beer in it. It's almost the same price with the beer as the empties are. Then I enjoy the beer, pop out the bung, clean and sterilize, and use again.
This is what I do (well Father in law) and I actually ordered some spare bungs over the weekend from https://Www.brewuk.co.uk for about 60p. It is possible to reuse the bungs but I have fat fingers and not gentle enough to not damage them.
Aldi were selling some kegs for £12 the other day.
I tried with a shipyard keg but he top bung couldn't be removed in the way advised on here and YouTube. There was no removing it without damaging the keg. Maybe different kegs work?
Bought a couple, plus some bungs, from BrewUK. I have also re-used one that had beer in it (!) with a new bung. Waiting to see if there are any problems with that ..
Is it possible to use a mini-keg or an easy-keg with a bottle of CO2 like you would with a corny keg? Does anyone know if you could buy a suitable tap or would one need to make one somehow?
From my admittedly limited experience I have concluded that best way is to use minikeg is for relatively low carbed offerings, traditional bitters etc, prime with sugar and dispense with the Party Star - any sediment is left in the bottom with the last half pint that is difficult to get out in any case. Gas keeps the beer fresh and tops up pressure for a decent pour.
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