Mini Keg Setup

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  1. Jun 28, 2018 #1

    danbriant

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    So I keep hearing from people that kegs are the way to go. I'm starting to see the advantages.

    However I have never done this before.

    I always bottle my beer, as I do brew in short batches normally around 12l. As I do BIAB small setup.

    I still have some beer kits to use though.

    Now I don't mind using bottles for some of my beer.

    I was tempted by this because it's portable and would be ideal for taking some of my beer to a party or something.

    https://www.angelhomebrew.co.uk/en/dispensing/281-36l-stainless-steel-growler-set.html

    But overall what kind of setup should I use. I don't want to spend alot. But want to make my brew days shorter. As cleaning alot of bottles is a long process!

    How long will the keg of beer last before quality drops?
    I'm not to much of a big drinker. Sure I will enjoy a beer or two but not every day.

    I'm open to ideas and suggestions
     
  2. Jun 28, 2018 #2

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    You could have a look at the mini keg thread, 5litres and not costly.

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    Have a look here, this is the thread ammcle mentioned:

    https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/easy-keg-5l.57568/
     
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    Until recently I also brewed 12L batches using my 15L stock pot and bottled.

    Wanting to get into kegging, I looked at all kinds of small volume kegging options, but all of those that use CO2 dispense were more expensive than getting a 19L corny keg set up .

    So what I have done is bought a complete 19L corny set up and I'm brewing a more concentrated wort with my setup. Then I'm back liquoring with 2-3L and putting 14-15L total volume of beer into my 19L corny keg.

    I figured this was not only cheaper but allows me room to increase the volume of my brewing at a later date.
     
  6. Feb 13, 2019 #6

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    I’ve now posted this in the correct thread (I think)
     
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    Sorry, should have said
    Morrisons £16
     
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    1. Properly brewed and kegged there is no realistic time limit on how long a brew will last so "over a year" will do for most high ABV brews.
    2. I too am not much of a drinker, but I gave up 5 litre mini-kegs because they were too small. When you think about it, you will "lose" the same volume (line clearing, lees etc) no matter how big or how small the size of the container.
    The 3.6 litre keg is really only "picnic size" so my advice is to go for a larger volume.
     
  9. Feb 14, 2019 #9

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    3.6l for £100 notes.
    No thank you. Try the £6 mini kegs first and see how you get on.
     
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    I find it astounding that people will pay £125 for a 5 litre container in which to keep 5 litres of beer.
    As my old Mum would say " More money than sense"
     
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    For a 12 litre batch you'd be looking at one of these:

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-5...0001&campid=5338413729&icep_item=143102434174

    It'll take your whole batch in one go which keeps the rest of your setup (gas, lines etc) easy to manage. Those are used kegs on ebay but with AEB it doesn't matter because they are just about bomb proof.

    As for longevity. If you purge the headspace with CO2 after filling and store them cold then I'd guess at least 6 months, probably more.
     

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