hist-brewing: Mini-Kegs and Carbonation

Owen Hutchins owenbrau at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 11 19:36:46 PDT 2004

At least one company is selling a tap for the 5 liter mini-kegs that taps them on their side instead of upright. Also, you can get systems that use 2, 3, and even 6 liter soda bottles, which I like. Check out morebeer.com . 
The mini-kegs were never really intended to be re-used, and I found them more annoying than anything else. However, if they can hold carbonation, they can hold carbonation. The container doesn't care how the CO2 got there, only the pressure it is at.
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  From: David Stout 
  To: hist-brewing at pbm.com 
  Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2004 12:35 PM
  Subject: hist-brewing: Mini-Kegs and Carbonation

  Mini-Kegs and Carbonation


  I'm referring to those little 'party kegs' you buy from the 'beer store'.  


  Space is a premium when you live in a small apartment, which is why these little kegs, are appealing.  They easily fit in the fridge.  I have had mixed results carbonating beer in these by priming.  Is the gas gradually escaping through the bung at the top of the keg?  One way around this I suppose would be to condition the beer with the keg on it's side.  The problem with this however is that you would stir the yeast residue at the time you tap the keg.


  I have read that these little kegs do not have the constitution to carbonate artificially.  Could this be attempted using a carbonation stone and much care?  Has anyone attempted something similar?  Am I constructing a 'Beer Bomb"?
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