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 Post subject: Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:03 am 
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Awesome, thanks for the links! And thanks to the others who transformed this from a "how to mini-keg beer" thread to a "how to make me nearly shit my pants laughing" thread!
I need to get myself a CO2 tank and some regulators. For now, I'm using one of the handheld dispensers as well. I imagine that setting up for a real charging tank wouldn't be too hard to figure out.
Once my Pale Ale is done in the secondary, I just may have to give this idea a whirl. Thanks again DMtaylor!
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 Post subject: Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:27 pm 
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FWIW -- I recently polished off my first mini-keg of homebrew -- so, what's a guy to do then? Well, not seeing any huge benefit in rigorous cleaning and sanitizing the whole keg since there just was beer in it, and I'm just adding beer right back in again, I simply rinsed out the keg good a few times, primed with a tablespoon of sugar, and added more homebrew. The same yeast was used for both batches, so I don't really care about funky yeast flavors developing. The whole rinsing and refilling process took 15 minutes flat. Well, maybe 20 minutes, absolute maximum. It's as if I was almost able to do it during a fricking commercial while watching TV, it was so quick. Amazing. I am really loving this! I suppose at some point I'll need to do some heavy-duty cleaning inside the keg, but in the meantime....... Do you think there is any downside to just rinsing and adding more beer right away, if I'm adding a substantially similar batch back in again? There was live yeast in the keg before, and the same yeast has been added in again, and I did rinse out the vast majority of residual yeast from the previous batch. I'm thinking I might be onto something.... but gosh, what a time-saver! I could have spend an hour bottling, but I cut that time probably by 75% or so! We'll taste it in 5 days or so to see how it's doing. My guess is, it will be awesome. What's your guess?

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 Post subject: Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:09 pm 
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Awesome work dmtaylor! Thanks for the info, I might just need to give this a try.

San_Diego_Matt wrote:
There's got to be a way to get a regular CO2 tank to push through a presta valve. I know there are lots of DIY's out there for making your own carbonator cap and they use a presta valve pressed through the cap of a standard 2 liter soda bottle.

I would assume the guys that make their own carbonator caps to save $10 don't then go out and drop coin on a CO2 charger and the disposable CO2 cartridges. That seems a bit contradictory.



I've got the exact same CO2 dispenser dmtaylor uses. This puppy has a flare fitting on it just like the ones on the quick disconnects/CO2+beverage lines for your corny keg. My guess would be that all you gotta do is screw it on.


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 Post subject: Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:26 am 
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Great piece, but I too couldn't get over the empty cat food cans and dirty dishes.

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 Post subject: Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs
PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:03 am 
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Hello

And thanks for the setup of the mini keg but i have a few questions for ya.
Can you over pressureise the keg with the hand held co2 charger?
Do you use a full cartiage in 1 go?
Do you wait for your beer to condition first for the 10 days then fill with co2 or do you prime then fill the beer then co2 then fridge?
Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs
PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:40 pm 
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I haven't overpressurized it yet. When it needs a charge, which is after every couple of pints, I only add about a half-second's worth of CO2 at one time, and this has been doing the trick of keeping the beer carbonated while also being forceful enough to push the beer out for another couple pints.

It takes about 2 or 3 of the little 12 or 16 gram CO2 cartridges to push out a full 5-liter keg of homebrew. At less than a buck a pop, it's not a huge expense, but worth a small amount of consideration.

I prime with 1 tablespoon white sugar for roughly 10 days, then refrigerate. The first pint or two won't need any additional CO2 and will come out with their natural carbonation. After that, you need to add the half-second squirts of CO2 to keep the pressure on for another couple pints.

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 Post subject: Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:07 am 
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dmtaylor wrote:
It takes about 2 or 3 of the little 12 or 16 gram CO2 cartridges to push out a full 5-liter keg of homebrew. At less than a buck a pop, it's not a huge expense, but worth a small amount of consideration.


in my experience it takes about 3 16 gram CO2 cartridges to push out 5 gallons of homebrew but i have only experienced this when friends are around and the keg gets finished that night. If your pushing your 5L keg over a few days there could be few areas of CO2 loss

the CO2 devices were not really meant to hold pressure once the seal of the cartridges has been broken. The 16 gram cartridges were designed to hold enough CO2 to get the full 120 psi into a road bicycle tube in the event of a flat. If you only use a portion of the CO2 cartridge (as homebrewers do), , there could be loss of pressure within the unit after a day or two. Also, from my bike shop days, the french sytle or presta inner tube valves can lose pressure unless you screw down the top.

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 Post subject: Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:21 am 
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This is exactly what I am finding. I've had a 5L keg tapped for 2 months, and I just had to pop my 3rd 12-gram CO2 due to leakage. I also screwed down the Presta valve because I had left it open -- I think this was the real source of the problem in the keg itself, as I don't seem to have the same problem when I screw it down.

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