Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs

Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:07 am

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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Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs

Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:21 am

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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Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs

Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:37 pm

since you have the presta valve, you can easily fit a pressure guage on there. When you don't have homebrew in there see if the keg will hold 5-10 psi without the cartridge on for a few days. This will tell you if anything on the keg (bung or tap handle is leaking.
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Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs

Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:44 am

Thanks for the help im just after finishing drink one of these kegs,
So now for the mods and then to fill with my home brew Centennial Blonde best beer i made yet :jnj
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Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs

Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:31 am

Good luck with it, bro.
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Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs

Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:27 am

Dave, is this still working out for you?
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Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs

Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:46 pm

I haven't been brewing much lately, but otherwise yeah, it's worked a few times for me and I plan to fill another keg real soon.
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Re: How To Reuse Your Heineken Mini-Kegs

Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:55 pm

did you do the dishes?
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