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The Keg Smiths 8-Pint Mini Keg

The Keg Smiths 8-Pint Mini Keg

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I received my keg last week but I have a couple questions.
After I pour my beer, it seems to go flat after 10-15.
Is there any suggestions to carbonate your beer for the carbonation to last longer?
Jrock_37
This is like a growler which basically needs to be finished within 24 hours. You need to fill it with already carbonated beer, the small cartridges are only for serving pressure. CO2 wants to escape solution, so keep your beer as cold as possible to maintain carbonation longer.
I'm trying to use my new mini-keg for nitro cold brew - things are pressurizing, and I have the creamer spout on it, but I'm not getting any foam. The coffee comes out flat. Any ideas?
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estambar
You need to get and keep everything very cold, pressurize with the Nitro and let it stay pressurized for a day or so (always cold) before you get any real nitro effect.
IppoJ
Thanks - I was able to do it by charging, letting sit for 4-8 hours, then using another charger. so basically it's two canisters per cold brew keg. seems to work pretty well now thanks!
Hi! What is the net weight of the shipping package?
would this be usable with cold brewed coffee to serve nitro-brew?
Do the cans have an external volume marking indicating the gallon/128 oz capacity? Is there a fill line?
Looked at these too--was a little concerned if it gets knocked over would it damage regulator etc as it is all out in the open and then how it will store in the fridge. My two cents. I'm going with a Hendrix Keg here's what sold it for me. They have a 64 and 128oz. the regulator is protected, has clean looks, is easy to clean, and fridge storage space--huge plus for me! (also, a growler transfer system... so I can have an extra growler in the fridge or if for some reason some place won't fill) and to me it just looks super cool! I've seen these in person--it won't disappoint! Might check it out and see what you think. https://www.hendrixkeg.com
Mine arrived today! Im amped, after spending some time online learning how to force carb I’m excited about using this thing. I’ll be putting home brew onto it tomorrow :).
I’m super excited to get my hands on this product. As a home brewer, I am excited to test brews in this. I looked at a few other brands and was stoked to see this on Massdrop.
Please forgive my ignorance, lets assume I want to put cider inside. Do i have to go to a cider factory so they can put it in? Can i whip this out of my trunk once its filled then rock out?
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Please enlighten!
Yep, most places I've been are limited to <32oz and some won't allow filling customers' containers at all.
I just received mine and used it for the first time last week and I love it! It's very easy to put together and use. The instructions it comes with are pretty basic though, so regarding cleaning, at least, check out their Vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/user58927174
I also recommend spending a little extra for the complete kit that contains the bag, cleaning tablets and extra CO2. The bag isn't the best, as the strap is pretty short and not adjustable, but it still makes transport easier and it helps insulate the keg.
What are the dimensions for this with and without the tap installed?
Can the tap be removed for transport with the top still sealed?
rob_lab
I'm not sure about the dimensions but I'd say it's not really a whole lot larger than a 2-liter bottle of soda. As for your other question, it comes with a plain steel cap with a rubber gasket. So, you can use that to fill up your keg then replace it with the tap later.
rob_lab
It's 5.25" in diameter and when stood up is 18.5" tall. The handle is removable and can accommodate shorter or taller custom handles. It can also be stored on it's side for storage in fridges that don't have the height.
Standard growler fills are 64 ounces. Will most places fill this and just charge double?
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According to the database, there are only restrictions on customer-provided containers at 8 gallons and beyond, so basically you can't bring your own keg (kegs are all exchanged).
The only problem you might have with this is if the specific location doesn't have the features necessary to sit this thing up and fill it somewhere (requiring a longer hose or other equipment).
enord
Yes, usually breweries just charge you for double ( 128oz). Most breweries are only limited to filling up a growler no larger than 128oz. Making this unit a perfect size.
I own a growlerwerks 128oz (was a kickstarter.. what a mess). Anyway I like it but the pressure regulating cap isn't to great And I wouldn't mind another pressurized growler in my collection. My only question about this product is if it has double wall construction?
Echo1432
No it doesn't, I have similar. With a not so fancy regulator. It's a nice solid build, but no frills.
dmitriyk
Honestly, if I have one gripe about the Keg Smith, it'd be that it doesn't have a double wall. That would make it larger but some good insulation would be really nice. The bag you can get for it does help, though.
Just an FYI. Most may be aware of the growler laws in thier state, but there are a very few states that will not allow refilling if not at the original site of purchase. Other states have some other restrictions. The BA has a db on all states. https://www.brewersassociation.org/government-affairs/laws/growler-laws/
And Grolwerwerks made a nifty map of it. https://www.growlerwerks.com/blogs/news/17472728-growler-laws-state-by-state
I know because I live in Illinois and can get turned away. Hasn't happened but I have my usual places to refill.
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A retailer can be classified as a bar or taproom. I used to live close to Revolution's second brewery and would also eat at Goose Island's original pub. One of my favorite places to fill my growler was DESTIHL's pub when I lived in Urbana. Now I live in Peoria where the closest taproom has no brewery. Not everyone is similarly situated as you (nor I at one time). https://www.guysdrinkingbeer.com/growler-buyers-pledge/
And that's just illinois other states are worse.
Tons of places in Kentucky fill growlers. Liquor stores, bars, grocery stores...
Will this offer enough pressure to force carbonate homemade soda?
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ScatCat
You can force carbonate up to 75 PSI, not sure if thats enough for Soda.
ScatCat
You can as far as can itself is concerned, but the cartridge is not up to pressure or volume.
Can I use nitrous cartridges instead of CO2?
sktech
No
sktech
They do sell a kit to upgrade to nitrous however.
Just to be clear: is this something I can easily fill in my home, without any extra equipment?
RoboCat
This page has a link to a pdf download of the instructions. Looks pretty simple.
https://www.kegsmiths.com/products/8-pint-128-oz-premium-draft-keg-system
Go_Aviking
Siiiick. In that case, I think I just found my best friend's birthday present. Thanks!
I own a Growlerwerks version of this device. My Growlerwerks looks more "Steampunk" than the Keg Smith Mini Keg but I don't really know how they might differ functionally. Does anyone have experience with both?
HespusCrint
I don't have personal experience with either but for what it is worth if you look at some of the reviews of Growlerwerks on Amazon they had issues with their seals at one time. This type of pressurized growler seems more standard and is branded. You can find others of near similar design.
ChicagoWay
I have similar (ManCan), with a non adjustable regulator. It works great, I also bought 64 oz non co2 on ebay, they have same opening. Google Mini Keg Growler, and I swap the top between them based on the need. With free shipping this seems to be an ok deal. Adjustable regulator, bar tap (instead of picnic tap). Nice one.
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