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Mini Keg Discussion / Mods / Show Off - Dedicated Thread

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by Zorco, 8/11/16.

 

  1. goatchop41

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    Posted 12/10/17
    Haven't tried them myself, but I'd be suss on them without any sort of PRV.
    Personally, I would just spend the extra $ and get a ball lock head. Can still force carb with it, but have the option for using a tap on it too (and have the PRV on it). I just don't see the point of the carb caps
     
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  2. Milk-lizard84

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    Posted 12/10/17
    Anyone have any problems with the out posts on there mini kegs? I can't connect a beer disconnect to save myself. I've tried 4 different ones to no avail. The machining on the outpost compared to one from my 19l keg is different. The mini keg one is the top one on the pic.
    I've also attached a pic at my attempt at connecting beer disconnect.

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  3. FarsideOfCrazy

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    Posted 12/10/17
    Are they the wrong way around? Try the beer disconnect on the other post and try a gas one on that post
     
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  4. Liam_snorkel

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    Posted 12/10/17
    if it doesn't - grab some 'k-flex' pipe insulation from the big green shed and run the line through that. Should act as sufficient lagging in warmer weather. Works for my portable setup in brisbane.
     
  5. peekaboo_jones

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    Posted 12/10/17
    Yes I've had a issues with the posts also.
    No real dramas getting the disconnects on but getting them off is extremely difficult.

    I've tried both gas and liquid thinking they were mixed up bit that way certainly doesn't work.
    It's a machine issue with mine at closer inspection too.

    Are these the same posts as regular 5 gallon soda syrup posts?
     
  6. EalingDrop

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    Posted 12/10/17
    Was thinking that this morning! Can't argue with that if it works in Brissie, Im in Sydney.

    The kids swimming noodle has survived the chop again .

    Thanks LS
     
  7. Milk-lizard84

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    Posted 12/10/17
    I actually switched the posts around last night and it worked a treat. Great unit but yeah the posts definitely aren't machined correctly. I got it working which im happy with though.
     
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    I bet nobody has had a problem with stainless disconnects. I have found them much better than the plastic ones for mini kegs. 7803-stainless-ball-lock-disconnect-mfl-black-liquid.jpg
    Lets ask who has stainless disconnects on their mini kegs and has had a problem getting them on or off??
     
  10. Grott

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    Posted 24/10/17
    No problems but keg lube a big help in reducing stiffness. Some don’t realise that to get disconnects off it is easier to push down on the top of the disconnect and lift the spring loaded part of the connector rather than just lifting it.
     
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    Posted 24/10/17
    I agree that getting them on/off is a breeze, you really feel the nice snap lock.

    If you have a MFL disconnect, they do leak at the point where the swivel barb is connected to the MFL. I managed to get the Nylon flared olive washer from the folks at brewmart in Perth who are great because they're happy to use standard post and only 30 cents each.
     
  12. Gmoney

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    I've got a little problem with my mini keg. I've got a 2l with a Pale Ale sitting in it. I "bottle conditioned" it with its normal lid on. After a few weeks i stuck it in the fridge for a week. Unfortunately I can't get the lid off. I don't have a shifter big enough. Any thoughts on how I can open it up without destroying it?
     
  13. peekaboo_jones

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    Posted 21/11/17
    Maybe try opening it with a Tupperware Jar grip opener. It's a rubber grip mat thingy, they work awesome for regular jars I reckon it'll work with the mini keg flat lid
     
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  14. Gmoney

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    Posted 21/11/17
    I've got one of them and no luck. Also tried banging it on the table and hitting it softy with a hammer.
     
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    Posted 21/11/17
    Try to put a little bit of pressure on the lid from the top as you try to turn it, to counter the pressure from inside.
     
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    Posted 21/11/17
    Duck down to Bunnings and grab some vice grips for about $25.
     
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    This may be a silly question as I am not familiar with the mini kegs, but is the vessel pressurised? Have you tried letting out the head pressure before attempting to unscrew?
     
  18. Grott

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    Posted 21/11/17
    It seems the keg has been naturally carbonated and the plain cap put on, no relieve valve etc. Multi grips would be my choice.
     
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    Posted 21/11/17
    Multi grips and caution
     
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  20. TheSumOfAllBeers

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    Posted 23/11/17
    Push down as you unscrew
     

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