Man go camping, man need beer!

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Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by JabbA » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:22 pm

With the better weather on the horizon the missus is coming out of hibernation and we’re off camping for the first time this year at Easter.

Now as I see I have three options for taking some kegged beer on such travels: vacuum ‘growlers’(horrible term!), mini growler kegs , or go the whole hog and get a 9litre corny :D The trouble is it all gets a bit expensive with the taps, gas regulators and so on…

I’m leaning towards a couple of 2litre vacuum growlers and not bothering with a gas set-up, just use them like bottles. But then a 9 litre corny, kept cool, with a party tap and Sodastream bottle & regulator would be really cool…

What do you do in the way of mobile beer service???

Cheers,
Jamie

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by aamcle » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:44 pm

2, 3, 4 (as required) two litre pop bottles are cheap, easy and disposable.

Carbinator caps work or if your an out and out rebel make one of these :-

http://aussiehomebrewer.com/topic/74451 ... try1062270
or
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=24678


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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by JabbA » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:51 pm

As it happens I've recently got a carbonation cap for flushing through my kegorator lines with a garden sprayer!

The thing is we're going away with friends at Easter, pulling out a couple of re-used pop bottles wasn't the kinda look I was aiming at in front of company :D

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by windrider » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:52 pm

JabbA wrote:or go the whole hog and get a 9litre corny :D The trouble is it all gets a bit expensive with the taps, gas regulators and so on…
So worth it though :D I've invested in a neoprene 'keg' jacket now for the summer :twisted:

I fill growlers from the keg too, they work just as well but the downside you have to drink the whole lot in one sitting really.
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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by JabbA » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:02 pm

Now that's more like it! How is it on the disposable CO2 cartridges? The Malt Miller sites suggests not quite a full keg from a 16g one.

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by windrider » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:22 pm

JabbA wrote:Now that's more like it! How is it on the disposable CO2 cartridges? The Malt Miller sites suggests not quite a full keg from a 16g one.

Cheers,
Jamie
Yeah that’s about right. I used x1 cartridge on NYE and it dispensed the whole keg (about 7-8 litres). You can pick the cartridges up pretty cheap on eBay, they are the same sort bikers use.

I ditched the chrome tap and use a picnic tap with a length of beer line to reduce foaming. It goes down a right storm at parties =D>

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by JabbA » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:30 pm

That doesn't sound too bad. Yeah, I've got a box of the 16g cartridges for my road bike, and a party tap already. So just a keg and the gas regulator...

I'm fed up of taking a full size corny and a big gas bottle to parties, NYE a couple of years ago I took a beer engine too!

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Jamie

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by Dennis King » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:47 pm

Camping, in England, at Easter :-k brave man.

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by JabbA » Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:00 pm

Haha! Actually, a few years ago we had just about the best weather all year at Easter, in Langdale! 'twas too hot to bother walking to the crag to climb!

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Jamie

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by aamcle » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:02 pm

Mod up one of the counter-pressure fillers and use 5 litre mini kegs, if your after some they often come with free beer!

You can "slow force carb" in mini kegs so If you have time and a brew to hand that may be an option, I've done it using a car tire valve. a tire infiltrator and a pressure gauge.
If I were going to do any more I'd set up some thing a bit less ghetto, I bottle nearly all my brews now except for the odd one that gets split between bottles and a 10 litre plastic barrel.

According to what I have been able to discover mini kegs are capable of going up to 20 psi and as lager is often sold in them I think that must be correct.

Not as shiny as SS kegs but much more cost effective!


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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by AdrianTrace » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:33 pm

Why only a 9Ltr Cornie? :twisted:
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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by Hanglow » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:11 am

Big fan of camping at all times of the year, but I always just go and buy some tinnies instead of taking homebrew :D Not helpful I know :) Mainly a hipflask is best though for some water of life
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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:19 pm

If you get the brew builder mini kegs , get the party tap and the better regulator. The basic one is a bit shit TBH and you are going to have crazy foaming issues with it. The kegs themselves are great, and small enough that a bucket of ice is sufficient to cool them

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by Crastney » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:08 pm

If you like camping and home brew beer - have you signed up for this years Home Brew Festival yet?

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Re: Man go camping, man need beer!

Post by JabbA » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:25 pm

Crastney wrote:If you like camping and home brew beer - have you signed up for this years Home Brew Festival yet?
No I haven't. To be honest, what I've seen from previous Spring Things (and I don't want to come across a dick) it all looks a bit 'low rent'. Having just been on the website it looks a lot more appalling! Alas, it's the wife's birthday that weekend and don't think it'll go down too well, maybe next year!

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Jamie

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