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I am about to take the plunge into home brewing. For more than one reason I am not ready to go full bore kegging. What are the
+ -  of the mini keg systems that are out there. Volume wise space wise this seems like a fit for me.
All help is much appreciated.

I have a bunch of 5L mini-kegs.  I've only used them a couple of times.  They're hard to keep pressurized, at least with the tap assembly I have.  I've found that once I tap one I need to drink it pretty quick.  From a quick search it looks like there might be better tap assemblies out there but they seem kind of pricey for what you're getting.

I've only really used them for beers that didn't really turn out the way I wanted them to but are still drinkable.  Instead of going through the hassle of bottling for a beer I'm not crazy about but don't want to dump just yet I'll throw them in the minis.  Also, if I make a 5 gallon starter beer that I want to drink I might mini-keg it.  I'm planning one of those now actually and the plan is to use the minis.

But generally until I get around to investing in a keg system any beer worth keeping is going into bottles.

There are 2.5 & 3 gallon cornie kegs out there. Pricey for sure but with these you could transition to 5 gallon kegs seamlessly when you are ready.

I have each of the above, being in a similar situation once. Plus, they are perfect for parties and portable cooler kegerators.

I had the 5L mini kegs and thought they would be a great way to ease myself into kegging. I hated them.

For me it was a half a$$ed solution that produced half a$$ed results.

I would stick to bottling until you make the move into all-grain, or you're brewing more than once a month, or in some other determine that you are not going to leave the hobby. Basic kegging (no kegerator, just a keg or 2 and a 5lb co2 tank), is reasonably cheap, and you can always just chill the kegs when you need them, if space is your problem.


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