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Offline davidgzach

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Beer Engine
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:55:10 PM »
I'm thinking about buying a beer engine and making some cask conditioned ales.  Anyone have one and what do you think?  I'm afraid I'm going to brew 2-3 cask ales and get bored with it....

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Re: Beer Engine
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013, 05:19:42 PM »
I have a pin sized cask (stainless) and I don't really use it that often.  I pretty much only use it at club events and parties.  Hard to drink 5 gallons of beer within 2-3 days without a lot of help :D.  I didn't end up buying a beer engine... Though my homebrew club bought 2 casks and a beer engine (Which I store at my place...) The beer engine is definitely nice to have with the cask.  If I had it to do over again I wouldn't have bought my pin because I was able to get the club to buy some... and I pretty much only use my pin for club events anyways...
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Re: Beer Engine
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013, 05:22:51 AM »
We have one at brewery and even down there we don't use it very often.

I have a stout faucet and nitro tank at home and I love that. I put my IPA exclusively on nitrogen for home and it's awesome. For home use I'd recommend that over a beer engine.
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Re: Beer Engine
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2013, 05:40:58 AM »
We have one at brewery and even down there we don't use it very often.

I have a stout faucet and nitro tank at home and I love that. I put my IPA exclusively on nitrogen for home and it's awesome. For home use I'd recommend that over a beer engine.

Good stuff Keith, thanks!
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Re: Beer Engine
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2013, 05:54:53 AM »
I have a pin sized cask (stainless) and I don't really use it that often.  I pretty much only use it at club events and parties.  Hard to drink 5 gallons of beer within 2-3 days without a lot of help :D.  I didn't end up buying a beer engine... Though my homebrew club bought 2 casks and a beer engine (Which I store at my place...) The beer engine is definitely nice to have with the cask.  If I had it to do over again I wouldn't have bought my pin because I was able to get the club to buy some... and I pretty much only use my pin for club events anyways...

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Re: Beer Engine
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2013, 06:55:44 AM »
I've got one and use it fairly often. The trick is to get a CO2 aspirator and hook that up to the gas post on your corney. That way you don't have to drink everything in a day. That being said the ideal would be a stout tap on nitro, but those are very expensive out here, and very hard to source the gas mix if you're not a professional.

Another consideration is where to put it - these are typically mounted onto a ledge of some sort and need enough room around them to pull all the way through.
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Re: Beer Engine
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2013, 07:00:16 AM »
You can make a poor man's cask breather out of a low pressure propane regulator for about $30 or less. They is how we serve the beer with a hand pump, and then return it to a cold room/fridge when done for the night, as we don't go through that much in a night.
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Re: Beer Engine
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2013, 07:40:52 AM »
I've got one and use it fairly often. The trick is to get a CO2 aspirator and hook that up to the gas post on your corney. That way you don't have to drink everything in a day. That being said the ideal would be a stout tap on nitro, but those are very expensive out here, and very hard to source the gas mix if you're not a professional.

Another consideration is where to put it - these are typically mounted onto a ledge of some sort and need enough room around them to pull all the way through.

It's the opposite in the states.... The Beer Engine itself is a super expensive purchase... It alone would be more than the stout faucet, beer gas tank, and beer gas fill.  I do +1 on the aspirator... I have one of those.. but you still have to drink the cask beer within a few days... or it goes flat... But then you can transfer it to a keg and recarb....
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