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commercial 1/6 kegs connected to home brew system?

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by GeeL, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. GeeL

    GeeL Aficionado (185) Massachusetts Aug 27, 2008

    Hi. I was going to get a keg of something (DF Head 60-min) for T-day wknd (don't have any homebrew ready), but don't know how I'd configure the commercial (Sankey?) setup to be used in my homebrew system. I have the typical soda kegs connected to Perlick faucets.

    I wondered if I could cut off the picnic tap and attach to the back of the faucet (I don't recall the diameter of the lines). But not sure of CO2 hook up. If it's a pump system like kegs at backyard parties, not sure if that stays fresh a while, wouldn't need CO2 to push it?

    The guy at the beer store wondered if I could "decant" the beer into my soda keg using my auto siphon, but I don't know if that's a good idea. It would lose carbonation and aerate the beer. Of course, my CO2 would recarbonate the beer, but I don't know how recarbonated beer would taste.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. You will need one of the following set up:





    I personally bought the Northern Brewer one due to ordering other supplies at the same time. It takes minutes to change over.

    I have also see a conversion that attaches he ball lock posts to the sankey coupler but I do not remeber who makes it.

    Hope this helps.
  3. cracker

    cracker Savant (395) Pennsylvania May 2, 2004

    The above links will give you what you need along with the sanke coupler (tap).
  4. wakeele

    wakeele Zealot (75) Montana Apr 17, 2009

    I had to read the post again to make sure I'm actually the getting what GeeL is asking and not what's being implied by the advice given. It's too late now, but I want to make sure the question gets cleared up and for any future reference. What GeeL is asking is how to go FROM a homebrew soda keg setup TO a commercial Sankey value keg. Those links would be for the opposite setup: commercial Sankey valve keg setup to homebrew soda keg setup.

    This is what you need: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/...eg-couplers/sankey-coupler-all-stainless.html (given that it's for a standard N. American keg). In the product description, there is a link to the other hardware you'll need--all dependent upon the Inner Diameter of the tubing you're running to your facets. Just swap out the quick disconnects with the tail pieces and nuts, and you're set. Double check to make sure you put the gas and beer lines on in the right places of the coupler.

    Under Commercial Keg Couplers, you'll find more options for keg couplers. All of these should be fine for the 1/6 barrel kegs, but be aware that there are some older Sankey couplers out there that were designed for use only with 1/2 and 1/4 bbl kegs (in case you go looking for used couplers). I have one of these and it would not lock down on a 1/6 keg. I ended up cutting the end of the handle off to get it to work properly.

    Any questions, or if you just want to know pretty much everything there is to know about draft beer, have look at: http://www.draughtquality.org/ I suggest downloading the Draught Beer Quality Manual, 2nd Edition (link located up by the search bar) for anyone with a draft system or that is a true beer geek. Good luck and hope it worked out!
  5. cracker

    cracker Savant (395) Pennsylvania May 2, 2004

    Huh? Those links are correct. All you need is a sanke coupler and the appropriate tailpieces to connect to the gas and liquid lines which have barbed swivel nuts. This video explains it pretty nicely:
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