Non-pressurized 5L Mini Kegs in Edgestar Mini Kegerator?

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by HKUSPC40, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. HKUSPC40

    HKUSPC40 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Washington

    Anyone use this (,pd.html?cgid=Wine_and_Beverage-Kegerators) with non-pressurized mini-kegs using the accessory kit? Was thinking about getting a mini-keg, getting it filled ala-growler station, and then pressurizing it with the mini-keg fridge. I've seen the mini-kegs with just the hole in the top and a plug (I'm assuming this is the proper keg to use with the fridge) but I'm not sure where to get one. I really don't want to drill on a Heine keg and I don't believe the ball-stop soda kegs will work with this setup (from what I see). Edgestar's website really doesn't provide much info on the types of kegs that will fit their accessory kit. Any suggestions?
  2. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    Jesus... $300 for the unit and $100 for the accessory kit. You're in for $400 to serve a 12 pack of beer. Just get or build a real kegerator and serve real kegs. Unless you just have money laying around you have no idea what else to do with...
  3. HKUSPC40

    HKUSPC40 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Washington

    I've found it for $150 at Sears and $179 at That's just MSRP (300). I don't have enough room for a kegerator (full size) and don't really have the need.

    I did the math to determine if it was worth purchasing... Correct me if I'm wrong but this is what I came up with:

    For example:
    Bear Republic Racer X: Price per 22oz bottle: $8.49 Price per Oz.: Approx. $0.39/Oz.
    Price per 64oz growler fill: $13.49 Price per Oz.: Approx. $0.21/Oz.

    Seems pretty worth it especially since the growler station I have access to rotates a lot of expensive beer that I love to drink lol.
  4. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    You can tap these beers, but since they are growler fills, i don't think the beer(s) will hold up long until you run into oxidation issues. You're not going to fare much worse by just drinking the growler over 2 days, IMO. Are you thinking of just dumping a growler or two into a 5L mini keg, or will they fill up the 5L mini keg for a price? Maybe it would be better if you got the 5L keg filled and could seal it some how and tap it immediately upon getting it home.

    There is always the cool gadget factor, which I am not knocking at all. If you're thinking the beer is going to last you a week or two once you tap it, I think you might be disappointed. I could be wrong. If you're going for the cool gadget factor by sharing some beers in a somewhat unique way and killing it in a few days, then by all means.

    I think I would spend $200 on more Racer X and just stick with the growlers!
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