Probably the question we get asked most is: "How do I fill my mini keg?"
Closely followed by "Can I fill my keg from cans or bottles?" or "What can I fill my mini keg with?"
Well this page is designed to answer that question! We cover the various methods of filling, the best way to do it, how long the drink will last in the keg with each method and the best option for you.
In short, you can fill your mini keg with any drink you like!How you fill it , how you dispense it and how long it will last depend on the drink and the method you use to fill the keg.
Make sure your keg is clean and sanitised before filling but do not use dishwashing liquid (which will wreck the head on any beer you put in it afterwards).
See a video on sanitising your keg here
The best product to clean is sodium percarbonate which will remove any set on sediments / stickiness etc if you forget to rinse your keg out after it's empty.
The best sanitiser is a oxygen based no-rinse sanitiserwhich takes 2min to kill any bacteria and doesn't leave any odour of flavour.
We also have a package that includes both of those plus spare o-rings and lubricant to maintain them here
For any carbonated drink especially (beer, cider, kombucha, soda, G&T, rum and coke etc) it's best to chill the inside of your keg before filling. This will prevent foaming and loss of carbonation when the liquid hits warm metal.
With an insulated keg it's always best to chill inside the keg before filling as otherwise you may warm your drink a bit and once it's in the keg it takes a long time in the fridge before the inside starts getting colder.
It's best to flush the inside of the keg with CO2 or nitrogen before filling it to avoid your drink touching oxygen (it's only really important for beer, but it's best practise for all drinks).
You can do this by injecting CO2 into the open mouth of the keg or though the gas post and pulling the gas release valve a few times. CO2 is heavier than air so imagine your keg is now filled with liquid, the heavier liquid (your drink) goes to the bottom and lifts the lighter liquid (CO2) on top of it as you fill. This prevents your drink touching oxygen while you fill.
See a video on gas flushing an open mouth keg here
See a video on flushing a mini keg with ball lock posts here
You can absolutely fill your keg from cans or bottles, it's not the main reason we designed the mini keg (we'd like to prevent as many cans and bottles being used in the first place as possible) and it's not the best method but there are good reasons why you might want to:
There are thousands of breweries, cideries and distilleries in Europe and more opening every day.
The best thing to do is google "brewery near me" and give them a call.
Your local pub or bottleshop may also be willing to do refills, if they have a takeaway license there is no reason they can't but it's up to them so just ask them nicely!
We also know of kombucha makers, cold brew coffee makers, iced tea and a bunch of other small businesses crying out to send you home with delicious drinks on tap so ask around!
Very similar to filling from a ball lock keg or fermenter, just that you add ball loock posts to the coupler so you can connect iKegger mini kegs easily.