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Update: SYNEK Systems Countertop Kegerator – Kickstarter Goal Exceeded


The SYNEK Draft System is a complete countertop draft beer system.

The system uses a cartridges to hold beer, both commercial and homebrew.  The cartridges hold 128 ounces or the equivalent of two standard growlers.  These are a patent pending, flexible and multi layered design.  These are designed from the ground up to hold pressure and keep out oxygen.

The built in refrigeration system includes a digital thermostat, CO2 pressure system and an adjustable pressure regulator to manage carbonation.  The system will take up about as much countertop space as a standard size toaster oven.  You’ll also get a filling adapter and drip tray. 

Check out the SYNEK Draft System Kickstarter Page for complete details, additional photos.

If you haven’t checked lately… SYNEK Draft System has blown away their Kickstarter Goal.

SYNEK Draft System Kickstarter Launched


The SYNEK Draft System is a complete countertop draft beer system.  

The system uses a cartridges to hold beer, both commercial and homebrew.  The cartridges hold 128 ounces or the equivalent of two standard growlers.  These are a patent pending, flexible and multi layered design.  These are designed from the ground up to hold pressure and keep out oxygen.  The Kickstarter Page shows a picture of a car parked on top of an inflated bag.  They ship flat and are sanitized and ready to be filled.

The built in refrigeration system includes a digital thermostat, CO2 pressure system and an adjustable pressure regulator to manage carbonation.  The system will take up about as much countertop space as a standard size toaster oven.  You’ll also get a filling adapter and drip tray. 

I had a chance to view the prototype at NHC in Grand Rapids, MI a couple of weeks ago.  It is a sharp looking unit.  Chatting with the guys behind it, the Kickstarter price is very close to their estimation of production cost.

Check out the SYNEK Draft System Kickstarter Page for complete details, additional photos, rewards and Specifications.

More Beer: Complete Tap A Draft Setup $59.95 Shipped

Product Description Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

I’m a big fan of the Tap a Draft system.  I’ve used it to keg small batches and for portable serving.  This would also work well as a main kegging system if you’re tight on space.

Tap-A-Draft Homebrew Setup KEG920 - $59.95 Shipped

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.


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More Beer: Complete Tap A Draft Setup $61.95 Shipped + Speidel Fermenters In Stock

Product Description Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

I’m a big fan of the Tap a Draft system.  I’ve used it to keg small batches and for portable serving.  This would also work well as a main kegging system if you’re tight on space.

Tap-A-Draft Homebrew Setup KEG920 - $61.95 Shipped

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.


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Reader Tip: 5L Mini Kegs – Pros, Cons and Tips

After seeing yesterday’s post Portable Beer Serving Options!  HBF Reader Timothy pointed out the fact that I did not include 5L Mini Kegs in that post.  Good point!  That oversight has been fixed.  Timothy went on to gives some pros, cons and tips.  Those follow.

from Timothy:
I grabbed a couple of these last summer when I wanted to take some homebrew on a week-long sailing trip. I’ve also used it for keg-conditioning small batches. I have one in my fridge (regular fridge with all the food) right now with a yummy rye pale.

Pros:

  • Lightweight, stainless, stackable, looks great.
  • Don’t need the CO2 tap, can serve via gravity with the twist-tap.
  • Can buy a few commercially produced beers (Bell’s, Rogue, Widmer, some imports) in the same kegs for nearly the same price as new empty ones. Free beer!

Cons:

  • The bungs cost extra, and entirely necessary. And a pain to remove for cleaning.
  • When you add the CO2 tap, it’s a little expensive compared to Tap-A-Draft. Midwest sells a kit with the tap and 4 kegs at a decent price.

Tips:

  • Always minimize the CO2 pressure when not in use. I’ve had problems with CO2 leakage otherwise.
  • Turn the tap nozzle upwards after pouring, unless you like beer dripping in the fridge floor.
  • Store the plastic insert for the bung with the lip on the inside of the keg. It’s meant to be pushed out when you insert the tap stem. It makes the bung harder to remove if the lip is on the outside.

Mini-Keg 8130 – $15.99

Rubber Mini Keg Bung 8145 – $1.29

Tap for Party Star Deluxe System 8170 – $74.99

Party Star Deluxe Tap System 8120 – $129.99


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Midwest Supplies: 10% Off Mini CO2 Regulator – Get Ready for Summer Serving

Midwest Supplies is extending a 10% discount on the Leland Mini CO2 regulator to Homebrew Finds Readers.  Just use promo code HBF-Mini to save $13.50 on this mini regulator.

Unlike some portable or small space serving options, this regulator allows for adjustment of serving and storing pressure.  I own this and I’m a big fan!  Check on my hands on review: Hands on with the Leland Mini CO2 Regulator

Mini-CO2 Regulator w/ Quick Disconnect 8080 – $121.49 when you use promo HBF-Mini

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Reader Tip: 3 Liter Oak Barrel – $69.99

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If you’re looking to experiment with oak barrels on a small scale or you don’t have a lot of room, this is a nice size at 3 liters.


3 Liter Oak Barrel 37-3095 – $69.99

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More Beer: Complete Tap A Draft Setup $59.95 Shipped!

Product Description Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

I’m a big fan of the Tap a Draft system.  I’ve used it to keg small batches and for portable serving.  This would also work well as a main kegging system if you’re tight on space.

Tap-A-Draft Homebrew Setup KEG920 - $59.95 Shipped

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

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Small Batch All Grain Equipment and Recipe Kit – $38.40 Shipped

This just dropped to a record low price of $38.40 shipped.

I think this kit is a great way to get started brewing small batch all grain.  I think it’s also a great gift idea.

You get an equipment kit and an ingredient kit for Brooklyn BrewShop’s Everyday IPA.  This kit and equipment is designed to produce 1 gallon of beer.

Brooklyn Brew Beer Making Kit, Everyday IPA- $38.40 Shipped


Additional ingredient kits are available for $15 – here

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Hands On: 2.5 Gallon Stackable Kegs!


These 2.5 gallon stackable kegs are available from Adventures in Homebrewing.  I recently purchased two of these.


I can see these being useful for the following purposes:

  • Faster keg turn around.  Believe it or not, it takes some people a while to get through a 5 gallon keg.  Using 2.5 gallon kegs frees up kegs faster and allows you to turn over beer batches and styles more quickly.
  • More beer options in about the same space.
  • Small batch brewing.  A great size if you’re doing a small batch, extract or brew in a bag (BIAB), and are shooting for 2.5 gallons or so of finished beer.  This is the perfect size for splitting a 5 gallon kit in half for small batch.
  • Portable serving.  These kegs are a great size to take along.
  • Small space kegging.  Some people just don’t have room for a full size kegging setup.

Revolutionary
2.5 and 3 gallon kegs have been around for a long, long time.  There are two things that make these particular kegs revolutionary: 1.  The price.  The current sale price of $79 is amazing for a brand new keg and 2.  These are stackable with fittings on.  Yep, check out the pictures folks.  They stack with ball lock fittings in place.

Stacked with fittings on

 Top/side view

 Top View


 Stacked


 Still Stacked


 Stacked Close-up

 Stacked height is around 28 5/16″


 So you can see my stickers.  Yes, I am a grown man with a sticker collection.  
If only they were scratch and sniff.


This has 11/16th ball lock posts


 You get a good view of my favorite keg wrench here


 This uses standard universal style poppets.  I believe the posts are also standard, although I don’t know what type of threads are used.


 Unlike some smaller kegs, this uses standard ball lock size lids.  I grabbed the nearest one that I had available.  This is a fermenting lid also from AIH.


A look inside the keg

Build Quality:  These feel sturdy and look great.  I’m happy about the build quality.

Features and Design: The fact that these stack with fittings on is a key feature for these kegs.  These kegs also use standard size parts- lids, poppets, orings, gas dip tub, probably posts.  A standard dip tube could also be trimmed for use if a replacement is needed.  Standard parts are a bonus as some smaller size kegs use non-standard parts and sizes. 

Price:  It’s hard to beat the current sale price of $79 for a brand new ball lock keg.  It’s worth noting that this is currently on sale marked down from $119.

Overall:  I’m very happy to have these kegs.  I’m looking forward to using them for small batch BIAB batches that I brew, for portable serving and more.  These are a new addition to the Top Finds list.

These kegs have recently come in stock after being on pre-order for an extended period of time.  As of this writing… they are available to order and on sale.  List price is $119.  They are on sale for $79.  That’s a markdown of 34% or $40.

2.5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg New - $79

Update: check the product description to see if the current offering is stackable with fittings on.  As of this update, the price is down to $69 and the version currently offered stacks for storage, not with fittings on.

Also available in a complete kegging system…

2.5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegging System

Also available in a 5 gallon version…

5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg New - $89.99

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