Please note: These kegs make a long journey from Germany and as result, many arrive with small dents. These are of no cause for concern and do not affect the functionality in any way. Thanks for your understanding!This system is perfect for the person who doesn't want to dedicate a refrigerator to a full size keg system. Simply prime your beer with 3 oz. of priming sugar, transfer into the mini keg, and in 2 -3 weeks you are ready to drink. Four 5L mini kegs is all you need for one batch of beer. You use 16 gm. CO2 cartridges to dispense the beer, but they cannot be used to carbonate the beer. Because you are using CO2, a keg will stay fresh for up to 5 - 6 weeks. You will use 1 CO2 cartridge per keg. Each mini keg will last for 6 - 8 uses before needing to be replaced.
The Party Star Deluxe Tap System Includes:
- Party Star Deluxe Tapper
- 4- 1.33 gallon mini kegs
- 4- reusable rubber bungs
- And 6 - 16 gram CO2 cartridges (1 per keg use).
- Party Star Deluxe Tapper
- Details & Instructions
Height 14" Diameter 7"
3.5 / 5.031 ReviewsBetter than beforeI once owned the same kind of CO2 assisted tap for 5L kegs back in the 90's and I loved it. Today's unit is superior in several ways. First the overall construction is more substantial, with better and denser materiel, should significantly increase the life of the tap. Also the upgrade from 12 gram powerlets to 16 gram means better performance over several uses. Finally - the ability to turn the gas flow down to completely off allows you to switch the tap out to a new keg while maintaining the remains of the unused CO2 gas for the next can.
Be sure to get some lube to treat the dip tube and gaskets and prolong their service lives.
Cons: Well the 16 gram powerlets are a bit hard to find and somewhat more expensive, but you can find ways around this with some internet searching. (one guy has found a way to use the more common 12 gram cylinders!)
Overall for me it is a superior way to Keg and Serve my homebrew without going all in on a commercial keg setup.
:^)May 20, 2018Purchased
6 months agolike system BUT? lower valve bung leaksI do like this system, the regulator on the CO2 system is nice, Tap has worked faultlessly. BUT, the lower tap has developed an leak around the bung that seals around the metal keg. POOP is there an fix for this out there somewhere?November 24, 2017Purchased
1 year agogood system once you figure it outIt took my about 3 kegs experimenting before I figured out the best method of dispensing and CO control. This system will keep your beer sealed and ready, but once you tap, you're lucky to get 2-3 days before it goes flat. Really great for a party, once you figure out the regulator. The instructions that come with the unit are not the greatest. Also, you need to make sure your carbonating sugar is the proper amount. With a five gallon batch I keg two and bottle the rest, so you need to add less sugar ,keg, then figure out how much additional sugar you need to bottle remaining gallons of beer. Search for mini keg on homebrewer sites for more info.February 28, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoFirst time keggingI bought this and kegged 5 gallons of Cherry Red Ale for the first time. Besides being way better than bottling 5 gallons this is a great little system. I primed a few bombers and three mini-kegs. Following the instructions I primed the bottles normally and reduced the amount for the keg. The bottles carbonated as usual but I found the keg to be a little flat. However, once the keg was under pressure for two days the beer became a little force carbonated and is much better. I used keg lube on the CO2 cartridge and have no leaks, as some people mentioned. Also, no foaming problems. Following directions, I poured the first beer without the cartridge and added the cartridge to pour the rest. I'm very pleased with the results.February 14, 2016I dont knowI have not tried it yet cant wait. I hope it works.December 31, 2015Works great for homebrewJust finished "tapping" my first keg of Homebrew. Worked great! IT was a little foamy at first, but is settling down. I have 6 of these Kegs, and may buy a few more.May 3, 2014Great Product - NO FOAM!!!This is a fantastic little kegging system, with that, there is a trick to getting rid of a SUPER foamy beer. After putting the tube into the rubber bung when tapping, allow the CO2 on the top of the keg to be released. Then tap with the CO2 cartridge. Beers will pour perfectly!!!!March 27, 2014Not for every day usePro:_x000D_1 - saves bottling time_x000D_2 - easy way to bring some beer to a group. _x000D_3 - No bottles needed_x000D_4 - no expensive and bulky CO2 tanks, just prime with 5 ounces of table sugar_x000D__x000D_Con:_x000D_1 - Slow_x000D_2 - needed to be consumed during that session, doesn't hold up well after a few hours_x000D_3 - can leak_x000D__x000D_March 19, 2014For parties onlyIts well suited to bringing beer to parties in quantity._x000D_If you plan on tapping and consuming the entire keg, it's effective._x000D_The problems can occur if you don't finish it off, and there is a slow leak. Thats happened to me a few times and is pretty annoying.January 29, 2014Tinker Toy System, Buyer Beware!I just tapped it for the first time and it way over-foams the beer on delivery even thought I was careful to make sure the knob was turned to low delivery on the CO2 and at a temp it wouldn't flare off as foam._x000D__x000D_I primarily bought this system to try out different aging periods on five gallon batches of more complex beer thinking that the CO2 charge might keep everything fresh longer once it's tapped, etc but I question whether or not you will get a good enough seal to keep it from oxidizing based on other on-line reviews of this system. If your intent is trying varying aging, I'd recommend bottling._x000D__x000D_If you are merely planning on these as a way to rack over some beer to take to parties that will be consumed in one sitting, I can see where this is handy with the gravity set up. _x000D__x000D_These come with the pour bungs already installed on the side, you need to get the vent bung for the top not the grey CO2 charger bung if you want to use it for a party dispenser. I'll post another review if I can get the foam under control, but I'm not optimistic that's going to happen. I did find that depressing the handle all the way helps with the foam issue some. I believe the issue is how narrow the delivery tube is to the glass, too much pressure and a large intake tube._x000D__x000D_Build quality is nice on this, I just don't think the overall value is that great.January 7, 2014
- Customer Q&A
Browse 6 questions Browse 6 questions and 25 answersWhy can't you force carbonate with the co2 cartirdge?BEST ANSWER: You can. I asked the same question so I decided to try it. It works but it may or may not be worth it to you in the end. Keg your beer flat without sugar. Next, tap your first keg, insert the CO2 cartridge, and open the valve wide open. I leave it that way for about five days and the beer is carbonated. Once it's carbonated you can shut your valve and just keep enough pressure on the keg to dispense the beer. You will use most of the first cartridge to pressurize the keg. I have found that I need a second CO2 cartridge about a 1/3 of the way through the keg. Two cartridges have been enough for one keg. You will have to go through the same process for each keg. Here's an idea. Keg three with priming sugar and one without. Force carb the first keg and start drinking after five days. By the time you finish the first keg (3-4 weeks for me), the other's should be naturally pressurized and will only require on cartridge and no five day wait. DanCan I just add my favorite beer to the keg and dispense using CO2? will it maintain carbonation for a day ?BEST ANSWER: Interesting idea. I’ve never tried that, but I imagine that would work. Keeping in mind that the CO2 cartridge is used to keep the beer under pressure not to carbonate it, so in theory what you are suggesting should work.How much priming sugar is used to carbonate?BEST ANSWER: just batch primeWhat is the best method for cleaning party star tap?BEST ANSWER: To clean the tap itself, I run it under hot water and hold the tap open so clean water flows through it. Disassemble it and then I soak the parts in PBW for an hour, rinse. Air dry. The kegs, I fill and rinse with warm water, Then fill with water and appropriate amount of PBW, let sit for an hour, rinse and air dry for a few days upside down. Do this when your beer is gone, don't let it sit and dry out with beer residue in kegThe description says these kegs will need to be replaced after 6-8 uses. Do you mean the seals need to be replaced or the whole keg?
keithBEST ANSWER: Keith,
The kegs do need to be replaced not just the seals. Thanks!How tall is a keg with the tap installed on it? Can I store it on its side in the fridge and pull it out/upright to dispense without problems?BEST ANSWER: It'd be about 14-15 inches tall with the tap in place. You'd want to store it upright, that way the sediment will be on the bottom, and it would not get swirled into the beer when moving it around. It would be best always stored upright when full of beer!