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    Recently "mini kegs" seem to have become more popular with the marketing people of various beer companies. There have always been mini kegs of the higher end beers but the "regular joe" beers didnt seem to follow this trend.
    I like beer. I try every type, style, flavor beer I can find, so naturally when these started coming out I was intrigued.

    The first one I bought was a Heineken. I dont like beers that come in Green bottles as a general rule since I havent had very good luck with them. They just dont taste right to me. However, this seemed to make a difference in the taste of the beer. I even had another person who feels the same as I do about green bottled beer try it and he reached the same conclusion I did.
    It was easy to tap, easy to pour, and the first cup had very little foam in it. (If youre not familiar with kegging then the first cup or two from a newly tapped keg contain mostly foam) It comes in and aluminum keg and this may make the difference.

    I have purchased a second one since and found that it was as satisfactory as the first.



    The second one I tried is a Miller Lite Mini Keg. Now for sitting around getting drunk, this isnt a bad beer from the bottle or can. I have had a lot of them and like the taste overall.
    I purchased one this past weekend and followed the directions on the box perfectly. The first cup was all foam. The second cup was about 50/50. The third was perfect.
    I also noticed a difference in the taste of this beer vs the bottled/canned kind. It was terrible. The beer had a wicked bite to it, like there was too much CO2 in the bottle. I even tried letting in breathe some before drinking, but that didnt help. I got a second opinion and they concurred with my findings.
    This mini keg is a plastic container. I have had plastic bottled beer before and didnt seem to notice a difference in the taste so I dont htink its a matter of the bottling material. I will purchase a second one to see if it was just this particular keg.




    Coors Lite has one out too. I will be trying that in the next few weeks.

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    Ignore the Asian writing on this:

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    I've got one full of Newcastle. Its pretty sweet because I hate Newcastle in a bottle but like it on tap. It tastes just like on tap. Too bad it doesn't come with better beers in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShark
    I've got one full of Newcastle. Its pretty sweet because I hate Newcastle in a bottle but like it on tap. It tastes just like on tap. Too bad it doesn't come with better beers in it.
    Clear bottles ruin beer. I don't know why people use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikki Longlegs
    Clear bottles ruin beer. I don't know why people use them.
    Because there's marketing value in clear and green bottles. Most beer uses a hops extract that doesn't break down in light anyway.

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    Call me old school but I think using hop extracts is weak. Granted more and more "respectable" brewers are using them (e.g. Lagunitas) but when I brew beer I use whole hop flowers whenever possible.
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    ^ wouldn't know the difference if no one told him

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    never been a fan of the mini kegs, tastes like it's out of a can. I prefer bottles, even if they be green.

    I don't see light being a major issue unless they have been in the store long enough to be dusty.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MEGA JESUS-SAMA
    Because there's marketing value in clear and green bottles. Most shitty beer uses a hops extract that doesn't break down in light anyway.
    Many mass produced beers do this, and many other brewers do use some hop extract, but not all hop extract is immune to skunking. Only the really crappy kind. I think SABMiller uses a hop extract that is immune to skunking, for instance.

    The major culprits of skunking are Isohumulones, which are broken down by simple exposure to light. The decomposion of Isohumulone creates byproducts that end up being catalyzed to form a byproduct (I forget what it is) that has sulfur in it. Anyway, Isohumulones are unfortunately the major bitter tasting component in hops, and the International Bitterness Unit scale is based upon Isohumulone concentration (I think 1PPM = 1IBU), so no self-respecting brewer gets rid of them.

    At any rate, it doesn't really matter that much, as Heineken, Beck's, Stella, and other green glass Euro Lagers taste terrible no matter what they're poured out of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robot Jesus
    never been a fan of the mini kegs, tastes like it's out of a can. I prefer bottles, even if they be green.

    I don't see light being a major issue unless they have been in the store long enough to be dusty.
    Unless the beer is imported from somewhere else by people who don't really give a shit how they treat it because people will buy it anyway.
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