Becks perfect draft mini keg

Becks mini beer keg, 5 liter party keg and 6 liter perfect draft keg.

Becks offers mini beer kegs in party and Perfect draft format. Those barrels are 5 liter unpressurized keg and 6 liter pressurized keg respectively. These formats are the ones in which InBev business group breweries offers their beers in kegs.

Being an unpressurized keg, the party keg operates by gravity, therefore it has a spigot at the bottom of the keg and an air inlet in the upper size. Beer arises from the lower spigot and therefore the keg doesn’t need any external tap or tool.

Becks mini keg

Perfect Draft kegs are pressurized beer kegs, this means that they include a pressurized CO2 tank that allows the beer to arise through a valve at the top. This pressurization allows the barrel to be connected to a beer tap with the appropriate connector (Compatible with Perfect Draft kegs).

Becks perfect draft mini keg

If you want to know more about the differences between pressurized and non-pressurized kegs please visit this link. To learn more about the types of kegs on the market (Beertender, Perfect Draft and party) please visit this other link.

Becks Premium Lager is a German beer of widespread consumption nationwide. The beer is also widely consumed worldwide, being, in fact, the German beer most consumed worldwide. Its main consuming countries are the UK, USA, Italy, Australia, Ukraine, Romania and Russia.

There is a large controversy regarding the quality and taste of this, it seems that the Becks beer is sold in different countries having been produced in different breweries using different recipes to suit local tastes.

In fact Becks has lost a trial in the United States for which he had to pay $ 50 to all Beck’s consumers that had a proof of purchase because the labeling of beer was misleading and seemed to offer a German beer when in fact the beer was produced in the United States in the same brewers than Bud beer.

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Leffe mini beer kegs

Leffe 6 liter mini beer kegs

Leffe offers its selection of mini beer kegs in the 6 liter pressurized format.

Leffe mini beer kegs

These 6 liter kegs follows the “perfect draft” standard, which means they have a valve at the top for the output of beer and therefore you will need a beer tap with a compatible connector to operate it.

Perfect darft kegs are pressurized kegs, which means they do not need an injection of external gas for it to work.

If you want to know more about the types of barrels you can read this article.

Leffe offers a wide range of beers types in mini keg format. This range includes the Leffe Blond, Leffe Bruin and Leffe Ruby. All of them are abbey style beer.

Leffe Blond variety beer is a Belgian pale ale beer, it has a soft golden color and introduces hints of vanilla and cloves aromas, this beer tastes as expected for a typical abbey beer. It reaches an alcohol content of 6.6 degrees.

On the other hand, Leffe Bruin, has only 6.5 degrees of alcohol content and is a dark Belgian ale. It has a deep brown color and has the slightly caramelized taste of traditional Belgian abbey beer. This beer has aromas of spice and caramel mainly.

Even though alcohol graduation is slightly lower than Leffe Blond, Leffe Bruin beer is denser in the mouth so apparently it is heavier that his blond sister. This means that Leffe Blond is usually easier to drink specially for people not used to strong tasting beers.

Finally Leffe Ruby variety is a gamble for Leffe brand. This beer is macerated with berries in order to achieve an elegant beer suited for special occasions. The obtained beer is quite sweet and of amber color, logically, the dominant aromas and tastes for these beer are those typical of berries. The beer has a graduation of 5 degrees, which makes it the lowest alcohol graduation for Leffe mini keg beer selection.

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Affligem mini beer keg

Affligem mini beer keg

Affligem mini beer keg is offered in 5 liter pressurized format, this format is known as beertender and is the format in which the Heineken mini beer kegs are offered.

Affligem mini beer keg

This means that the keg is equipped with a valve on top of the barrel to be connected to a beer tap with the appropriate connector. The beer will then raise to the dispenser due to the pressure of the pressurized gas.

If you want to read more about keg and cask barrel types you can follow this link.

Affligen mainly sells three types of beer: blonde, double, or triple. They are all abbey beer following Belgian quality standards.

At present days this type of beer is produced in industrial facilities outside of abbeys, however, according to Belgian law, brewers who want to make an abbey type beer must follow strict manufacturing standards. Also if they want to use a monastery name as brand for their beer, they must license the use of the beer recipe of the monastery and pay royalties the right to use it.

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Inside of a beer keg

How kegs work

In beerminikeg.com first article we wrote about the differences between a keg and a cask.

In this article we will see how they work and what are they made of.

During kegs manufacturing process, the factory melts a particular steel, copper, nickel and manganese alloy which ensures to leave a smooth joint so there are no gaps in which bacteria could shelter and spoil the beer.

The result is an incredibly resistant keg capable of enduring the pressure of the inside fluid without busting, and resist the blows it will receive during the transportation to its destination.

Kegs of more than 5 liters are all reusable, which means that are returned to the brewery for refilling. The 5 liter mini keg is recyclable and it’s usually never returned back for refilling.

Barrels of beer must be sealed or oxygen could penetrate inside which would mean that beer would be spoiled within days. But since the beer must go out somehow, all pressurized barrels are equipped with a valve at the top that allows fluid to go out. This valve is connected to a tube called spear that almost reach the bottom of the keg, the spear is going to be used by the beer for raising to the valve.

Inside of a beer keg

In the other hand casks come equipped with a spigot at the bottom and an oxygen inlet at the top (if they operate by gravity) or an outlet for beer and a valve for pumping air (if they operate by air pressure).

For more information about Cask and Keg barrels types please visit this link.

Keg barrels type use CO2 or N2 as gas, the reason is that the CO2 gas is the same gas that beer naturally produce and it’s the gas that generates the bubbles and foam so inserting CO2 into the barrel does not harm the flavor or smell of the beer. Nitrogen is also near neutral so it usually doesn`t introduce any strange taste or flavor in beer.

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Franziskaner 5 and 6 liter kegs

5 and 6 liter Fraziskaner mini beer kegs

Franziskaner offers their mini beer kegs in two different formats, on one hand we have the unpressurized 5-liter Franziskaner keg, following party keg format, and in the other we have the pressurized 6-liter keg, following perfect draft format.

Franziskaner 5 and 6 liter kegs

As usual in unpressurized type of kegs, this keg has a spout at the bottom for the beer to come out naturally by gravity force. The pressurized version has a valve in the upper side that should be connected to a beer tap with the appropriate connector for the beer to come out.

To learn more about the difference between pressurized and unpressurized kegs (or casks) you can read this article.

The Franziskaner beer is easy to find in most European pubs, the most common format in this kind of establishments is the bottle format. You will recorgnize it by the Franciscan monk who appears on the label.

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Heineken Keg

Heineken mini beer keg

Today we start beerminikeg.com reviews of mini beer kegs with the Heineken 5 liter pressurized keg, this keg format is known as beertender format.

Heineken beer keg

The reason we start with the Heineken keg is that is the first keg I bought, and therefore the one that introduced me to the wonderful world of beer kegs. We can say that it has the honor of being the responsive of this blog existence.

Heineken is a Dutch beer brand that claims to be producing beer according to the same recipe since 1873. The recipe was created by Gerard Heineken and nowadays is one of the European beer icons.

This beer is lager type, which means it is a smooth and very easy to drink beer which should be served very cold. It’s the kind of beer served in bars in southern countries of Europe.

From a taste point of view, the Heineken beer is a limpid lager with very low turbidity. In the nose you can find herbal touches while in mouth you will find mild hop flavor with a slight bitterness at the end.

Heineken offers the beer in a 5 liter pressurized keg. This means that a barrel contains air to the beer to come out from the upper valve. This is the type of barrels normally found in pubs. To learn more about the barrels pressurized and unpressurized type you can read this article.

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Keg and cask beer barrels

In English we have two terms to refer to the two types of barrels we can find in the market: “Keg” and “Cask”. Depending on the type of barrel we operate, we need a different pump, in the image below the pumps in the middle are for cask type barrels while side ones operate Keg type barrels.

Keg and Cask beer shooters in a pub.

A keg is a barrel that operates by injecting pressurized gas.

In the other hand Cask type barrels doesn’t have injected gas and therefore it is necessary to exert pressure on the liquid to reach the beer shooter. This type of beer barrels can be found in some British pubs (the only place I’ve seen them) and, unlike the Keg barrel type, they need some kind of lever for the barman to serve the beer by manual injecting air.

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