DIY Homebrew Beer Keg Alternative

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DIY Homebrew Beer Keg Alternative
Keg systems simplify bottling for homebrewers, but are expensive. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Since 1979, the IRS has not required American home brewers to report or pay taxes on up to 500 gallons of beer each year. Many home brewers enjoy sharing their home-made beers with friends, family and other home brewers. Since each five-gallon batch of beer produces approximately 142,307ml.bottles, high volume brewers look for more convenient ways to carbonate and serve their beers, such as Cornelius kegs. Kegging systems can cost hundreds of dollars to start and maintain, while do-it-yourself alternatives can cost fewer than ten dollars to build.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Find and clean a three-liter soda bottle. Use two-liter bottles if you cannot find any three-liter bottles. Keep the bottle caps with each bottle.

  2. 2

    Drill through a #2 stopper to allow a length of racking cane to pass through. Drill the same size hole through the centre of the bottle cap.

  3. 3

    Attach a siphon cap to the end of the racking cane. Thread the free end of the cane through the stopper and the bottle cap so that the stopper rests with the narrow end against the cap.

  4. 4

    Attach a length of standard sized (3/8 inch inner-diameter) vinyl tubing to the end of the racking cane that comes out from the bottle cap. Clamp the vinyl tubing with a hose clamp. Leave enough tubing so that the opening comes lower than the end of the cane with the siphon cap.

  5. 5

    Prime the bottle with the amount of sugar appropriate for your recipe and desired carbonation. Increase the amount of sugar in subsequent bottles for more carbonation or decrease the amount for less carbonation.

  6. 6

    Fill the home made keg with your home brew when it's ready for bottling. Screw the bottle cap down tightly and allow the brew to carbonate. Serve by opening the hose clamp. Unscrew the cap slightly to increase bottle pressure. Consume all beer within a few days for optimum taste.

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