I have been keen on moving from bottles to use kegs in my amateur home brews. Due to a lack of space and because I just like the size and mobility of the smaller kegs I'd like to try to use multiple mini kegs of about 5L size for a 20L+ brew.
I read about a trick for how to force carbonate the beer in mini kegs using sodastream bottles which seemed to make for a pretty convenient process.
I have also been reading about pressurized fermentation directly in the keg as a way to remove the carbonation step from the process which seems beneficial to me.
Unfortunately I have not been able to find any good sources on if this is feasible or not. I'm assuming that a mini keg can take the pressure, considering it can be force carbonated, although it would probably need a pressure release valve so it can be kept under a certain pressure (2-3 bar?).
I'm thinking it would mean a process similar to this:
- Brew wort.
- Cool wort.
- Fill mini kegs with wort, aerate and pitch each keg with yeast.
- Fit kegs with pressure release valves set to a certain bar (and perhaps adjust over time?).
- Let it ferment and carbonate for 2 weeks.
- Tap the keg through a filter into glass and cheers!
I think the http://www.williamswarn.com/ uses a similar process, but in a smart little machine with built in boiler.
Would this process be even possible and what pitfalls have I not considered?