I embarked on a bit of an experiment- to create a functional kombucha "keg" for Wickerman.
The idea was simple. I needed a way to transport and dispense a large amount of kombucha at a camping event. That means no actual refrigeration. The trick is keeping fermentation and carbonation at the same pace as draw-off, and figuring out what to do if it doesn't work perfectly. Well that, and making sure the lid doesn't blow off from too much pressure.
Creating the keg was actually surprisingly easy. One heavy duty five-gallon bucket, a screw-top lid, a spigot attachment, some hose, and a "beer gun" nozzle. For transportation and refrigeration, I rigged up a sort of "mini-fridge" out of a white Styrofoam cooler. We'll know in approximately 3 weeks if this thing is a success. And by success I mean keeps the booch at the right carbonation level & temperature, and dispenses properly.
I have to admit, it was kind of exciting doing a 5 GALLON recipe of kombucha. If it works, I think I'll get my Wild Man hooked up with a keg so he can start brewing his own. For as much as he drinks, he may very well need his own keg.
My mind is wandering to other possibilities now, of what other delicious beverages I could dispense. Hard cider? Knotweed wine even? Or just a crap-ton of kombucha.
Pictures and updates to come. If the weather stays hot, it'll be sooner rather than later.
Wish me luck!