There have been several requests for information on the Party Pig lately.
I have produced the following mini-FAQ to address that need. I'd like to
state that I am in no way affiliated with Quoin Industrial Inc., and have
no personal intrest in that company's performance.
October 28, 1996, email@example.com
PARTY PIG MINI-FAQ
- Q: What is the Party Pig?
A: The Party Pig is a low-volume "kegging" system for home brewing. It
consists of a 2.25 gallon amber plastic bottle, a dispensing assembly,
attachment hardware, carrying sling, and pressure pack. It is manufactured
by Quoin, 401 Violet St., Golden, CO, 80401.
Q: How does it work?
A: Beer and primings are racked into the Pig. A pressure pack is inserted.
The dispensing assembly is inserted. An external source of pressure is
attached to the dispensing spout (this can be a CO2 tank, or a handheld
bulb pump, which is available from the manufacturer). The pressure
activates the pressure-pack, which contains citric acid and sodium
bicarbonate. The pressure pack begins to inflate, keeping the beer under a
constant 15-20 PSI. Air is bled off, and Pig and contents are left to
condition. As the beer is dispensed, the pressure pack continues to
inflate, maintaing pressure on the beer.
Q: Yeah, but *how does it work*?
A: Pretty well, but not perfectly. It dispenses very slowly, making it
hard to develop a good head. It also tends to be undercarbonated, though
this may be a normal level of carbonation for cask-conditioned beer. (This
is with the maximum amount of priming sugar recommended by the
manufacturer). It does stay consistantly fresh tasting and carbonated
throughout the entire batch. It has a tendency to dribble, which I deal
with by putting a sponge under the spout. It can be kind of tough to get
the mounting hardware into place without someone to help, but it's a *lot*
less work than bottling.
Q: How does it compare to other kegging systems?
A: It's a lot less expensive than a Corneilius keg system. Other than
that, I don't know. I don't use another system.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: As of August 20, 1996, ordering direct from the manufacturer $64.75
would buy you a Party Pig kit, a bottle filling support, an activation
pump, and three extra pressure pouches (the pig comes with 2). The Party
Pig kit itself, which includes bottle, carrying sling, hardware, and two
pressure pouches, costs $38.00.
Q: Where can I get them?
A: Many homebrew shops carry them. Call your local dealer to find out.
Also, you can contact the manufacturer at the address above, or at (303)
If you have additional information on the Party Pig, send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and it will be
incorporated into future versions
of this FAQ.