I actually learned about the Miller Lite Home Draft system a few months ago ( a Coors Light version is also available). I thought that it was a very unique idea that would be perfect for parties. This weekend provided the perfect test for such a system when the New Orleans Saints visited the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC WIldcard game.
I purchased the Home Draft system at a local department store for just under twenty bucks. It comes contained in a cardboard box plastered with the Miller LIte logo much like every other package of Miller LIte does. The top of the package is open and allows you to see the actual round container holding the beer. The container holds 5.7 liters of beer.
When I got the system home, I opened the end of the container that contained the spigot. I then slid the unit into my fridge. It took up about one-third of the shelf that I placed it on. After just a little amount of time, the "Ready To Pour" logo on the bottle turned blue much like the mountains on a Coors Lite bottle do when the beer is cold enough to drink per the company's standards.
Four simple steps start the flow of beer. First of all, you must pull a tab off of the included CO2 Cartridge. Next, you twist the cartridge until the arrows on it line up. The third step is to lower a lock on the spigot that can be replaced to prevent any accidental pouring or spilling. Finally, you slide your favorite mug or pilsner glass up to the spigot and pour.
The first few pourings produced a very thick head on the beer even though I tried many different angles on the pour. I believe that this excessive head was the result of the extremely high pressure of the CO2 cartridge. As the evening wore on, the head began to get smaller.
The flavor of the beer was good enough for me. If you enjoy draft beer, you won't have a problem sipping on this home draft. It held up through the entire game and well into the late evening.
On the next day, I decided to give the draft another try. Almost immediately I noticed that the head of the beer was almost nonexistent. The beer was also showing telltale signs of going flat. Luckily for me, most of the beer was consumed the night before, so I don't see it as much of a loss. The only problem I find is that Miller Lite guarantees that the beer will remain fresh for thirty days after the first pour. With it already weakening over a twenty four hour period, I highly doubt that the brew will make it over an entire month.
It is suggested that you leave the bottle in the cardboard container, which I did, but on the second day my curiosity got to me and I opened the package all the way and found that the amber colored plastic bottle sat just fine in my fridge without the carton. This saves both space and, at least in my opinion, helps the beer stay colder.
Overall, the Miller Lite Home Draft system is a very useful mini-keg for home parties, cookouts, and a casual evening at home. While you can drink on it for a few days, I probably wouldn't stretch it past two weeks.
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Kendall Fontenot (kfontenot)
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