Jacked-Up™ Nitro Cold Brew Keg System

$229.99

SKU# 41849

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Introducing the first system that gives you cutting-edge cold-brewed coffee on nitro—in the convenience of your own home. Transform every sensory experience of drinking coffee, as baristas and coffee aficionados are doing all over the country.

Our exclusive high-pressure compact regulators have been purpose-built to withstand the pressure necessary to properly dispense nitro-charged beverages. Nowhere else can you achieve the dispensing power of a nitro tap system anywhere close to this price or with this small of a footprint.
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Jacked-Up™ Nitro Cold Brew Keg System

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Introducing the first system that gives you cutting-edge cold-brewed coffee on nitro—in the convenience of your own home. Transform every sensory experience of drinking coffee, as baristas and coffee aficionados are doing all over the country. Cold press on nitro looks cooler, smells deeper, tastes smoother and feels creamier. Serve it from a keg just like the best english stouts. Nitrogen cascades down the sides of your favorite glass, leaving you with velvety coffee capped with an unbelievably smooth, fluffy crema head. Cold brew on nitro is a whole new coffee drinking experience.

Kit Includes:
  • Cannonball® 1.75 Gallon Mini-Keg
  • Nitro Snap Tap™
  • Nitrogen Cartridge & Regulator
  • Complete Instructions

When you serve cold press on nitro, it not only tastes better, it extends the shelf life of your cold brew to at least two weeks, and sometimes up to a month! The Nitro Snap Tap™ is easy to use for sharing-friendly serving, and the Cannonball® is ultra-portable, so you can serve cutting-edge cold brew in your kitchen, the office, or even on a picnic! Brew your own cold press or use your favorite concentrate, store it in your fridge and keep the caffeine comin’.
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How much coffee do i use per batch?
How much of the supplied coffee should I grind up for one batch? Do I use the whole bag or just a portion? I like my coffee brewed strong. I have also made toddy coffee multiple times so I am familiar with the flavor profile of such. Thus far the product looks good. Nice strong stout faucet that I will use for stout beers in my keezer as well. Everything seems to be in place and Northern Brewer's customer service has always been stellar and I know they will fix it if there's a problem!
December 15, 2015
Re-review
This is an update of my previous review. After a bit of struggle and two rounds of calls to Northern Brewer customer service, the system seems to be functioning more-or-less appropriately. The two problems I highlighted in my earlier review were: 1) Insufficient maximum pressure (~24 psi), and 2) a leaky faucet. The resolutions of each of these problems are as follows:1) The maximum psi is still ~24 psi with the new regulator. This indicates strongly that the instructions (included with the system) need to be re-written to indicate this, as they suggest 30 psi. For the record, even at a slightly lower pressure, the coffee still comes out with a nice crema and the cascading bubbles effect. 2) The stout faucet was fine for a couple of days after I tightened the connection between it and the liquid disconnect (FYI: I screwed it tighter than I thought I needed to, which seems to have worked) then this morning began to leak after I pulled some coffee. I called customer service and was advised to take the faucet apart and inspect it, and then re-assemble it tightly. I did so, and discovered that the top portion of the faucet (where it screws into the outlet portion) was just barely loose. Tightening it up by hand seemed to have worked. I am sure I will have to keep an eye on it, as I suspect that simply pulling the handle may loosen it and cause the dripping.TL;DR version: I had to tinker with it more than I thought, and either the instructions or the regulators need to be updated, but with it working I am pleased with my purchase.
November 16, 2015
Good idea, quality of components varies
I bought this set-up due to geography. I had some nitro-brew and loved it but nearest place to get it to my home is almost 40 minutes away. So, I thought this may be the way to go. I do have some buyer's remorse. The system itself works (sort-of). The keg is quality. The components are hit and miss, with the regulator not working correctly. I lost most of nitro cartridge on first assembly and had to start over (an $18 snafu). Combined with the 'process' of making the brew and the amount you get in the end, and the quality of the final product (a little bit thin feeling), I'd skip it now and probably wouldn't recommend. You can buy cans of this stuff at a major online retailer at a cost of around $4.37/can, and I suspect that it won't be long before this stuff is available everywhere, so unless you have a real desire to craft your own, just wait until you can pick it up at the grocery store.
October 5, 2016
So far, a few problems. Hoping for a fix.
I received this system early last week. It looks great out of the box and only took a few minutes to put together. I filled the keg with coffee, sealed it up (used a tiny bit of keg lube on the large O-ring), and cranked up the nitrogen regulator. The first problem was immediately obvious: Though the instructions tell me to set it to 30 psi, even opening the regulator fully only brings the psi to about 24. I sprayed the joints with Starsan to see if I could find any small leaks, but the system appeared to hold pressure. Over several days, the pressure held steady, indicating to me that the gas regulator must be faulty. I called NB customer service and they agreed to send a replacement regulator and cartridge (excellent customer service, by the way). That is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.The other problem, and one that I am hoping is related to the regulator - the stout faucet drips. Slowly, but continuously. I came home after work the other day to find a puddle of coffee at the bottom of my fridge. I have continued to pour coffee each morning over the last week without any problem, but between pulls I have had to put a large jar under the faucet to catch the dripping coffee. I estimate that I've lost at least one full pint of coffee over the last four days due to this drip. I am hopeful that, somehow, this is due to the regulator (perhaps the keg is in fact over-pressurized, even though it only reads 24 psi). This seems unlikely to me, but the only other explanation is that I was sent both a faulty regulator and a faulty faucet, which seems incredibly unlikely as well. I might end up having to get back on the phone with NB customer service...If the system gets fixed, I will update or re-review to indicate a higher score. This has a lot of potential as a useful and fun little system, but unfortunately has been a bigger headache than anything else over this first week.
November 9, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
Thanks for the review! The faucet could be an under tightened shank locking nut between the disconnect and the faucet. Use a wrench to ensure it is tight. If you take the faucet off there should be a washer in there as well. I would find out if the keg is over pressurized and if everything is in place and in good shape and tightened it could some part is faulty there as well. We're happy to help either way so let us know! Cheers! James J.
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer N
Cool product but it has problems.
I am having similar problems to the person who reviewed the product last month (11/09/2015). 1. Max psi is in the low 20's. 2. The nozzle leaks continuously. It leaks at a rate of about a drop per minute or so. I'm forced to twist the nozzle up side down in order to stop the leaking. 3. The nitrogen cartridge only lasts for one use. Considering that it costs $19.99 + shipping to replace it's a deal breaker. The first two problems are manageable but the third is a big and expensive issue. I'm considering 1) returning the system or 2) getting a co2 setup to use the keg for something else.
December 13, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
Thanks for the review! If the faucet is leaking continuously we could try replacing it. Let us know! Cheers!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer N
Jacked up cold brew system
Thumbs down. Never gets enough nitro into the coffee. Good idea not enough psi.
June 27, 2016
Q&A
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How many psi is the mini keg rated at? Can I use a large N7 tank with a ball connector to pressurize it without having to use the N7 cartridge?
N E on Aug 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The PSI should not exceed 60 PSI. The keg is compatable with ball lock disconnects so you can feed other sources of gas into it as well.
The instructions that came with the kit and the PDF on the website suggest infusing with the nitrogen at 20 to 25 psi at what pressure should I be serving? There is no mention of serving pressure that I can find.
Pete on Aug 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: about the same pressure; if your using this for beer. Carbonate the beer first; either naturally or with CO2 and then use nitro for dispensing beer. Nitro will not mix with the beer, it essentially provides the higher pressure force to push the beer through the tiny holes within the stout faucet. This cause the C02 to break down into smaller bubbles; thus giving the lovely cascading effect. You can also get the same cascade effect using CO2 at higher pressure with a stout faucet. Nitro gas by nature provides a much more cooling and creaming effect to the beer.
How much coffe will I be able to pour with one N2O charge? Thanks!
P A on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The exact amount will vary with use, but one cartridge is generally sufficient for at least one keg-worth.
If one cartridge can push two tanks and low PSI how do I turn off the nitrogen to open the tank to refill with coffee. When I turn the regulator back to "off" position. All the nitro seems to leak out of both the keg and cartridge.
T D on Feb 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would like to hear an answer for this as well. I had the same issue yesterday. I turned the regulator towards the "off" position and the gas started leaking out.
So, why is this targeted at caffeine? Is this not appropriate for Stout beers?
B U on Nov 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting us with the question. It does work for stout beers just fine! Feel free to incorporate the keg system part into your serving set up if it is right for you! Let us know if we can help further! Cheers! James J.
Can you get CO2 for the regulator in this set up? id love to be able to use it for beer as well
M I on Nov 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This regulator works with 74 gram CO2 cartridges. We sell them in 2 packs for 19.99 (8083) but they are not on the website.
This looks great! How many 1.75 gallon batches can be dispensed with the nitro cartridge before it needs to be replaced?
R O on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If used just for dispensing the cartridge will last for 2 batches.
How do you justify charging $20 a piece for the Nitro cartridges when a package of 24 Nitro Cartridges sell for $13.99? https://www.amazon.com/Whip-Nitro-Cream-Chargers-Pack/dp/B004AQ9178/ref=pd_lutyp_simh_1_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=41FD04AFZKMG8HYEYEAS
david a on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Those are quite different. The ones we sell are threaded, 18 gram pure Nitrogen cartridges for use on a Nitrogen regulator; those on Amazon and elsewhere are unthreaded 8 gram cartridges of Nitrous Oxide ( N2O ) for making whipped cream, which are made to use on unregulated dispensers. The pure Nitrogen cartridges are a bit spendy, but that is what they are going for, if a person checks around on the web. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I have read many of the reviews and there seems to be many problems with these units, have these concerns been addressed and fixed?
Randy on Jun 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Randy,

Thank you for your question. The 2 issues that I can see in the reviews should not cause any more problems.

Cheers!

Jules
After the keg has sat for awhile (overnight), should I shake it again before pouring?
M A on Mar 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Shaking the keg after the initial nitrogen infusion is not be needed.
I received my 2nd nitro min regulator and seems to be the same issue, when turning the gas off, the keg depressurizes, so this leads me to believe it does not operate like a normal regulator that you can turn off to save gas. The screw is all the way in, or should the screw be backed off to depressurize (like in a regular regulator) thus allowing the gas to be turned off without leaking? just doesn't seem right. seems some updated instructions are needed to keep folks from having this problem as I see others mentioning the same thing. burned through too many cartridges trying to get this right. shouldn't have to leave the gas on the entire time, but only when dispensing, no?
B R on Dec 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Brian,

I'm sorry the nitro system was giving you troubles. If you'd like, we can send out a replacement regulator.
Which regulator model is included with this?
J E on Dec 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is our part number 41838 "Mini Gas Regulator". Cheers,

Gabe from NB
When I set my regulator back to off after I have pressurized my keg it seems to be leaking out of the back of the regulator. Is this normal?
C O on Nov 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We have a few tips that can help:

Make sure that the brass nut is tightened properly into the side of your regulator and that your ball lock disconnect is tightened into the brass nut.

Turn your regulator up and let the pressure settle. Do not turn the regulator back down to off. Simply leave the regulator at the setting that achieves the pressure you desire.

If you turn the regulator off it will bleed the internal pressure of the system back down to 0 PSI.

Cheers

Todd J @ NorthernBrewer.com
If I purchase this kit and then later want to swap out to a regular sized nitrogen tank can I keep using the small tank with a different regulator (it was already stated this regulator won't work with the larger tank. I am thinking of starting with this smaller tank and then upgrading later if it works well, but didn't want to be out the cost of the tank (at a minimum) since its the perfect size for test batches of cold-brew/not committing to a full 5 gallons of cold-brew at once.
M A on Nov 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hey Randy

If I understand correctly

you want to eventually hook up this nitro keg system: http://www.northernbrewer.com/nitro-keg-system to the Jacked Up Nitro kit. Is this correct

If so

that will work!
Is the included tap the same as sold elsewhere on NB? (SKU# K079)
E R on Nov 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hey Eric

The tap for the Jacked UP Nitro kit is the same as the stout tap sold individually. http://www.northernbrewer.com/stout-faucet-stainless-steel-lever
It looks like I am losing pressure on my regulator but I can't find any leaks and the nitrogen tank isn't draining. Why am I losing pressure?
C O on Nov 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The best way to find a leak is spraying any connections or seals with soapy water. Here are a couple of troubleshooting thoughts:

The brass nut connecting the regulator to the disconnect may have been loosened when unscrewing your disconnect at some point. Please make sure that is tightly attached to the regulator.

The fact that you are not losing Nitrogen indicates it is more likely that the drop in pressure is due to your coffee absorbing nitrogen or your cold press being chilled. Over time both of these things will settle in and your system will reach equilibrium. After that happens your regulator readout should be constant.

Our customer service team is happy to help troubleshoot any other issues. You can find us on chat/email/phone 7 days a week.

Cheers! Todd J @ NorthernBrewer.com
If you filled the cannonball with beer carbonated with CO2, will it serve as a standard nitro tap and provided the silky smoothness and cascade? Or will it over carbonate at that point? Could this be a reasonable (sort of) entree into serving with nitro without the entire set up?
J O on Nov 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the inquiry. The keg set up will work for beer. You want to carbonate with CO2 and dispense with nitrogen - its the same approach as you would use for a full 5 gallon set up and get the desired result of the cascade. You want to not over carbonate with CO2 and then the nitrogen is just to dispense. The mini gas regulator that comes in this kit will work with the nitrogen tanks and also with 74 gram CO2 cartridges. For serving the nitrogen tanks work for dispensing two full mini kegs or you can nitrogenate/carbonate and then serve but one tank will just barely do one full keg.
Is the entire keg of cold brew "pre-charged" with nitrogen, or it N2 added to the cold brew as its served. Said otherwise, is the keg of cold brew is "flat" until you start pouring, at which point the Nitrogen is added in for one glass at a time?
D S on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can use the nitrogen the cartridge to carbonate the coffee first and then serve to get a nice cascading affect in your glass. Or it can be used to push flat coffee into your glass without pre-charging the keg.
What's the estimated lifespan on one of those nitro cartridges? Or, how many 1.75 kegs will a single Nitro cartridge dispense?
Andy A on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: One nitrogen cartridge will carbonate and dispense at least one full keg.
Will the regulator work with full sized nitrogen (beer gas) tanks? Also, is there a pressure gauge on it? We can't see in the photo.
Ben S on Oct 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is indeed a pressure gauge on the regulator. It is adjustable pressure. The regulator will not work with a larger tank. Cheers

Todd J
Can this be used to dispense beer and will you sell the regulator and tap separate for people that may already have a cannonball keg.
stan g on Oct 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can use it to dispense beer. Nitrogenated beers are typically served with a Nitrogen/CO2 blend called beer gas. The cylinder in this system is just nitrogen. That may result in your carbonation level changing slightly if it takes you a while to go through the keg. As of this writing we do not have all of the separate components live on the website. We may be able to sell you something over the phone

however.

Cheers

Gabe from NB
Now that the Cannonball kegs are back in stock, do you have any idea when this system will be offered again?
S A on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We are waiting on the gas regulator which are set to arrive on the 16th so it should be available over the weekend!
Can you run a tank with regulator to the jacked up nitro cold brew system? Instead of cartridges?
B R on Oct 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Tim

Yes

you can remove the gas ball lock connector that comes with the kit and attach whatever gas connector and regulator you choose.
When will you have the jacked up nitro cold brew keg set up in stock
B R on Oct 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We're expecting our next shipment of Cannonball Mini-Kegs to arrive late next week so it should be back in stock around that time. If you add the product to your Brew List you'll receive a notification as soon as it is back in stock. Cheers!
When is this expected to be back in stock, if it's on my brew list will I get en email when it's available?
S H on Oct 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello

It looks like there's one component that we are out of that is estimated for arrival next week. It should be back up online when we receive more

but you can always email us at brewmaster@northernbrewer.com or call us at 1-800-681-2739 for the most up to date stock information.

Cheers

Gabe
RE: SKU 41849. Does on one those small Nitrogen cartridges carbonated the 1.75 gallon cannon ball. Also, hoe much are the re fills. I did not see them in the catalog.
ferfer2@mac.com on Sep 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You do not need to carbonate the coffee prior to serving

just serve right on the nitro. We do stock and sell replacement nitrogen cartridges

but they are not yet up on the website. Until that time

you can call us to place an order for one

they cost $19.99

just ask for part number 41762.
Will you be selling the nitro spout and snap tap separately I already have the keg?
S H on Sep 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They should be available for individual purchase. The regulator is 69.99 and the cartridges will retail at around $19 a cartridge. Should be alter this month or next month.

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