Kegging HomeBrew?

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I have three 5 liter kegs with bungs.
What do I do next?  Do I just add the priming sugar as I would if I were
bottling then transfer to the kegs instead?  After I let it carbonate and
age, how do I pressurize the keg?



Basically, I am just asking:  How do I keg my beer instead of bottle it?



Re: Kegging HomeBrew?
I used to use old (sanitized) soda kegs which were 5 gallons and a CO2
tank to pressurize them after the fermentation was completed.  I
assume that is not the set up you have or you wouldn't be asking.
I don't see why adding the priming sugar to the keg wouldn't work but
you'd get a layer of yeast in the bottom after the second
"carbonating" fermentation was done but that should suck off in the
first glass or two and then be okay.  Seems that the next problem
you'd run into is that unless you drank the entire keg at one sitting
then it would get progressively flatter as the pressure was used to
push more and more out.
Just my thoughts on the subject...

On Thu, 24 Feb 2005 00:03:43 -0600, "FTAforever"

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Re: Kegging HomeBrew?
On Thu, 24 Feb 2005 00:03:43 -0600, "FTAforever"

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That would work.

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There are hand pumps that are used to put pressure behind the beer to
force it out of the keg.  Your supplier should have them, or be able
to get one for you, or you can order one from suppliers on line.
Check the "Kegging" section of any online supplier.

However, beer is usually kegged in aluminum kegs, not wooden kegs, and
both carbonated and pressurized with CO2 from an external tank.  Five
gallon kegs are usually Cornelius, or "Corny", kegs - used soda kegs
than have been cleaned out.  Brewing suppliers sell them, and they're
usually for sale on eBay.  (You'll also have to learn how to balance
your line, but there are a few good sites that explain it.)

Hope this helps.

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Ok you beat me to the punch just. Do you have any links to those sites?
I'll check eBay to see what a Corny keg looks like. Can you give me some
info on the other equipment required & prices?

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http://www.bodensatz.com/staticpages/index.php?page=Soda-Kegs


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http://www.austinhomebrew.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=keg&osCsid=cec4d34157608480a3ce6956331b94fd&x=9&y=9 http://www.morebeer.com/browse.html?category_id=2404&keyword=&x=1&y=1 http://thebeeressentials.com/kegging/beer_kegging_equipment.html
or just
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-25,GGLD:en&q=Cornelius+Keg
Since this stuff weighs, look for either free shipping, or someone
close to you.
 
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You'll need at least 2 connectors (to connect the lines to the keg).
Line, of course.  A CO2 tank and regulator.  A cobra tap if you don't
want an expensive tap.  Hose clamps.  Many places sell kits, so you
can compare the price of a kit with the prices of the individual
items.

BTW, you want ball-lock kegs (and connectors), not pin-lock kegs.
(Parts and tools for pin-locks are more expensive and using pin-locks
doesn't gain you anything unless you have friends who all use them.)
Ball-locks are Pepsi, pin-locks are Coke.  (I don't know which came
first, but evidently one company didn't want to pay royalties to the
other one.)

Also an open end wrench (for the nut connecting to the regulator) and
a deep 7/8" socket (for the posts on the keg if they're ball-lock -
pin-lock posts require a special socket with slots cut out for the
pins).  You'll want to take the posts off to clean them and the tubes
connected to them.

Also check locally for the CO2 tank.  If it's not being shipped you
might be able to buy it filled and save yourself the trouble of
getting it filled.  (If you do more than a few batches a year you
might want a 10 pound tank, rather than the 5 pound tank most places
sell.)  Also check with welding supply places.  You might be able to
'rent' CO2.  You pay a deposit for the equipment and you pay a refill
charge when you need a refill.  It can save you over $100.

Read this:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/docs/pdf/corny-keg.pdf
Use forced carbonation, and use a balanced system.  Get O-ring lube.
(They don't mention that the gaskets should be lubed.  Just a film on
your finger is enough for each gasket.  A small container should last
years.)

Once you have CO2 available, you might want to buy a Carbonator.
That's a soda bottle cap/ball-lock post in one.  You can pour a liter
(or 2 or 3) of beer into a soda bottle, then carbonate it.  (Or
recarbonate soda that's gone flat.)  They're about $14, and you only
need one.

BTW, I've done primary fermentation and secondary fermentation in
Corny kegs.  In fact to do an easy brew, just ferment in a keg (put an
airlock on a length of line with a connector on it, connect to the gas
fitting and tie-wrap [or twist-tie] the airlock to the keg top), then
rack to another keg and carbonate.  You can rack from keg to keg just
using a line with fittings and a little gas to push the beer.  You'll
probably want to waste the first pint or so, to get rid of the yeast.

Experiment - that's what home brewing is all about.

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Make sure you clean them well.  I submerse then in a bucket with
oxyclean in it for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse really well, then
submerse in sanitizer and rinse really well unless using a
no-rinse sanitizer.

Now just fill and prime.  If you have the commercial ones with
the spigot on them you do not need CO2 if you are going to drink
it all within a day of opening.  Otherwise you need a tap system
for it with CO2 cartridges

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