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Old 04-01-2011, 03:48 AM   #1
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Default New kegs acquired NOW WHAT.??

I just was given 1- 1/4 keg and 2- 1/8 kegs. That need to be cleaned.
What should I use these for?
I was thinking of a small kettle for 5 gallon batches.
I figured to use the 1/8 for my finished batches.
Can I clean these? Do they re seal?

Go easy I'm just starting.

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Old 04-01-2011, 05:52 AM   #2
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well if they hold co2 their prolly alright. put like 15 - 20 lbs of co2 in it and listen for leaks or submerge it in the tub and look for bubbles. check all your valves / "O" rings and the like. i would pull em apart and clean/sanatize everything. these are soda kegs right? or are these the sanke style?

other thain that.....fill with beer. then transfer beer to face by whatever means possible. repeat till empty.

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Old 04-01-2011, 01:53 PM   #3
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These are Sanke Style Sixth Barrel. so if I remove bung will I be able to fill and reuse?

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Old 04-01-2011, 06:18 PM   #4
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just filled my first one last week. 1/2 barrel -- put about 5 gallons of wiet in and it has looked good so far. Good early taste test, but I am waiting a few more days for carbing.

I think I will be continuing this kegging method (as I got it ALL for free). The clip is a royal pain at first, but a little practice and a couple of screwdrivers made it a snap to recondition...

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Default curious about your set up

driverseat,

what set up do you have for carbinating? I don't have a kegerator.

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Old 07-05-2011, 02:45 PM   #6
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G,

Thanks for the reply. Been reading a lot but have not had much time for posting/questioning the group.

Let's see. I was given a 5lb. tank full of CO2 with a high/low indicator regulator. You will have to forgive me for not having the terminology of the Sanke stuff down yet...

I am into (since the OP post above) my 6th or 7th fill of the half barrel. I have started doing 10-12 gallon batches (doubling up on my 5 gallon carboys) to reduce the CO@ it takes to carb the empty space in such a large vessel.

I am going through about 5 kegs full of brew before I have a refill of that 5lb -er. A tip I got from a local guy here showed me to make sure the keg is perfectly sealed (I have gone to ring clips as compared to that pain in the neck ring clamp), and then "sip" CO2 into the keg only as needed -- after it has absorbed all the CO2 it needs, and keeping the keg colder than drinking to help the absorption. Ling story short, I blast a few pounds into the keg as the flow starts to go down - and after a pour (Arogant Bastard clone) of whatever I have, I let it warm in the glass for a few minutes to get all the flavor.

A bit unorthodox, but I can't stand waist - it is a compulsion of mine. Efficiency is a sickness for me almost.

Anyway, I hope this gets us started. I'm happy to share anything I can - good or bad : )

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