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Old 04-21-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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Due to lack of sufficient funds and space, building and owning a cheezer is not a viable option for me. However, I am considering buying a single keg and using it to bottle my beers.

One thing I see over and over again is people expressing concern for oxidizing their beer when bottling from a keg without a beer gun. My question is, how does bottling from the keg in this way (with a racking cane) in any way increase risk of oxidation that wouldn't already be there when, say, bottling and priming? When I bottle with priming sugar there is a little headspace that isn't pumped with CO2 gas, and yet I never have had problems with oxidized beer nor is that something people seem to express as a concern.

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Old 04-21-2014, 07:45 PM   #2
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This might help...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/we-n...eer-gun-24678/

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I use this to bottle carbonated beer. It gets capped under foam. No oxidation issues at all.
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Hi all,

Due to lack of sufficient funds and space, building and owning a cheezer is not a viable option for me. However, I am considering buying a single keg and using it to bottle my beers.

One thing I see over and over again is people expressing concern for oxidizing their beer when bottling from a keg without a beer gun. My question is, how does bottling from the keg in this way (with a racking cane) in any way increase risk of oxidation that wouldn't already be there when, say, bottling and priming? When I bottle with priming sugar there is a little headspace that isn't pumped with CO2 gas, and yet I never have had problems with oxidized beer nor is that something people seem to express as a concern.
When you are using priming sugar in the bottle, the yeast scavenge a bunch of that dissolved oxygen--also, the wort is normally warm and that means less oxygen in solution. If you are bottling "cold, already carbonated" beer from a keg, you don't have a bottle prime/fermentation to scavenge oxygen and cold beer picks it up into solution easier.
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I use more beers counter pressure bottle filler. It purges with CO2 and pressurizes the bottle so you dont get foaming. Once you get it figured out it works great.

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