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robh1111975 09-19-2007 06:36 PM

Bad experience
Had a bad experience yesterday. Went to the garage, pulled the tap, and only a half a glass of beer left in the keg.
Good thing is I get to do a brew day! Time to search the recipe file

Bobby_M 09-19-2007 06:43 PM

man, you're gonna learn fast that an empty keg is not the appropriate trigger for a brew day. I think the better trigger is when you rack to keg. Gotta keep something in the pipeline.

2nd Street Brewery 09-19-2007 07:21 PM

Agree with Bobby_M, I kick one of my kegs last night, I've got 2 more waiting to go on. I always try to have at least 1 keg on standby

FSR402 09-19-2007 07:29 PM

I have right now 4 kegs full, one just about empty, 2 cases in bottles,3 more brews fermenting and doing a 10 gallon batch this weekend.
You have to stay on top of this stuff man. An empty keg with no full ones waiting is a sad thing and should never happen.

WOP31 09-19-2007 07:42 PM

Don't you know it's against homebrew law to have an empty carboy, there should always be something waiting on an empty keg not an empty keg waiting on something to ferment. Our hobby is reallly forgiving that way, you can always have a beer wait a little longer in the secondary, but you'll be hard pressed to get one to move out of the primary any faster.

Cheers and get to brewing!

robh1111975 09-21-2007 03:25 PM

Got a few kits on order. In the process for a second keg so I don't have this experience again.

sirsloop 09-21-2007 04:06 PM

I can't even begin to imagine what you are feeling right now.... ieee... I guess its time to suck up some commercial swill while you wait!!

gnef 09-23-2007 01:19 PM

another reason to also have extra kegs available.

i would recommend to have at least 1.5-2x the number of kegs than the number your kegerator holds. i personally have around 6x (6 keg kegerator, around 38 kegs). i do use my kegs as secondary, and for aging of meads and wines though too.

JeffNYC 09-23-2007 02:24 PM

This raises a question I had, how do you know how much beer is left in a keg?

homebrewer_99 09-23-2007 04:25 PM

I have about 10 of my 25 kegs full at the moment...2 on tap in the kegerator and 8 in the keezer...1 standing by, and a couple ready to bottle/keg.

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