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Old 04-22-2011, 01:50 AM   #1
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Default Bottling was easier...

Summer is coming and I decided to compliment the smoker and grill with beer on tap. After seeing Beirmunchiers converted garbage can I thought something similar would be the ticket. I was not interested in modifying the chest freezer (I bought it to ferment in).

Purchased a stainless 2 tap kit from Keg Connection and modified a recycling can from home depot. Here's the pic:


All was going good until:
- Primed keg leaked
- Poppet went bad and shot starsan all over my basement
- Cleaning is a pain, If you want to rinse, giving it a shake under pressure just makes the liquid absorb gas and then the keg leaks....
- Check ball I didn't know was there on the manifold sticks shut and causes no gas flow.
- No one fills CO2 tanks and it is not worth the gas to make the trip to find someone that will, if your LHBS will exchange it while you're there (It's where my shiny new aluminum tank was seen last)


Last but not least, you can invite over buddies to help bottle...
How does one justify needing help kegging? (Mental image of 4 guys watching beer being siphoned...)

I'm sure I'll get it all figured out eventually. Just having a rough time getting started and decided to complain....

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Old 04-22-2011, 01:53 AM   #2
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Well sounds like the process of kegging isn't the issue for you. The process of kegging is MUCH more simple. However, your keg is leaking. Have you tried cranking the pressure up to 20+ psi until it seals properly and then backing it down?

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Old 04-22-2011, 01:56 AM   #3
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You need some lube, keg lube that is. I love kegging, I just got a bowie bottle adapter so I can bottle from tap. So I just bottle a sixer or so for friends, rest is for me!

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Old 04-22-2011, 02:07 AM   #4
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yeah, I second the keg lube and if your poppet is bad you can replace it. Bottling sucks.

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Old 04-22-2011, 02:12 AM   #5
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yeah, I second the keg lube and if your poppet is bad you can replace it. Bottling sucks.
Yep, replace all o-rings if they're old, and bring a poppit into lhbs (or find correct one online) and replace them. Keg lube is the ticket, too!
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:21 AM   #6
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Yeah, I'll take kegging over bottling any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

I did a lot of work/maintenance on my kegs when I got them (new o-rings, poppets, one got a whole new lid). I would do it all again for the simplicity that it is now. Of course, I've learned a few lessons the hard way (actually managed to hook up the lines backwards on a keg once), but now that I have a process down I can't even imagine bottling a full batch of beer now.

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Old 04-22-2011, 06:08 AM   #7
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I can't even imagine bottling a full batch of beer now
it would be torture.... i might be able to do it if they were 32oz bottles...maybe
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:13 AM   #8
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Yep yep. Keg lube. Sometimes taking the keg posts off and soaking them in some oxiclean is all it takes to fix a sticky poppet. After soaking sanitize and put a thin band of keg lube on all gaskets. That's keg posts, poppets, pressure relief, and main o-ring. That will straighten out 90% of your leak problems.

As to the trash can, that is an awesome idea for a portable kegerator, but a bit of a pain for long term as you will have to continuously replenish ice to keep the kegs cool won't you?

Keep on working the kegs. They so rock over bottling. Cheers.

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Old 04-22-2011, 06:40 AM   #9
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I never looked back after bottling a few batches after I got kegging. SOOOO much easier. When I buy I keg I get all new o-rings first off, then whenever I use/reuse I clean it out with a hose, put some PBW, shake, take all connects off, soak in some PBW solution, sanitize everything. The only problem i've had is in my liquid picnic tap lines leaking. Sorry you had so much trouble, but give it another whirl, when it works, life is much easier than bottling! I use 4-6 diff kegs and once I did the initial o-ring replacement, haven't had any issues with my process.

Oh, on the c02, couple of avenues there are hydroponic shops and fire extinguisher refill places.

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I don't invite people to help keg, I invite them to come enjoy the beer after it is kegged and carbed. One of use has some strange friends...

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