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Old 05-11-2010, 01:06 AM   #1
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Going on a fishing trip with my step-father and father-in-law and would like to take some beer with. Beer has been sitting undisturbed for weeks and is force carbonated. Can I transfer it to another keg and to make sure it is clear travel ready?

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Yes. What you do is create a jumper. Connect two ball lock OUT connectors with about 6' of line. Once you have that made, purge the receiving keg with co2, connect the kegs together, and then slowly let the gas out of the receiving keg. It'll pull the beer into the keg for you. You can also just pus it across with a tank, but you still want to make sure there is no plain air in there.

As the transfer completes, you'll notice that you might start sucking up gunk from the bottom of the settled keg. Just disconnect the jumper at this point and you're done.

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Yes. What you do is create a jumper. Connect two ball lock OUT connectors with about 6' of line. Once you have that made, purge the receiving keg with co2, connect the kegs together, and then slowly let the gas out of the receiving keg. It'll pull the beer into the keg for you. You can also just pus it across with a tank, but you still want to make sure there is no plain air in there.

As the transfer completes, you'll notice that you might start sucking up gunk from the bottom of the settled keg. Just disconnect the jumper at this point and you're done.
Yep! And it sounds sort of complicated, but it's not at all. It'll make sense once you hook up the two black quick-disconnects with some beer line. And that's all you need- those two QDs and a length of beerline.

It works really well when you want to move a keg for a party, but don't want to move it and resuspend all the sediment.
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EXCELLENT! Thank you for the quick responses....I had seen a bunch of posts about transferring, but it was all PRE-Carbination.

Thanks again.

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EXCELLENT! Thank you for the quick responses....I had seen a bunch of posts about transferring, but it was all PRE-Carbination.

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Oh, a couple of things I forgot to mention. Purge the first keg and reset to about 2-3 psi or just enough to push the beer. That will reduce any foaming.

I add some co2 to the receiving keg before hooking anything up, and purge it. Then, I purge the first keg and reset to 2 psi. THEN I hook up the "jumper cables". Beer will start to flow right away, and just keep pulling the pressure relief valve on the receiving keg to keep it flowing.
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I have a 3 gallon corney and a hose that is a tight fit in my faucet. Using low pressure I just drop the hose in the little keg and pull the faucet. Works just like siphoning. When the little keg is full I snap on the top, purge, and pressurize and I'm ready to travel to the party !!

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AWESOME! I'm going to do this in a couple of weeks!

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So, I tried this for the first time yesterday and it did not work.
I had only a small amount to transfer - probably less than 1/2 gallon.
Could that be the issue? I will try again today

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So, I tried this for the first time yesterday and it did not work.
I had only a small amount to transfer - probably less than 1/2 gallon.
Could that be the issue? I will try again today
No, it should work. Did you keep pulling the pressure relief valve on the receiving keg? If there is equal pressure between the kegs, or more pressure in the receiving keg, the beer will stop flowing. It goes from higher pressure to lower pressure.
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