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Old 01-29-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default Corney Kegging Commerical Beer

I searched for this but couldn't come up with anything...

So I've recently finished my Kegerator (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=19596) but I don't have any beer ready to go and its going to be a few months before I can really start brewing again.

My idea is to call the liquor store and have them order me two kegs of beer (still debating on what to get) and then transfer each keg into three cornies, pressurize, put one of each in the kegerator and store the rest in my walk-in cooler.

Anyone else ever done this? Bad idea? Any tips on how to transfer the beer?

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Old 01-29-2007, 08:46 PM   #2
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See if they can order you corny kegs of beer. I know that some craft brewers sell their beers in a 5 gallon size. Might be worth a shot. I think transferring should work just fine, provided you keep it a closed system. (I have no experience here, of course.)

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I've taken the leftovers of a keg and done that. I believ that Biermann has done that as well. Worked fine.

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Old 01-29-2007, 10:05 PM   #4
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Do you have the kit to get the beer from the keg or is it supplied with the keg?

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Old 01-29-2007, 10:10 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I don't have anything for a commercial keg - only ball lock cornies. This seems like a decent interm solution but I don't know how best to transfer the beer as I'd like to do it in a way to keep as much carbonation as possible...

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I believe you are just going to have to build yourself a transfer rig with a cornie liquid tap on one side and a onventional keg/sanke tap on the other end. Set up the sanke side as if you are going to tap a keg, with CO2 and all. Then attach the liquid line to the cornie. I would pressurize the cornie and then bleed off the pressure, just like counter pressure filling a bottle. Remember, it is just a temporary set-up until; what time as you have the good stuff on line.

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You'll need a coupler for the keg.
If you pre pressurise the corny to match the keg when you hook up and vent the corny and keep gas on the keg.

Would that work?

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When I run out of my homebrew I just go get a sixth barrel ( 5 gallon )form the store until mine is ready. You would need a sanke tap, either way

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Sounds doable! I may only ever do this once but a Snake tap is only $25... couldn't hurt to have one handy in the future either.

I just called the liquor store to find out the availability of a keg of Brooklyn Lager. Still debating the second beer but I may go for a keg of Yuengling Lager.

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You'd need a Sankey coupler and go liquid out to a hose to you corney liquid into you 5gal than put your CO2 bottle (low pressure) to the gas in on the Sankey coupler. maybe wouldn't hurt to have a Gas ball lock connector on you corney just open to overflow- to bleed of pressure to fill. than use the CO2 On the Sankey gas in to push it over to the corney. once in the corney just put the co2 to it like normal to hold carbonation.
I'd go with just a store bought beer in a 5gal keg if you can get it, but I'm kinda new at this all too.
Any other thoughts?

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