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Old 12-22-2006, 11:59 PM   #1
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Dude (or some one) can you explain this tecnique please.
What's with the little keg?


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Old 12-23-2006, 12:04 AM   #2
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I think I got it:

It's a CO2 transfer system - to keep your beer in a "closed system" (well, pretty closed) and avoid oxidizing the beer as it's kegged.

A CO2 cylinder (presumably used to purge the destination keg first) is off screen to the right. The 3 gallon keg is simply there for ease of connecting the CO2 cylinder to the carboy (and possibly as a pressure buffer, though that's probably unnecessary). The racking tube extends from the carboy cap to the bottom of the carboy. When CO2 pressure - no more than 5 psi, I think - is applied to the other side of the carboy cap, beer begins flowing into the keg. The pressure relief valve of the destination keg is probably left open during transfer and closed immediately afterward.

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Old 12-23-2006, 12:10 AM   #3
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I use a similar system I purge the recipient tank.
I guess the difference here is that the carboy is sucking in co2 rather than air.


So the beer out connector can also have beer in?

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I guess the difference here is that the carboy is sucking in co2 rather than air.
Actually, you're forcing CO2 in - that's what provides the pressure to transfer.

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So the beer out connector can also have beer in?
Sure, why not? The fact that the pickup tube goes all the way to the bottom of the keg also keeps the beer from getting oxidized should there be any O2 left after purging.
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Old 12-23-2006, 04:56 AM   #5
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Yes, hence the grey connector on both inputs. It is only because I dont have a "Wye" connnector on my regulator.

Yuri made sense of it.

Why are you guys looking at my gallery? Total stupidity there......you guys know so much more than me.....

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Old 12-23-2006, 09:29 AM   #6
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Why are you guys looking at my gallery? Total stupidity there......you guys know so much more than me.....
Yeah right. I'm still a noob.....

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Here's one reason.

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Old 12-23-2006, 11:44 AM   #7
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I want to make this happen this year:

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Old 12-23-2006, 12:27 PM   #8
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Why are you guys looking at my gallery? Total stupidity there......you guys know so much more than me.....
Stupidity my ass. I think you are the fastest burner I've ever seen. I've been brewing for 11 years and you are way ahead of me.
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that is a venturi device attached the water hose to create a vacuum in the carboy, correct? where is the best place to purchase a venturi device?
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that is a venturi device attached the water hose to create a vacuum in the carboy, correct? where is the best place to purchase a venturi device?
Yep.

Got mine from a pet store. It is an apparatus used to drain fish tanks. Also can empty water beds.

I've been meaning to do a write-up on it but it is SO simple. Cost me less than 10 bucks for the whole project. I can drain every last bit of wort from the kettle into the fermenter and they can be on an even plane. No gravity needed.
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