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Old 11-18-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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I just realized I forgot to purge the headspace in my keg after racking my stout into it and hitting it with 15lbs of pressure (and 1/2 the normal amount of priming sugar). The CO2 tank is already secured back in the kegerator and is kind of a pain to unhook and remove (the mini fridge is very tight, I have to take a leave everything out of it while using the CO2 elsewhere).

So its been 5 days with some regular air in there, what can I do?

Would it work to just release some pressure (hoping the O2 is at the top?) or should I dig out the CO2 tank and purge it? By now the yeast should have started making some of their own CO2.

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Old 11-18-2010, 01:33 PM   #2
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It'll be ok- I wouldn't worry too much about it. I mean, there's a little air in the headspace of bottles, too, and it doesn't oxidize the beer. You "topped up" with co2 so the beer will be fine.

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Old 11-18-2010, 02:28 PM   #3
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CO2 is heavier than air. Your still fermenting (Carbonating) beer is creating a nice cozy CO2 blanket on top of the beer. You'll be fine.

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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:35 PM   #4
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That is all good to hear, now I've only got a couple weeks to kick one of my current kegs to make space. Shouldn't be hard as its been feeling pretty light (wish i had a "fuel" gauge for the keg).

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