New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Is a frozen corny keg automatically ruined?




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-10-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
smalltown2001
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 42
Default Is a frozen corny keg automatically ruined?

So I started setting up my kegerator last night, using the Frididaire fridge from Lowes. I wanted to see how cold it would get, figuring it would only be about 35-40F on the lowest setting. Well, low and behold, I checked on it this morning, and both my thermometer in the water cup and the keg were frozen solid. I saw on a forum awhile back that the keg might be ruined because it wouldn't seal anymore. So would the entire keg be ruined, or would I need to just buy a new lid for it? I have it thawing out right now inside the house. The worst part of it was that it was the 3 gallon keg that i bought for $80 off of Craigslist. Of course it couldn't be the cheap 5 gallon kegs that I froze, nope, just the expensive one. Darn...



__________________
smalltown2001 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2010, 06:48 PM   #2
samc
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Portland OR
Posts: 5,420
Liked 53 Times on 50 Posts
Likes Given: 29

Default

You won't know until you test it. Why speculate on not sealing at this point?



__________________
samc is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2010, 06:52 PM   #3
GLoBaLReBeL
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mission Viejo,CA
Posts: 192
Likes Given: 1

Default

I just bought this unit to and have set it to 1 and will be checking on it when I get home in about 6 hours. I hope my keg hasn't frozen!!! I need this BEER!! ahaha

__________________
GLoBaLReBeL is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2010, 06:59 PM   #4
RoaringBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RoaringBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 1,859
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I froze a keg before and it seems fine to me now... I even thawed it out and drank some of the beer for a while. LOL.

Not sure why a stainless steel corny wouldn't seal anymore after freezing? The seals are mostly rubber O-rings and you can replace those pretty easily. Also, freezing should have little impact on them, I would think?

I almost froze another one just a day or two ago, but caught it in time. Now i am using a johnson controls temp controller to cut the fridge off at 40F, since the thermostat (1-6 wheel) doesn't do a very good job. There is no middle ground, its like either 30F or 45-50F.

__________________
Roaring Bull Brewing Co.
Est. 2006
http://www.cafepress.com/roaringbull

Currently Consuming (HB): Apfelwein on Tap Troegs Hopback on Tap; Craft Bottles
Fermenting/Conditioning: Up Next: Hop Trio American Wheat, Lake Walk Pale Ale
In Planning Stage: Farmhouse Saison and Something Oaked.
RoaringBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2010, 07:01 PM   #5
Ohio-Ed
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ohio-Ed's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,074
Liked 18 Times on 17 Posts

Default

It will depend on how hard it froze. There may be no problem at all. If it expanded enough to deform the keg opening, you may have a real hard time getting it straightened out to seal. But I certainly wouldn't throw it away until I exhausted every effort to make it usable.

Good luck.

__________________
Ohio-Ed is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2010, 07:03 PM   #6
RoaringBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RoaringBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 1,859
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Mine just barely froze, for what its worth. It was more like beer slushy in the keg and frozen beer in the line.

I would think you would have had to have a pretty darn full keg and a pretty hard freeze to deform the keg, but heck I have no clue!

__________________
Roaring Bull Brewing Co.
Est. 2006
http://www.cafepress.com/roaringbull

Currently Consuming (HB): Apfelwein on Tap Troegs Hopback on Tap; Craft Bottles
Fermenting/Conditioning: Up Next: Hop Trio American Wheat, Lake Walk Pale Ale
In Planning Stage: Farmhouse Saison and Something Oaked.
RoaringBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2010, 10:45 PM   #7
yogensha
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
yogensha's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 153
Default

I just pulled a pint from a keg that was frozen yesterday. It was an over-attenuated wit. It tastes better (more body, a bit darker maybe) than it did last week, so I popped open the keg and sure enough, the top is still frozen. Eiswit anybody?

__________________
yogensha is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-11-2010, 12:06 PM   #8
RoaringBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RoaringBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 1,859
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by yogensha View Post
I just pulled a pint from a keg that was frozen yesterday. It was an over-attenuated wit. It tastes better (more body, a bit darker maybe) than it did last week, so I popped open the keg and sure enough, the top is still frozen. Eiswit anybody?
Awesome!!


__________________
Roaring Bull Brewing Co.
Est. 2006
http://www.cafepress.com/roaringbull

Currently Consuming (HB): Apfelwein on Tap Troegs Hopback on Tap; Craft Bottles
Fermenting/Conditioning: Up Next: Hop Trio American Wheat, Lake Walk Pale Ale
In Planning Stage: Farmhouse Saison and Something Oaked.
RoaringBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Controlling HLT water fill automatically Windsors DIY Projects 19 03-02-2010 11:35 PM
Sanke->Corny->Corny transfer Flyin Bottling/Kegging 8 02-05-2010 04:12 PM
Another "Is my beer ruined?" thread - frozen beer chiefbrewer General Techniques 6 10-02-2009 09:26 PM
Is it ruined? Beer Lover Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 02-07-2008 01:51 PM
Is my cfc ruined? jerly Equipment/Sanitation 6 07-25-2007 10:32 PM