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Old 04-28-2014, 12:17 PM   #11
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I never thought of using priming sugar to carbonate the batch inside the keg instead of with a co2 tank, I think I'll just start there and get two picnic taps. Is there anything wrong with that? Is is there any benefit of using a co2 tank to carbonate instead?

I guess I just don't understand how all the beer would be expelled out of the keg without the added pressure of a co2 tank
You will need the co2 tank to push the beer out of the keg. You wan't get much if you rely on the carbonation from the priming sugar.
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Keg conditioning is simple to do. In fact, I do it w/ ally beers. But, you'll still need a way to chill the keg (CO2 dissolves much more effectively at lower temps) plus you'll still need a CO2 tank, regulator, etc. in order to serve your beer.


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I have a chest feezer with one of those temperature regulator devices to keep the kegs cool, could I just carbonate them with corn sugar and use the pump style taps? or do I need the co2 to cause enough pressure to force the beer out?
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You will need the co2 tank to push the beer out of the keg. You wan't get much if you rely on the carbonation from the priming sugar.
I guess the same question applies here. Can I use a pump tap then if the priming sugar wont suffice?
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You're going to need the CO2 tank.

First, when you first keg the beer, you'll need to "purge" the oxygen from the headspace of the keg and replace it with CO2 to prevent your beer from oxidizing.

Secondly, you'll need to pressurize the headspace in the keg to ensure the lid holds a firm seal until the yeast produce enough of their own CO2 to carbonate the beer. If you seal the keg up with no pressure initially, the yeast will go to work on the priming sugar, and will start to produce CO2. However, initially the pressure will be very low; so low that it might leak out the seals of the keg if there are any gaps, never actually carbonating the beer. By pressurizing the keg initially with some CO2 from a tank, this "seats" the lid and seals and ensures that any CO2 produced by the yeast consuming the priming sugar remains in the beer, rather than venting out through poorly-seated seals.

Finally, you'll need CO2 to push the beer out the serving lines. You could use a hand pump, but you'd be introducing oxygen into your keg and would oxidize your beer over time. If you plan on drinking the entire keg in one night (like for a party), then that might be good enough. But there's really no good substitute for using CO2 to serve your beer. If cost is an issue, you can use a smaller, paintball-gun-style CO2 tank for serving the beer.

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You're going to need the CO2 tank.

First, when you first keg the beer, you'll need to "purge" the oxygen from the headspace of the keg and replace it with CO2 to prevent your beer from oxidizing.

Secondly, you'll need to pressurize the headspace in the keg to ensure the lid holds a firm seal until the yeast produce enough of their own CO2 to carbonate the beer. If you seal the keg up with no pressure initially, the yeast will go to work on the priming sugar, and will start to produce CO2. However, initially the pressure will be very low; so low that it might leak out the seals of the keg if there are any gaps, never actually carbonating the beer. By pressurizing the keg initially with some CO2 from a tank, this "seats" the lid and seals and ensures that any CO2 produced by the yeast consuming the priming sugar remains in the beer, rather than venting out through poorly-seated seals.

Finally, you'll need CO2 to push the beer out the serving lines. You could use a hand pump, but you'd be introducing oxygen into your keg and would oxidize your beer over time. If you plan on drinking the entire keg in one night (like for a party), then that might be good enough. But there's really no good substitute for using CO2 to serve your beer. If cost is an issue, you can use a smaller, paintball-gun-style CO2 tank for serving the beer.

okay cost be damned. I'll just get the necessities... now could one of you gentlemen maybe direct me to some links on YouTube to ensure that I don't screw anything up my first time setting everything up and purging the oxygen and carbonating, all that good stuff, and maybe some links to all the equipment Ill need for my 2 ball kegs. please and thank you
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could one of you gentlemen maybe direct me to some links on YouTube
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