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jeciv 03-19-2011 02:45 PM

Help! I forgot to purge my keg!
 
This is my first time kegging. I put 30psi on and put it in the fridge, but I forgot to purge the oxygen. Have I ruined the beer?

Kaz 03-19-2011 02:54 PM

I doubt you will have any problems. Worst case scenario is that it may stale a little quicker due to the oxidation, but if you racked into the bottom and kept your siphon tube submerged I bet you won't notice a thing.

woodstone 03-19-2011 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeciv (Post 2751942)
This is my first time kegging. I put 30psi on and put it in the fridge, but I forgot to purge the oxygen. Have I ruined the beer?

No. Conservatively, you should now vent the keg for a few seconds with the gas on to drive out any oxygen still sitting in the airspace. In any case, you'll be fine.

jeciv 03-20-2011 02:16 PM

Thanks guys. I released the pressure, purged the oxygen, and repressurized the tank. This Honey Lager is for a birthday party for my 2 sons, and we're expecting 60 people today. We're having a magician stop by (they're turning 4&7), so this batch is named Magic Brew.

Cheers!

OntarioBeerKegs 03-20-2011 02:25 PM

My parents would never let me have you beer when I was 4 or 7!

Ravio11i 03-20-2011 02:44 PM

You're brewing your 4 and 7 year old beer? Sweet

rcm_rx7 03-20-2011 02:49 PM

I have forgotten to purge a few times, and I didn't notice any off flavors. Relax, don't worry

jeciv 03-22-2011 08:30 PM

The "Magic Brew" came out perfect! Five gallon keg was gone in an hour. This is only my 3rd time brewing by myself, but I've never had such a great response! I don't think I'll ever bottle again...

Thanks for the support!

bitmask 03-22-2011 09:11 PM

Those kids can drink!

rycov 03-22-2011 09:19 PM

i never used to purge the head space at all, never had anything bad happen. last time i kegged i siphoned into the keg first, then put the lid on, plugged up the co2 and vented a couple of times. this will probably be my standard from now on. just to be safe. but i didn't notice any improvment, and never had any trouble with the kegs i didn't purge.


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