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Old 07-11-2008, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default I just filled up my first keg!

Well after my keezer build, which you can see Here, I finally got the nerve up to get my Stout into the keg and get it going. Of course I didn't get any answers to my questions in my other thread about kegging but hey, nothing a little tinkering can't solve I suppose. I threw everything into my keezer, hooked it up to 10 psi and am going to let it sit for a couple weeks and carbonate. If the wind will ever die down I'll be able to brew my Hobgoblin clone...god I hate the Oregon coast.

I do in fact enjoy the fact that I don't have to bottle anymore...I can't honestly see going back to it. It was like switching from carboys to ported BB's. Once you experience the convenience you just can't imagine doing it any other way. I can't wait to pull my first pint



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I do in fact enjoy the fact that I don't have to bottle anymore...I can't honestly see going back to it. It was like switching from carboys to ported BB's. Once you experience the convenience you just can't imagine doing it any other way. I can't wait to pull my first pint
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:02 AM   #3
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10 psi? Good dispensing pressure but it will take forever to be drinkable.
Put 30lbs on it, disconnect everything then shake and roll it like it contains a leprechaun that owes you money.
Do that a few times and you'll have carbonated brew that needs to be bled of excess pressure before dispensing.
Bleed it of excess gas an enjoy.

Not only that but if you keep your tank valve open and connected to anything, then you run the risk of any leak anywhere bleeding your tank dry.
I've found it is better to carbonate the keg, apply pressure to dispense then close, and only reopen when flow demands.

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10 psi? Good dispensing pressure but it will take forever to be drinkable.
Put 30lbs on it, disconnect everything then shake and roll it like it contains a leprechaun that owes you money.
Do that a few times and you'll have carbonated brew that needs to be bled of excess pressure before dispensing.
Bleed it of excess gas an enjoy.

Not only that but if you keep your tank valve open and connected to anything, then you run the risk of any leak anywhere bleeding your tank dry.
I've found it is better to carbonate the keg, apply pressure to dispense then close, and only reopen when flow demands.
Huh..I know that you can force carb, which sounds like what you are describing with the shaking method, but I was planning on just letting it sit and carbonate over time; is that not a good idea?


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^ it works just fine. Just takes a bit longer but if you are patient there is nothing wrong with it.

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Huh..I know that you can force carb, which sounds like what you are describing with the shaking method, but I was planning on just letting it sit and carbonate over time; is that not a good idea?


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At 10 pis (depending on beer temp) it will be ready to drink in 5-8 days. This is how I do it too.
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Since you plan on letting it condition on the gas for a couple weeks, 10 psi is fine.

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OK Cool, thanks!
The wind finally started to calm down so it looks like I'll have another brew in the kegs in a couple weeks.


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Congrats on your switch! I've found that the problem with kegging it all is that it's harder to share with others. I've started bottling a sixer with carb tabs and kegging the rest.

I keep my kegs at 12 psi, to carb up and dispense, but it always takes at least 2 weeks to get a nice, full carb. I run 10' of beer line, so I don't have any foam issues.

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+1 on the general consensus. It takes a long time for me to kill a keg and my regulator goes up to 300, so it is not too terribly accurate. When I swap in a new keg for an old one, I leave it on the gas at about 12 psi and can usually drink it in less than 3 weeks.

That's why it pays to have more than one tap.

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