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Old 12-31-2010, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Which keg for force carbing? - any uk keggers?

Hey Guys

I currently have a king keg and although it can carbonate beer quite well, it does not seem to allow enough pressure. As the safety value just goes off.

I am looking a doing quite a lot of force carbing and then botteling. Thinking maybe metal kegs could be the way forward?

I have a little bottler which is not that great so think I am going to go for one like the sticky topic. So what keg and co2 would I need for that? Take I could not use my s30 canister?

So

1) Which kegs are best (im in UK) metal the way forward?
2) What parts do I need to make a beer gun as in the sticky, will any keg work?

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Cornelius Kegs (Ball or Pin lock) are the way to go. I use both 3 and 5 gallon kegs with a 5lb CO2 bottle for carbing and dispensing. The setup looks similar to the picture below. It works great.



I'm in the stats, so not much help in recommending a supplier in the UK.

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:08 PM   #3
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Cheers for the reply,

Does a Cornelius keg have the same connections as a standard pub keg?

I can find a keg for sale, a co2 tank. I am sturugeling with the other parts. I take a regulator is needed, a tap and connecting tubes. Do they have technical names that would make them easier to find? is there anything else I will need for kegging?

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Generally a pub keg is going to be a Sankey and will have a connection like this one.

Cornelius kegs mostly either have pin-lock or ball-lock type connectors for gas and dispensing. You'll need a pair of disconnects (one gas and one dispense) for each keg (either pin or ball lock depending on the keg you buy). You'll also need a CO2 regulator for the tank. If you can't get one from your LHBS, you may be able to find one at a welding supply store. You don't necessarily need a pub-style tap, unless you want one. I use picnic taps, which are basically just a tube with the tap at the end.

Here's a good example of what you'll need.

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All this seems to total £250 :O does it cost $350 in the US? Or am I just looking in the wrong place...

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I didn't buy mine all at once, but my LHBS sells a kits. This one is $227 USD.

# Dual Guage Regulator
# New 5# CO2 bottle (empty)
# Two Used 5 gallon Corny kegs (may have labels)
# 15 feet of Thick Wall Gas Line
# Two Picnic Taps and Dispensing Hoses with regular barbed beer disconnects
# Gas disconnects with MFL threaded barbs

Keep in mind, the kegs in this kit are used soda kegs, so not new. My LHBS has a lot of kegging supplies. Check out this link to see their kits. Their prices seem pretty fair, but I haven't really shopped. Since they're local, there's no shipping for me when buying from them.

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I didn't buy mine all at once, but my LHBS sells a kits. This one is $227 USD.

# Dual Guage Regulator
# New 5# CO2 bottle (empty)
# Two Used 5 gallon Corny kegs (may have labels)
# 15 feet of Thick Wall Gas Line
# Two Picnic Taps and Dispensing Hoses with regular barbed beer disconnects
# Gas disconnects with MFL threaded barbs

Keep in mind, the kegs in this kit are used soda kegs, so not new. My LHBS has a lot of kegging supplies. Check out this link to see their kits. Their prices seem pretty fair, but I haven't really shopped. Since they're local, there's no shipping for me when buying from them.
Cheers, ye there kits seem good, just need to find someone like them in the UK

Thanks for your help
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You should be able to find used Cornelius kegs in Europe. I have a Cornelius keg made in Germany so they should be out there. ( it actually says west Germany so you know it's pretty old )

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