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Old 11-04-2009, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default Kegging small batches (3.5 gallons in Corny Kegs)

I just brewed my first all grain batch, but due to the constraints on the size of my kettle (only 5 gallon), I can only make 3.5 gallon batches with the help of FermCapS. I also just put in my order from kegconnection.com for 2 corny kegs and lines.

So being a kegging newb, what issues should I be concerned about kegging small batches?

I'm thinking to purge all the air out of the keg prior to racking. That way no air should be in there at all. And/or purging after racking. Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 11-04-2009, 11:31 PM   #2
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I don't see any problems with kegging smaller batches. After the beer is in the keg, fill with CO2, purge the air by opening the release valve for a few seconds, and then turn on the CO2 again.

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Old 11-05-2009, 02:09 AM   #3
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How bout if I don't plan on force carbing the beer and use priming sugar? (This is just a what if in case I ever want to go that route)

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use beersmith to tell you how much priming sugar to use

or mr tastys calculator

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Old 11-05-2009, 07:17 AM   #5
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add your priming sugar, and just make sure you purge the keg first

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Old 11-05-2009, 02:06 PM   #6
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The extra head space will throw off your priming calculations for natural carbing.

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Old 11-05-2009, 07:46 PM   #7
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Scimmia, any way to compensate for that?

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I'm sure there's a formula somewhere that takes more head space into account, but I have no idea where it is.

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