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jiggs_casey 07-01-2011 02:45 AM

making my first keg buy tomorrow, have questions!
 
Kinda sick of bottling so tomorrow, I'm picking up a corny keg from the lhbs. They have quite a few of them for $40 a pop.

First, is $40 high? From what I've seen, that seems about right.

Second, is there anything I need to watch out for when buying them? Seals / dents / whatever...

Third, when using them, I'm assuming you prep the beer the same as you would for bottling? 3/4 cup dextrose per 5 gallons?

Thanks!

lumpher 07-01-2011 02:50 AM

40 is ok these days for pickup. kegs are usually around 30 years old these days, so a few dents are expected, but they should hold carbonation; otherwise, the lhbs has no right to sell them. for sugar, i use 1/3 cup. it's a lot more efficient in a keg. you'll probably get answers from 2-4 oz on this question, though

pm5k00 07-01-2011 03:02 AM

40 for a ball lock is ok, 35 if its a pin lock, also if you carb with priming sugar you will have alot more trub in the keg than if you force carb with c02, both ways work tho.

JoeyChopps 07-01-2011 03:04 AM

If u are going to carb the beer that way I have heard of people cutting part of the dip tube off so as not to suck up the trub that comes from priming another option is force carbing with co2

TrainSafe 07-01-2011 03:07 AM

I'd say don't waste time trimming the tube. Just pour the first glass or two and toss it. All the sediment will be gone.

lumpher 07-01-2011 03:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrainSafe (Post 3050934)
I'd say don't waste time trimming the tube. Just pour the first glass or two and toss it. All the sediment will be gone.

+1 to pouring off the first pint or so. it's what i do

jiggs_casey 07-01-2011 03:15 AM

In regards to co2 tanks, is there a 'recommended' size? How many pounds / ounces can I expect to use on a 5 gallon keg?

I have a line on a 10# tank for $40.

TrainSafe 07-01-2011 03:23 AM

A 5# is plenty, but for that price, I'd jump all over that 10. Just check the hydrotest date. Depending on where you fill, they need to be tested after either 5 years or 10 years.

NWMOBrewer 07-01-2011 04:19 AM

What LHBS has them for 40? I found 45 in Shawnee.

JWS 07-01-2011 04:20 PM

I would like to know where as well....the only two I know in town is Shawnee and Olathe. Are you talking about Kraus in Independence?


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