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Old 07-24-2013, 04:07 AM   #1
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Ok so I just received my new keg setup purchased from morebeer. I have a citra ale that has been dry hopped for 10 days. I am currently on the hunt for a new kegerator or fridge that I can convert. Can I keg my citra and just let it sit at room temp like I used to do with bottles or should I wait and keg it when I have a way of refrigerating the keg

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:18 AM   #2
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Ok so I just received my new keg setup purchased from morebeer. I have a citra ale that has been dry hopped for 10 days. I am currently on the hunt for a new kegerator or fridge that I can convert. Can I keg my citra and just let it sit at room temp like I used to do with bottles or should I wait and keg it when I have a way of refrigerating the keg
Are you planning on force or natural carbing? Force carbing should be done with refrigeration while natural carbing will be able to be done at room temp.
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Are you planning on force or natural carbing? Force carbing should be done with refrigeration while natural carbing will be able to be done at room temp.
By natural carbing you mean using priming sugar
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By natural carbing you mean using priming sugar
Yes.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:11 AM   #5
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Yes.
I was planning on force carbing by putting about 12 lbs in and letting it sit at room temp. If I prime it with sugar naturally how much c02 would I want to put in if the keg will be sitting at room temp
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I was planning on force carbing by putting about 12 lbs in and letting it sit at room temp. If I prime it with sugar naturally how much c02 would I want to put in if the keg will be sitting at room temp
You won't get a your desired carbonation level force carbing at room temp. There are calculators out there that will help you determine where to set your regulator at a certain degree.

If you natural carb I would set the lid by hitting it with 20-30 psi then disconnect the co2 an turn down to 12. Purge the 20-30 psi to remove the oxygen from the head space and connect the gas again and purge the head space by pulling the relief valve a few times for a few seconds then take the gas off and let it prime for a few weeks. All this of course after adding the priming sugar.

I have not yet tried the natural carbing in a keg but have been planning on trying it because my keg fridge recently has been used as a fermentation chamber.
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you can put C02 on it and purge out any O2. then it can sit for sometime.

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You can force carbonate to a desired level at any temp you want. Just reference any carbonation table...

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What's the psi rating on a corny keg? I was nervous about setting it at or above 30psi for extended periods of time. Not to mention it would take more gas.

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What's the psi rating on a corny keg? I was nervous about setting it at or above 30psi for extended periods of time. Not to mention it would take more gas.
30 psi scared the heck out of me the first time, but it'll hold. Look on the side of the keg - it probably says "Do not exceed 180 psi" or some huge, way-beyond homebrewers' needs on there.

Just make sure it's sealed around the lid and the posts - otherwise that pressure will leak out fast.
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