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Old 04-10-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default New to kegging, anything I should know

Just got kegging equipment as a gift from the SWMBO and am excited to say goodbye to bottling! I've been doing my best to read up on the process on the forums and watch stuff on YouTube. Is there any advice that you wish someone had told you about kegging before you started that you found out the hard way? Any tricks of the trade that might make things smoother? I've got a chest freezer ready to go, a used 5 gallon ball lock corny, a used 10lb Co2 tank, dual regulator taprite Co2 gauge, picnic tap, appropriate tubing and all MFL connections. Little nervous about force carbing for the first time. Thanks all, excited to enter the world of keg!

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Old 04-10-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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The gas-in and liquid-out posts are NOT the same. You cannot interchange them. It is crucial that you keep track of which is which, and don't accidentally attach the "gas-in" post to the port with the liquid-out dip tube. The nut at the base of the "gas-in" post has little notches etched into it. You cannot use it as a "liquid-out" post.

Also, when you connect your gas regulator to your CO2 tank, there's a little plastic/rubber/vinyl/whatever washer that's supposed to go inside that connection to give you a good seal. If you omit that washer, you will have a leak and will waste a tank of gas.

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Balance your setup so you get the right flow. This includes proper hose length and pressure.
Read the we need no stinking beer gun post. Great way to bottle from a keg.

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My guess is that the beer lines that shipped with your kit aren't long enough. You will want to replace them with longer lengths in order to balance your system.

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temp controller for freezer?

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Keep a copy of this carbonation table handy, as you will need it...

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Also, when you connect your gas regulator to your CO2 tank, there's a little plastic/rubber/vinyl/whatever washer that's supposed to go inside that connection to give you a good seal. If you omit that washer, you will have a leak and will waste a tank of gas.
He said he had a taprite reg. When I got my taprite it said not to use that washer bc it has a built in o ring. Mine doesnt leak, and I dont use the washer.
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Awesome input everyone, much appreciated. Those carbonation charts look pretty useful, I just wish they could incorporate how much time to keep the keg at a set temp and PSI. Anyway, really appreciate all your tips.

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Awesome input everyone, much appreciated. Those carbonation charts look pretty useful, I just wish they could incorporate how much time to keep the keg at a set temp and PSI. Anyway, really appreciate all your tips.
I thinks its like fermenting. Set it and come back in 2-3 weeks. Pour and taste. 3 pours of the same carbonation is done. Move to secondary drinking stage. (Drink away and share)
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I thinks its like fermenting. Set it and come back in 2-3 weeks. Pour and taste. 3 pours of the same carbonation is done. Move to secondary drinking stage. (Drink away and share)
Or fast carb and drink it the next day. Don't believe everything you hear about "set it and forget it". Fast carbing achieves the same result in a fraction of the time. I don't know about you but I brew beer to drink it. Not take up space in my garage
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