After a few years on not home brewing, I am beginning making my own beer again. Previously, I used to bottle my beers - mainly stout.
My wife has given me permission to buy a kegging system as it'll be easier than bottling and save on the glassware.
As I am originally from the UK, I do not want my beer ice-cold. For me, a best bitter or scottish style ale tastes great at the temp of my basement (55-60F). So, I plan on storing my legged beer in my basement. So, a couple of questions:
1. If I want to force Carbonate, do I need to chill the kegs as part of the carbonation process?
2. Presumably, if I use corn syrup to do a natural carbonation, this would be done at room temp?
3. Ball-lock or Pin-lock, does it really matter?
4. 5lb CO2 tank or 10lb CO2 tank?
Other comments would be helpful.