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Old 05-14-2008, 09:29 PM   #1
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I have yet to start kegging, but may be in the near future. I will be taking a batch with me on a trip to a cabin in July, and have been looking at this little setup to take:

http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=9

My question is:
-Is the hose for dispensing long enough? I thought I had read that you need a certain length of tubing to avoid excessive foaming.

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Old 05-14-2008, 09:54 PM   #2
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Should be fine. I use a pieced together one very much like that.

The faucet line is going to be longer than that, you can ask Todd @ keg connection if your concerned. The faucet is designed for low-foam I think too.

You can also find 14g CO2 canisters that fit the charger at Academy or any other sports store in the paintball area. I don't know about this "oil" in the cannister, so perhaps someone else will pipe in with some insight.

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Old 05-14-2008, 09:55 PM   #3
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With that setup your keg needs to already be carbonated, and the co2 charger basically provides just enough c02 to push the beer out, I don't believe it's enough co2 to maintain 10-12psi like most home systems do. That being said, I would have 5 to 6 feet of beer line handy just in case.

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Just thinking on something like this myself... Quick question though. Let's say I have a keg in my kegerator, held at 40F, 12PSI, and its fully carbed to 2.4ish volumes.

If I remove this keg to transport it somewhere and serve with this type set-up, will I lose the carbonation when the beer in the keg warms during transport? Obviously less CO2 can stay in solution at the warmer temp. How long will it take the CO2 in the headspace to re-dissolve, so to speak, once you get the keg on ice and back down to 40F or so. Or am I missing something all together here?

I'm no science whiz...

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I tend to believe Todd's warning about using food grade CO2 chargers. They are widely available on the internet for use in seltzer bottles (search for seltzer chargers if you have trouble finding them) and are relatively inexpensive.

I'm interested in RoaringBrewers question, as I am planning on bringing kegged beer to some events later this year. My intuition is that if just left alone, it might take up to several days for the co2 to go back into solution once the keg was rechilled. However, once it's cold, I don't see why you couldn't use the standard shake and wait a couple hours force carbing method.

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My intuition is that if just left alone, it might take up to several days for the co2 to go back into solution once the keg was rechilled. However, once it's cold, I don't see why you couldn't use the standard shake and wait a couple hours force carbing method.
This is what I was thinking also... I took a keg out of my kegerator before that was fully carbed and let it sit at room temp for a week. When I put it back in, it took about 3-5 days to recarb.

Maybe the "de-carbing" wouldn't be as bad for only a 1-3 hour trip (versus 1 week), but I don't know. I guess ultimately I am just trying to figure out if I will need to transport the keg already on ice or what, so it doesn't lose its carb-level.

Also, I guess this would be different for a naturally carbed keg versus forced? A bottle at room temp is still carbed if done naturally... however, I rarely naturally carb a keg, so that won't be my case.
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those bulbs can definitely maintain 10-12 psi. but you'll use a lot more CO2 doing it that way.

as long as you maintain some pressure, and keep it cold, the keg won't lose noticable carbonation/CO2 volumes.

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For the price of the CO2 pump-thinger-ma-jigger, cartridges, etc. I wonder if its not more economical to just buy a 2.5lb CO2 tank for travelling/dispensing at parties?

It's $40 for the "Kit" of hand-held CO2, extra carts, and picnic tap from kegconnection. I am pretty sure I saw 2.5lb CO2 tanks for not a whole lot more than that... Maybe $50-80? Or maybe I'm nuts...

EDIT: http://www.beveragefactory.com/C25H.shtml - $58 + S/H

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Transporting kegs is no different then transporting bottles as far as the carbonation goes. I have let kegs warm up and then cooled them back down and had no noticeable change in carbonation.

Roaring, you can probably get a 2.5 lb CO2 tank for that, but you would still need to add a regulator etc... which will put you back in the $100 range.

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Transporting kegs is no different then transporting bottles as far as the carbonation goes. I have let kegs warm up and then cooled them back down and had no noticeable change in carbonation.

Roaring, you can probably get a 2.5 lb CO2 tank for that, but you would still need to add a regulator etc... which will put you back in the $100 range.
Good point, forgot the reg... was thinking too simple. Guess I'll try to cartridge route. I don't intend on needing to use it more than a few times a year. Parties at my place, I just use the kegerator...
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