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Old 11-23-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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im going to be getting akegging system for xmas. i have a batch that i need to bottle. can i pick up a corney keg an prime my beer and put it in a keg till xmas?
or should i just pick up some more bottles?

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Old 11-23-2009, 07:25 PM   #2
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You can prime with sugar in a keg. Should not be a problem.

The real question is: can you wait until after Xmas to drink your beer?

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Old 11-23-2009, 07:38 PM   #3
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A keg is just like a big bottle. You can age beer in it as well. The only issue I see is that you cannot purge the oxygen out of the keg. Once filled you need to put the keg on gas and pull the relief a few times to make sure there's no oxygen in the kegs headspace.

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Old 11-23-2009, 07:39 PM   #4
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You could always chuck a little hunk of dry ice in it and use the released CO2 to purge the air out and get a good seal on the keg.

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Old 11-23-2009, 08:09 PM   #5
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Just need to see if I can find a place to get a keg locally.

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Or you could: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/chea...ornies-139863/

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Old 11-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #7
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Ordered the 2 keg party kit. It's technically a christmas gift.
So when I get it I should soak the keg in oxyclean, then sanitize, put my cream ale in close it up. Then just purge the o2 and seet the lid? Then I can just leave it disconnected from the co2 until Xmas when I get my freezer?

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Old 11-29-2009, 04:59 PM   #8
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I'm on my second attempt with a corney. The first time I just force carbed and I got a terrific Ale in about 1 week. This time I added 3/4 cup of priming sugar to the batch (I made 10 bottles too) before kegging it. I have it under pressure at 12PSI. Am I going to over carb this? Am I screwing this up.

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I've made a good 10+ batches of beer and prime the keg, let it sit, and then when I need it, put it on gas. I've never had an issue with overcarbing.
The only thing I will say, I have read somewhere when I started researching getting into this hobby, I went straight to kegging, that you only need 1/3 cup of sugar to prime a keg with.

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that you only need 1/3 cup of sugar to prime a keg with.
this is true, it is much less than bottling the same volume. I overcarbed a couple before I learned that.

The beauty of it is that you can just purge out the gas over a couple of day and fix it no problems. No such thing as keg bombs. (well, I guess you never say never, but if someone has blown up a corny, I want to hear about that!
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