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nicadrick 12-08-2009 06:42 PM

So I think I want to start kegging...
 
So I am brewing like a mad man, drinking at my regular pace and I find my self giving lots of brew away to friends and neighbors, etc.

This hole bottling thing is getting kind of old, sounds like I should start brewing larger batches that will enable me to keg the majority, and bottle some for portability, and aging, etc.

Here's my question is this: Do I need store my full kegs chilled? I can see having 2-4 taps eventually, but to start, likely just one or two.

Be gentle! ;)

IrregularPulse 12-08-2009 06:47 PM

Kegs can be stored at room temp. Just think of a keg as a big bottle. All the same applies except means of carbonation and pouring. Just rack to the keg, (instead of bottling bucket minus priming solution) Blast with 30psi to seal lid.
Now if you want it ready to serve you'll want it cold. Temperature will effect the psi required to carbonate it. I store them warm if I have a pipeline, then it take 1-2 weeks from the time I toss it in the keezer to when I hook up the beer out line and pull the tap.
You can keg with priming sugar just like bottles and store warm, then when you put it in the keezer it would have the co2 in the keg but will need a couple days still being cold to absorb the co2.

mosquitocontrol 12-08-2009 06:53 PM

If you prime the keg with sugar is it necessary to purge with co2?

IrregularPulse 12-08-2009 06:54 PM

You'll still want to because it will take quite a few days for the priming sugar to put off any co2 to seal the lid.

Mountainbeers 12-08-2009 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mosquitocontrol (Post 1727027)
If you prime the keg with sugar is it necessary to purge with co2?

I have the same question. Seems like purging would be good to seal the lid but would this over carbonate?

mosquitocontrol 12-08-2009 06:58 PM

Not to turn this into the kegging dumb question thread... but do you need disconnects on kegs when they are not hooked up to a line? Like just sealed and waiting?

Clonefarmer 12-08-2009 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mountainbeers (Post 1727038)
I have the same question. Seems like purging would be good to seal the lid but would this over carbonate?

Purging at around 5 psi should be enough to seal the lid, but not over carbonate

Clonefarmer 12-08-2009 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mosquitocontrol (Post 1727044)
Not to turn this into the kegging dumb question thread... but do you need disconnects on kegs when they are not hooked up to a line? Like just sealed and waiting?

Nope, the disconnects stay attached to the lines. When they are removed the keg remains sealed.


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