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Old 05-14-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Switching between two kegs in a single kegerator

I have a single tap kegerator with one corny keg full of homebrew already hooked up. I am thinking of ordering a second corny and making another batch of brew. The problem is that the second batch will be ready well before I finish off the keg that's currently in the kegerator. Can I just untap the current keg and then tap the new keg when its done brewing? I want to have the option to drink from either keg. I feel like I should be cleaning the lines each time I switch between the kegs, but I'm not sure the best way to do it. I usually clean the lines as I clean an empty keg by running the cleaner/water/sanitizer from the keg through the lines. I can't do this if both kegs are filled with beer. I see two options if I want to have both beers available to drink.

1) order a third keg which would be used for rinsing the lines whenever I want to switch kegs.

2) Step it up and convert my kegerator into a dual tap system.

Does anybody see any other ways of accomplishing this? Thanks for any help.

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Old 05-15-2010, 12:21 AM   #2
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They sell kits to pump solution through the lines. You could also create your own set up or go with the extra keg, which is probably the easiest & cheapest way. In pinch you can pull the valve from the QD and slowly pour solution into the QD and let that flow into your lines.

I'd do #2 if you can afford to do so. I have three taps which is just right for me. Two was not enough and more than 3 is overkill for me as I have a hard enough time deciding between 3 beers.

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Old 05-15-2010, 12:41 AM   #3
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Stop over thinking it!

Switch the line all you want. The act of switching a line doesn't make it any dirtier than leaving it on one keg. If you weren't going to clean the lines today anyway, switching kegs shouldn't change anything. Clean them when they are dirty.

Swap kegs, and pour. Just be aware that the first ounce is going to be a blend of both beers. After that, you're golden

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Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

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Stop over thinking it!

Switch the line all you want. The act of switching a line doesn't make the line need cleaning any more than leaving the line on one keg. If you weren't going to clean the lines today anyway, switching kegs shouldn't change anything.

Swap kegs, and pour. Just be aware that the first ounce is going to be a blend of both beers. After that, you're golden

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+1 No need to clean lines that often.
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I'm all about the "just switch the line and drink" method. But you don't think that will mess with the flavors too much after the first few ounces?

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Nope, won't mess with the flavors at all after the first pour, and even that won't be very noticeable if you pour a full beer. Switch it and drink up.

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I don't see any issues coming from inside the lines other than the 'blended' 1st pour.

The posts might need to be sanitized before reconnecting them after sitting unconnected though.

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I just did this the other day. Had a stout hooked up first, then switched to an IPA when my buddy wanted to try it. Just poured 1/2 a glass of the mix , dumped it, and was golden from then on.

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Just poured 1/2 a glass of the mix , chugged it, and was golden from then on.
Fixed that for ya.
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+1 ^^^ They charge extra for the blended stuff in some countries!

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