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Old 06-04-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Hi, have an important question: I have a family reunion coming up, and would like to bring my homebrew along for everyone to enjoy. The beer is already brewed, and carbed, with a CO2 hookup, and is in a keg/fridge at 36degF, It is about a 2hour drive, and I am wondering if i were to just load the whole kegerator (not very tall), would the ride shake it up too much and mess up with the carbonation and cause it to pour foamy all night ?? any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated, thank you

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Old 06-04-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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if it stayed at 36, shaking won't make any CO2 come out of solution.
warm it up, and CO2 will come out, into the headspace of the beer.
cool it down again, and it might take some shaking to get it in equilibrium again.

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Co2 will not come out of solution if you warm it up unless you vent the headspace.
The only issue is that of sediment. If it dropped clear in the keg, it will pour cloudy for a while.

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You won't lose any carbonation, but it will pour foamy after being agitated (just like a can of soda). It should only take letting it sit at serving temp for ~1 hr to get it to settle down, so if you can show up a little early and get it set up that would be best. As Bobby said, you'll probably stir up the sediment on the bottom of the keg though. I like to rack off of the sediment to a clean keg when I'm going to be transporting beer like that.

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You won't lose any carbonation, but it will pour foamy after being agitated (just like a can of soda). It should only take letting it sit at serving temp for ~1 hr to get it to settle down, so if you can show up a little early and get it set up that would be best. As Bobby said, you'll probably stir up the sediment on the bottom of the keg though. I like to rack off of the sediment to a clean keg when I'm going to be transporting beer like that.
I've heard you recommend racking a carbed beer, for a situation such as this. What's your process for this, and how much carbonation do you loose in the process? Using a racking cane or co2?
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I've heard you recommend racking a carbed beer, for a situation such as this. What's your process for this, and how much carbonation do you loose in the process? Using a racking cane or co2?
You do a keg to keg transfer, bev line to bev line. When I get home I will post additional info, doing this from my phone. (unless someone beats me to it.)
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You do a keg to keg transfer, bev line to bev line. When I get home I will post additional info, doing this from my phone. (unless someone beats me to it.)
Ah. Sounds like a lot of wasted co2
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Ah. Sounds like a lot of wasted co2
No, it doesn't have to be. You can do it via siphon. You can just bump a little pressure into the full keg, put it at a higher level, and connect the kegs. Either both kegs need to have their gas posts open, or you can do a "jumper" hose between the two gas posts to maintain equilibrium. Gravity will do the work just fine.
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Hi

There is a *lot* of thermal mass in a keg full of beer. Wrap it up in a bunch of blankets and it should stay pretty cold the whole way. To be double sure, pack some "blue ice" frozen plastic gizmos in around it.

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No, it doesn't have to be. You can do it via siphon. You can just bump a little pressure into the full keg, put it at a higher level, and connect the kegs. Either both kegs need to have their gas posts open, or you can do a "jumper" hose between the two gas posts to maintain equilibrium. Gravity will do the work just fine.
Ah interesting. I'll have to give that some thought. Thanks.
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