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Old 08-03-2014, 05:41 AM   #1
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okay so this may be a stupid question, but can you use these kegs to keg small batches like the 1 gallon kits from Northern Brewer? is the .7 gallons of headspace too much? I assume that the co2 will fill up the space like a normal keg that is getting low, but am I over looking something? I am new to homebrewing and would like to start with small batch kits but also avoid the hassle of bottling.

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Old 08-03-2014, 05:52 AM   #2
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You could fill the space or just make a 1.5 gal batch

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Old 08-03-2014, 06:00 AM   #3
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Sure! Just make sure you purge the keg properly.

True story:

I was hammered one night (Who knew!), and decided at 2am that it was a great time to keg my latest batch. I set everything up and began the siphon into the keg.

Oops! Gotta go pee...

I come back in a bit only to find I was siphoning my beer onto the floor! Drunk ass never put the tube into the keg! Lol! Wife... not happy.

I ended up only getting about 2 gallons into the 5 gallon keg. Doh! The Beer Gods were not the only ones weeping that cursed night!

On the plus side, my beer carbed up rather quickly! Probably because I had 3 gallons of headspace...



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Ha... The beer gods pissed on you!

Your not the only one....

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The trick is to fill the left over space with co2. This goes for any time you keg....

Purge the keg with co2 before adding the beer, by putting the gas in line on, turn on gas to 10-15psi, let it fill (listen), pull the pressure release valve on top of the keg for a couple seconds, repeat twice.

Then gently remove the lid the top of the keg and siphon the beer to the bottom trying not to disturb the cloud of co2 so much.

Once full, button it up and purge again.

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:25 PM   #6
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thank you for the information and the fast replies

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If you don't have bulk co2 to carb you're beer. You might want to consider natural carbing in the keg instead of using the expensive cartridges. Use about half the priming sugar you'd use if bottling. Then just use the cartridges to maintain pressure and dispense.

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