Originally Posted by chadm817
I Am on my second batch of homebrew. My first batch are in bottles and have been carbonating for 4 days. I tried it early like I am sure everyone does on their first batch and it wasn't carbonated so I'll try one in a week or so. Anyway I have the equipment for keg and no more available bottles so I figured this would be a great time to get experience kegging. I've watched some videos and read but they haven't answered my questions. So here they are: - I have bottled co2 but hypothetically could I use priming sugar if needed and carb that way? - ok so I but the beer in the keg and I hook up co2. The co2 can't go in the fridge right? - how do I get the beer cold and carbonated then? - do I need a fridge with a hole in it for the tubes to run out of fridge for the co2? -once I force carbonation how long does the beer last? Thank you in advance..... Newbie!!
Most force carb (use bottled CO2 for carbonation and serving), but some use sugar to carb and CO2 to serve. So to answer your question you CAN use sugar.
CO2 CAN go in the fridge. That's where mine is. It makes telling how full your canister is a little more tricky, but it works fine.
Like I said, CO2 and keg in the fridge. Both cold, beer carbed.
Fridge with hole: you don't need to do it that way, but some do. If your fridge is small, drill a hole. If your option is a single tower, single keg with CO2 canister inside OR dual tower, dual keg with the canister outside, DRILL THAT HOLE!
Once force carbed (and it is even better if you can purge your keg of oxygen first to get rid of all of it), a keg will last a long time. I brewed an Oktoberfest in March for a party last weekend (early November). After brewing, I kegged it and put it on CO2 to carb and lager at the same time. Once lagered for a month (early April), it sat in my basement all summer. Tossed it back in the kegerator two weeks ago and it was a hit at the party.
Good luck with the kegging. Also, if you have any equipment issues/questions, there is a dedicated kegging section on these forums that is a great resource.
P.S. If your kegging system came with 4-5' beer lines, replace them. Seems to be too short for any system. I've heard a hundred people complain about foamy pours, and I've never once seen someone defend a 5' line... Go right to 10'.