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Old 01-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #11
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You want to keep it connected to CO2 to pressurize and for serving. Are you planning on using a picnic tap?
+1. If using the picnic style tap, it isnt a bad idea to disconnect the beer out line at the end of a drinking session because if you look around the forum you will see many a "I came home to a keezer full of beer and no gas left in my CO2 tank" posting.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:44 PM   #12
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Great suggestions thank you! Yes I have a picnic tap for now.

Another question just came up. I will need to have the keg lying on its side in the frig to fit. Is that ok? Can I serve/pour beer when it I on its side or does it have to be standing up? (It's probably a silly question)

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It really should be standing. There is a tube that reaches to the bottom of the keg, as well as a much shorter tube that supplies CO2. Ideally you want to keep beer out of the CO2 lines. Laying down will probably cause some problems. It will probably work for a while, but you might have issues when the keg gets less than half full.

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Since the dip tubes on a keg go to the bottom and the gas in on the top, that is probably not the greatest idea. The kegs are made to be upright, and as a result you really wouldnt want to leave them on their sides for serving. Storage would be another story and wouldnt be a problem though. You definitely do not want to lay your CO2 tank on its side.

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Here's a tip I didn't see yet: When you first rack your beer into the keg and put the top back on, connect your CO2 and hit the keg with 30psi. This will help seal your lid better. Vent the keg and repeat 3 more times. This will help purge oxygen from the top of the keg and replace the head space with CO2. Then, after venting that fourth time, set your keg to desired carbonating pressure. I am a big fan of the set and forget method.

One other tip...always do a soap bubble leak check of your keg after its filled and pressurized for carbing. You don't want to lose precious CO2 because the keg has a small leak from a fitting.

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I just started Kegging as well. Some good tips here.

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