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Old 08-16-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default First time kegging - any last minute tips?

I'm kegging my first beer tonight (first kegged, not first brewed). It's a DFH 60 minute clone that has been sitting in the primary for the last 5.5 weeks, dry hopping for the last 8 days and cold crashed for the last 24 hours. For carbing I intend on using higher pressure for 24 hours followed by dropping it to serving pressure so I can hopefully sample it at the weekend.

Any last minute tips/advice?

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Make sure you're clean and sanitized and prepared for some good beer!

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Purge your sanitized keg with CO2 before you rack your beer.
Connect the hose on your racking cane to barbed swivel nut. Attach the swivel nut to a "beverage out" quick disconnect. Siphon your beer into your keg via the quick disconnect attached to the "beverage out" post on your keg. Vent the keg pressure as the beer is being siphoned in.
No chance of oxidation if you follow this method.

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Purge your sanitized keg with CO2 before you rack your beer.
Connect the hose on your racking cane to barbed swivel nut. Attach the swivel nut to a "beverage out" quick disconnect. Siphon your beer into your keg via the quick disconnect attached to the "beverage out" post on your keg. Vent the keg pressure as the beer is being siphoned in.
No chance of oxidation if you follow this method.
What if you do not have a racking cane or barbed swivel nut?
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I just open the top of the keg, siphon it in, making sure not to splash it around. Then when full I will purge with C02, pressurize and let it sit for a week or so to get carbonation.

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Don't think to much. Put the beer in there, connect the gas and purge the oxygen.

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Buy an autosiphon, barbed swivel nut and (optionally) a length of tubing sufficient to reach from your primary to your keg.
Attach swivel nut to autosiphon hose (or your recently purchsed tubing, if you replaced the autosiphon hose with it).
Purge your sanitized keg with CO2 before you rack your beer.
Connect the hose on your racking cane to barbed swivel nut. Attach the swivel nut to a "beverage out" quick disconnect. Siphon your beer into your keg via the quick disconnect attached to the "beverage out" post on your keg. Vent the keg pressure as the beer is being siphoned in.
No chance of oxidation if you follow this method.

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For carbing I intend on using higher pressure for 24 hours followed by dropping it to serving pressure so I can hopefully sample it at the weekend.

Any last minute tips/advice?
36 hours at 30 psi seems to get me close...usually 24 hrs is a little flat FWIW...
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I kegged my first batch (first batch ever) about 2 weeks ago. I used this thread for suggestions, and basically followed Yooper's advice (pasted below). I had no problems. The beer took a few days to get some clarity and has been getting better every day. If you search, there are some threads that give advice about what pressure goes best with what style of beer. I did 12psi (at 6000 feet above sea level) for a pale ale and its perfect.

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Ok, if you want to carb fast, I'd totally change your procedure. Unless you like sediment filled foamy beer.

1. Clean and sanatize keg.(No S*** Sherlock)- Yep!
2. Fill keg with beer. Yep!
3. Pressurize keg with 30psi of CO2 and purge to clear out O2. Yep!
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4. Set in kegerator at 30 psi for 36 hours.
5. After 35 hours, purge and reset to 12 psi.
6. Pour about 3 ounces and discard (it'll be sludge)
7. Drink the keg.

I left off about 3 steps, plus the shaking/rolling part. I can see no advantage to shaking, except that you'll maybe have carbonated beer a day faster. But if you can't wait 36 hours to drink (and it'll take that long to cool anyway), then warm foamy beer with sediment might be good.

If you're not in a huge hurry:
1. Fill keg, and purge with co2 a couple of times.
2. Put in the kegerator at 12 psi.
3. come back in 10 days. Pour off the first three ounces. Drink the rest of the keg.
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Sounds good to me, but it reads like you need to drink the whole keg right away.

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