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Old 07-28-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default First time kegging and overwhelmed with methods!

I know there's a thread on this, but I wanted to make sure I have a good understanding so I don't screw anything up. I just have a couple questions regarding kegging that I hope someone could help me with. I plan on kegging tomorrow for the first time. It's an American wheat that's been in the primary going on 1 month. One, do I transfer the beer to the corny tonight, and let it sit in the kegerator at 42 degrees overnight to help dissolve the CO2 more, or should I just transfer it tomorrow and carbonate right away? Second, I've been told the easiest way to force carb the beer is to set it at the respective pressure and let it sit for a week. In this case, a wheat asks for about 2-2.5 volumes, so 11-12 psi at 42 degrees. After a week, relieve the pressure (do I do this until I don't hear anything escaping) and then set it at serving pressure, 4-6 psi? Again, I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I want to ensure I have everything correct. Thank you!

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Old 07-28-2011, 06:08 PM   #2
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You can go ahead and rack the beer to the keg and hook it up to CO2 immediately. Put the keg in the kegerator at 42 degrees, set the regulator to 12 psi (depending on the volumes of CO2 you want) and don't ever change the regulator pressure. Using the set and forget method you use the same pressure to carb and serve your beer. Pull a pint in a week and check the carb level. It will take 2-3 weeks to fully carb. One more suggestion, get 10' beer lines.

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After I transfer beer to my keg, I purge the o2 then I put a 10 psi cap on it, turn off co2 and crash the keg to ~40*. 24 hrs later, I turn the co2 to 30 psi for 24 hours then turn it back down to the desired carbing pressure for another week. At that point it's ready to go. Serving pressure varies, but 4-6 psi is pretty norm.

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I'd ignore the last sentence in the previous post. I'm not a big fan of "serving pressure".

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You can go ahead and rack the beer to the keg and hook it up to CO2 immediately. Put the keg in the kegerator at 42 degrees, set the regulator to 12 psi (depending on the volumes of CO2 you want) and don't ever change the regulator pressure. Using the set and forget method you use the same pressure to carb and serve your beer. Pull a pint in a week and check the carb level. It will take 2-3 weeks to fully carb. One more suggestion, get 10' beer lines.
+1 This is exactly how I do it. Rack it to the keg, set it between 9 and 12 psi depending on the style, and let it sit for 1-2 weeks then serve at the same pressure. I started with 5' lines and was getting way too much head. Switched to 10' lines and it pours great!
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Great, thanks for the help guys. I think my lines might be a little more than 5 feet. If I notice a considerable amount of foam, I will go get some longer lines. And lastly, when you say let it sit for a couple weeks and then pour, I can just keep the pressure on 12 until the beer is gone?

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i rack into keg the night before, then put in kegerator. force carb the next morning. im sure you want to try it out since youve never kegged on before, so why wait a week? the carbonation will get better in a week, but force it so you can drink it this weekend.

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You don't need to do anything with regard to "serving pressure," echoing what BobbyM said. Any reduction in foaming you get from dropping your PSI can be achieved through longer beer lines.

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Great, thanks for the help guys. I think my lines might be a little more than 5 feet. If I notice a considerable amount of foam, I will go get some longer lines. And lastly, when you say let it sit for a couple weeks and then pour, I can just keep the pressure on 12 until the beer is gone?
Yes, keep the pressure the same until you are done with your keg. When you pour a glass it reduces the head space in the keg which then fills with more CO2. It will equalize itself so no need to adjust the psi as you run through the keg.
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Awesome, thanks for the clarification!

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