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Old 02-17-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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If I brew a beer for kegging, but I'm not ready to hook it up to the kegerator, can I put it in the keg without priming sugar or refrigeration to condition til I'm ready to hook up to CO2/kegerator?

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Old 02-17-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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If I brew a beer for kegging, but I'm not ready to hook it up to the kegerator, can I put it in the keg without priming sugar or refrigeration to condition til I'm ready to hook up to CO2/kegerator?
Certainly! A keg is just really a big bottle, when you think about it. Sanitize the keg, of course, and then store it where it's convenient. You can prime it if you want, or you can just wait and force carb it. Either way is fine.
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Might want to do a co2 flush first to prevent oxidizing?

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Yes. After you put the lid on, hit it with enough CO2 to not only purge the oxygen, but also seal the keg. Many times a keg will not properly seal without doing it.

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Yes. After you put the lid on, hit it with enough CO2 to not only purge the oxygen, but also seal the keg. Many times a keg will not properly seal without doing it.
What is enough? 30psi?
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I do 30.

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I don't think it's so much about psi. I just hook mine up to the CO2, let it fill up and then give the pressure relief valve a few good pulls until I "feel" that all the oxygen is replaced by CO2. Next I spray the entire top of the keg with Star San and look for bubbles.

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Once you siphon the beer into the keg, add the priming sugar, and force all the oxy out, how long should you let it condition? Also, I have a nitrogen tank and regulator from a guinness jocky box I've used, whats the rule on using nitrogen to fill the keg?

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Once you siphon the beer into the keg, add the priming sugar, and force all the oxy out, how long should you let it condition? Also, I have a nitrogen tank and regulator from a guinness jocky box I've used, whats the rule on using nitrogen to fill the keg?
You don't have to use any priming sugar if you don't want to, you can always force carbonate: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/keg-force-carbing-methods-illustrated-73328/

If you want to carbonate naturally in the keg, try one of the methods displayed here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/keg-conditioning-171194/ usually it takes about 3 weeks to condition.

You want to carbonate in the keg by Force Carbing with CO2, or you can naturally carbonate in the keg, but only use the nitrogen or beer gas for serving, not carbonating.
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Just siphoned my Canadian Ale into a soda keg, hooked it up to CO2 @ 15 psi, pulled the pressure valve a few times, unhooked, rolled it in my lap for a few minutes, hooked it back up to CO2 @ 12 psi. Going to leave it for a week while I get my kegerator built, and see how it went! Thanks for the help.

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