Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Newbie kegging question

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
WISAZ13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 12
Default Newbie kegging question

Have a dual tap kegerator already that fits two standard five gallon kegs (the kind you get from the liquor store--I'm not sure what those are called--ball lock maybe?).

I really want to keg my homebrews when I get finally finish a batch here. My question involves the priming sugar. I've read you need much less then if you bottle, but how much is right for a 5 gallon keg? Also, how long after I put the CO2 on it should it take to be drinkable?

Thanks again!

__________________
WISAZ13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
helibrewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
helibrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 3,176
Liked 186 Times on 168 Posts
Likes Given: 46

Default

So you plan to prime in the keg instead of force carbonating with CO2?

__________________
Something is always fermenting....
"It's Bahl Hornin'"

Primary:
Brite Tank/Lagering:
Kegged: Hefeweizen, Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, Kumquat Saison, Tart Cherry Cider, Belgian Tripel, Maibock Bock, Ommegang Abbey Ale Clone, Belgian Golden Strong, German Pils (WLP830)
Bottled: Belgian Quad (Grand Reserve), Derangement (Belgian Dark Strong)
On Deck:
My Site: www.restlesscellars.com
helibrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
helibrewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
helibrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 3,176
Liked 186 Times on 168 Posts
Likes Given: 46

Default

One example from BeerSmith:

Desired CO2 volume = 2.5
Temp: 55F
Batch: 5 gallons
Keg force carb: 20.28 psi
Keg prime: 1.89 oz sugar
bottle prime: 3.78 oz sugar

__________________
Something is always fermenting....
"It's Bahl Hornin'"

Primary:
Brite Tank/Lagering:
Kegged: Hefeweizen, Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, Kumquat Saison, Tart Cherry Cider, Belgian Tripel, Maibock Bock, Ommegang Abbey Ale Clone, Belgian Golden Strong, German Pils (WLP830)
Bottled: Belgian Quad (Grand Reserve), Derangement (Belgian Dark Strong)
On Deck:
My Site: www.restlesscellars.com
helibrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #4
WISAZ13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 12
Default

That was kind of my question... If I just force carbonation with the CO2 canister, is there any need force any priming sugar? Or do I just crank the gas onto it and that's it?

__________________
WISAZ13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
WISAZ13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 12
Default

*any need to use any priming sugar?

__________________
WISAZ13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
helibrewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
helibrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 3,176
Liked 186 Times on 168 Posts
Likes Given: 46

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WISAZ13 View Post
*any need to use any priming sugar?
If you force carbonate with CO2 you don't prime. There are charts that will tell you how much pressure you need to apply based on the liquids temperature to achieve a specific amount of dissolved CO2.
__________________
Something is always fermenting....
"It's Bahl Hornin'"

Primary:
Brite Tank/Lagering:
Kegged: Hefeweizen, Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, Kumquat Saison, Tart Cherry Cider, Belgian Tripel, Maibock Bock, Ommegang Abbey Ale Clone, Belgian Golden Strong, German Pils (WLP830)
Bottled: Belgian Quad (Grand Reserve), Derangement (Belgian Dark Strong)
On Deck:
My Site: www.restlesscellars.com
helibrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #7
Dan
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Dan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Makakilo, Hawaii
Posts: 6,149
Liked 1889 Times on 1166 Posts
Likes Given: 2709

Default

If you force carbonate there is no need for priming sugar.

If you do decide to naturally carbonate using priming sugar you'll still want to hook up CO2 to purge the O2 in the head space and put some pressure in the keg to seal the lid. That all takes less than a minute. Then disconnect the CO2 and sit the keg in a warm place to let naturally carbonate just as you would bottles.

__________________
Dan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2012, 09:41 PM   #8
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,724
Liked 4369 Times on 3177 Posts
Likes Given: 850

Default

If you have a commercial keg set up (for sanke kegs), you'll need an adapter to use cornelius kegs (soda kegs) that many homebrewers use. It's easy, though.

Then you just connect the gas to the keg, and set it up. It takes anywhere from a day or two up to 7 days for the beer to fully carb up.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2012, 11:49 PM   #9
java230
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 27
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I've been force carbing mine. Usually 30-35 psi for 24-48 hours, I taste after 24, and adjust from there. Just go till it tastes right to you. Everyone likes a little different Carb level. Remember to disconnect the gas line from the keg before adjusting the pressure lower so the beer isn't forced into the gas line. Then let the pressure out of the keg.

__________________
java230 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools