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Old 11-29-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

Just got my first setup (mr.Beer) It of course is the 2 gal. one I am looking to bottle. But as I have read Kegging Would be a better option. I have a 2nd 2 gal fermenter coming. Would it be as easy to just get a 5gal keg kit and use it or Use a 2.5 gal One? I am unsure what to do. Sorry for all the dumb question But would love to do something with the beer i have started. Is it ok to leave the beer in the fermentor more than 2 weeks? I am using the Mr. Beer Refill kit.

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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A lot of us, including me, started with a MrBeer kit. It's a great way to become familiar with the process. I used it for 5 or 6 batches, most of which were 5-gallon recipes I got on this site, cut in half. When I finally got my 5 gallon equipment, I knew what I was doing (sort of). Also, I started out bottling and am still bottling after three years (sigh).

Everyone has their own path - some jump in with a 5 gallon kit right away; some switch to kegging as soon as they can. Do whatever your skills, inclinations, and budget allow.

Oh, and I typically leave my beer in the fermentor 4 weeks, then bottle. Others will package it sooner, but you have to understand your hydrometer and how to use it.

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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Yes, I am not sure I think i want to keg but will know more in 2 weeks and see if it would be better. Rather than bottle maybe to keep the sediment out as much as i can

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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Yep, longer in the fermenter won't hurt, in fact it will help!

My knee jerk reaction is to tell you to get the 5gal keg as I'm sure you will move up to 5 gallons as you move forward. That being said, I've often wished I had a smaller keg for splitting a batch (1/2 keg, 1/2 bottle)

Lastly, don't sweat the fact that you won't fill the 5gal keg, you purge the headspace with CO2 when you keg anyhow.

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:24 PM   #5
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Well all sounds good Now just to find a cheap 5gal setup and try it out

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It used to be that 5-gallon kegs were much, much cheaper than 3-gallon kegs. When I got mine a couple years ago, they were ~$20 each. Now they're at least $50. 3-gallon kegs are going for ~$100 if I'm not mistaken.

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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Okay so if i am correct here. All i have to do is pour my beer from the fermentor. Into the Keg (clean of Course) Close it up Put the Co2 to it and depending on how i go with carbing it. Thats it i don't need to add sugar to it or anything else

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:13 PM   #8
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Clean keg.
Fill keg with CO2 one to several times, purging at the top, to remove O2.
Siphon beer in.
Apply CO2 again, kegerators.com has a great chart for pressure v. temp v. style.
Some people like to add sugar prior to this, up to you.

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To be clear, you should never "pour" finished beer into any container. You need an autosiphon to transfer beer from one place or another or you risk oxidizing it really badly, which is essentially doom for beer.

Honestly, while kegging is great, I would suggest sticking with bottling for your first few batches. Might as well get a feel for the basics before you step it up some - plus, bottling may well be cheaper to begin with.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:26 PM   #10
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Yeah I plan on doing the first batch in bottles then go from there. I did mean autosiphon. thank you all for putting up with my noob questions i know thy have been asked many many times over

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