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Old 09-17-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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I have 5 corney kegs that I will one day use to keg. Right now I'm to cheap to spend the money to get the rest of the stuff. So in the mean time can I use them to lager in? I have a Munich Dunkle in my only carboy but it still has a month or so to go. I'd like to brew again in a few days (another lager) and rather than buy a new carboy I was going to use a keg. I don't have any CO2 to use so I can't put in under any pressure. It will be just beer in the keg. Is there any issues with that? Any ideas or advice? Thanks,

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Old 09-17-2009, 07:38 PM   #2
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Absolutely, I use kegs as a secondary and for lagering.

 
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:50 PM   #3
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You'll need to attach a blowoff tube or install an airlock. You can remove the gas-in valve to attach a tube.

 
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:56 PM   #4
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I'm thinking spunding valve is in order.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:52 PM   #5
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You'll need to attach a blowoff tube or install an airlock. You can remove the gas-in valve to attach a tube.
Not for lagering you won't. Now if used for a fermenter that's a different story. Just fill, purge and lager away.

 
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:26 PM   #6
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Not for lagering you won't. Now if used for a fermenter that's a different story. Just fill, purge and lager away.
Yep, I have two kegs lagering right now. Do it all the time, works great.

 
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:52 PM   #7
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Great thanks guys.

 
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:04 PM   #8
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I know this is an old thread but I was going to do this today to free up my fermentation chamber. I have a Vienna Lager that's been in there for 2 weeks at 51 degrees. I was going to keg it and leave the pressure relief valve open with a piece of tinfoil over it a stick in my kegerator for a month or more at 39 degrees. How's that sound to you guys?

 
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:08 PM   #9
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I know this is an old thread but I was going to do this today to free up my fermentation chamber. I have a Vienna Lager that's been in there for 2 weeks at 51 degrees. I was going to keg it and leave the pressure relief valve open with a piece of tinfoil over it a stick in my kegerator for a month or more at 39 degrees. How's that sound to you guys?
If the beer is done, you don't need the pressure relief valve open. If the beer isn't done, 39 degrees is too cold!

You don't want to start lagering until the beer is finished, and the diaceytl rest is done. But after the beer is at FG, and the diacetyl rest is over, you can rack to the keg and lager and go ahead and close the keg.
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:38 PM   #10
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Thanks for the quick response Yooper. I took a reading and it's only at 1.016 so it's not quite done. I'm going to let it go another week or two. Do I need to rack to secondary or can I rack it to a keg and leave the valve open in the FC at 51 until it finishes then close the valve and move it to the kegerator for lagering. I'm thinking secondary may be better so I end up with less trub in the keg after a week or two. Also regarding the diacetyl rest. Do all lagers benefit from one or and if so I should do it now before transferring to secondary right. I read a few threads and it seems to be kind of an ongoing debate.

 
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