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Old 03-19-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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This is my first time kegging. I put 30psi on and put it in the fridge, but I forgot to purge the oxygen. Have I ruined the beer?
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:54 PM   #2
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I doubt you will have any problems. Worst case scenario is that it may stale a little quicker due to the oxidation, but if you racked into the bottom and kept your siphon tube submerged I bet you won't notice a thing.
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:00 PM   #3
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This is my first time kegging. I put 30psi on and put it in the fridge, but I forgot to purge the oxygen. Have I ruined the beer?
No. Conservatively, you should now vent the keg for a few seconds with the gas on to drive out any oxygen still sitting in the airspace. In any case, you'll be fine.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:16 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I released the pressure, purged the oxygen, and repressurized the tank. This Honey Lager is for a birthday party for my 2 sons, and we're expecting 60 people today. We're having a magician stop by (they're turning 4&7), so this batch is named Magic Brew.

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Old 03-20-2011, 02:25 PM   #5
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My parents would never let me have you beer when I was 4 or 7!
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:44 PM   #6
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You're brewing your 4 and 7 year old beer? Sweet
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I have forgotten to purge a few times, and I didn't notice any off flavors. Relax, don't worry
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:30 PM   #8
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The "Magic Brew" came out perfect! Five gallon keg was gone in an hour. This is only my 3rd time brewing by myself, but I've never had such a great response! I don't think I'll ever bottle again...

Thanks for the support!
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Those kids can drink!
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i never used to purge the head space at all, never had anything bad happen. last time i kegged i siphoned into the keg first, then put the lid on, plugged up the co2 and vented a couple of times. this will probably be my standard from now on. just to be safe. but i didn't notice any improvment, and never had any trouble with the kegs i didn't purge.
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