I just bought my very first kegging kit from Adventures in Homebrewing (Taylor, MI) and just wanted to know if there are any tips or tricks I should know about. I've bottled six batches now, and have dealt with enough poor cap seals and broken bottles to never want to do a full 5 gallon bottling again.
Purchased a used corny keg (holding pressure, clean interior, mostly.), a new 5# CO2 tank, a dual regulator, five feet of beer and gas line, and a nice chrome plated tap. I believe I got a pretty good deal too, without the Co2 tank, it was $108.99
for a ball lock system. I paid $60 for a new 5# Co2 tank, and paid another $8 on new o-rings and threaded fittings.
Here's what I've done so far:
1) Filled tank with a mixture of 1.5 cups baking soda with 5 gallons water to deodorize for 24 hours
Next I was going to do this:
2) Replace O-Rings
3) Clean all parts (do my best with dip tube, didn't think to grab a long dip tube brush)
4) Shake up a gallon of water and sanitizer
Am I doing this right? Is there anything else I should be doing? My next Coffee Porter will be done fermenting in two weeks, which will be the first to the keg! I'm very excited.