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Old 08-26-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Just started kegging actually working on my first ever kegged beer at the moment. If you are on the fence just pull the trigger already. World of difference, and oh so easy once it all setup and ready to go.

Seriously do not waste anymore time bottling your beer make the switch and you will not regret it I promise!!
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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THUMBS UP.

Kegging is what really got me into the hobby. I always found brewing kind of a pain in the rear because of the messy, slow process of bottling.
Once I got the equipment to start kegging I got really excited about making beer. It's so much faster, and force carbing really speeds things up.

I am so, so glad I invested the money into my kegs & kegerator.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:34 PM   #3
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It really changes the whole process. The ease of putting the beer into the keg just makes me want to brew that much mroe. I just wish I had space for 20 + CU chest freezer. 25 various home brews on tap would be awesome.

I will say that the beer I have in the keg right now seems to be one of my better attempts at a home brew. It really coming together nicely. It gets a little better every couple of days. I probably need to slow down on it and let it do its thing but patience is not something i am very good with.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:42 PM   #4
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I've been working with a Frigidaire mini-fridge with all the shelves ripped out so I can jam 2 kegs in there with picnic taps.

I'm buying a chest freezer this weekend so I can get more kegs and expand. With the ease of kegging I want to start toying with ciders, home-made sodas, and all kinds of other carbonated beverages and I need more available taps for that.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:45 PM   #5
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Having 3 or 4 kegs with beer in them really helps you let the beer sit long enough to get really good.

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:46 PM   #6
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I will say that the beer I have in the keg right now seems to be one of my better attempts at a home brew. It really coming together nicely. It gets a little better every couple of days. I probably need to slow down on it and let it do its thing but patience is not something i am very good with.
This is what I'm afraid of. I have enough trouble letting beer mature. I have to hide bottles away so I don't drink them all. If I was kegging and force carbing, I feel like none of my brews would last long enough to properly condition.
I will still eventually take the jump into to kegging though.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:47 PM   #7
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I like bottling my belgians. My IPAs and Stouts would be nice to keg. I also like the idea of having carbonated water and or homemade sodas. In due time, in due time.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:49 PM   #8
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If you want to try making your own sodas not-from-concentrate, this recipe for a lemongrass soda is really good:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f95/supe...s-soda-186976/

Sort of like one of those flavored carbonated waters, but with a nice amount of sweetness to it.
You can pick up lemongrass pretty cheap at most asian grocery stores.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:21 PM   #9
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I agree! just finished off my first keg and my only complaint is it gets consumed way faster than it does in bottles

I also like having complete control over carbonation levels
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:36 PM   #10
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Not to mention used ball lock cornies keep going up in price as the supply is getting shorter. I looked at them a few years ago when I wasn't brewing yet, $25. Got started brewing in January, but bottling, $40. Now the local brew shops around me are starting to go up. My main one is still holding at $40, but I'm sure it won't be long before another hike.

I force carbonated my first and only keg to date. Might actually just prime the next one with sugar and let it carb on it's own in the basement (CO2 blanket first of course). Seems like it would be easier than continually checking, but who knows.
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