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Old 01-21-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
Bigapinnc
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Ok I bought a 2.5 gallon keg not to long ago. I like the idea of having some bottles and the rest in the keg. I did everything right for naturally carbing my keg but after reading up on naturally carbing, people say that you have to give it a quick shot of co2 to make a tight seal. I def didn't do that till today. It has been a week. The keg is brand new and it looked to have a great seal on it already. Should I be worried? Or am I over reacting?

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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Not all kegs require pressure to seal. Whether your particular keg was gas-tight or not is a bit hard to discern from a distance...

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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The main reason for the shot of co2 is to purge the oxygen out to keep the beer from oxidizing.

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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The main reason for the shot of co2 is to purge the oxygen out to keep the beer from oxidizing.
That's another subject. The co2 in question is to seal the keg fast rather than very slowly through priming and risking a possible loose/ unseated o-ring seal.

OP, if the keg top won't open when you unlatch the top and push down hard on the top, then it's sealed fine. A little co2 won't hurt either.

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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The main reason for the shot of co2 is to purge the oxygen out to keep the beer from oxidizing.
Purging is a different issue from helping to seal a keg tight. The former should always be done, while the need for the latter depends on the keg...

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Old 01-22-2012, 04:25 AM   #6
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So, obviously I am new to kegging, but kegging is not like a big bottle. You obviously can't purge a bottle. So why is it any different? And how late is it to purge of it needs to be done?

 
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:50 PM   #7
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No it is not too late to purge. Whatever c02 is in solution will stay in solution. There is a far surface area exposed to air in a keg than in a bottle. If you have a pressure relief valve, give it a little pull, did gas come out? Relax , don't worry ect... No gas hiss? Put it on gas at 10-12 psi, than relax.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:42 PM   #8
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Ok so I just had my first pint off my keg. It taste great. It has a beautiful head on it but everything under that is flat. Ok, I am going to force carb from here. How do I manage to do that??? I need help! I am buying a regulator and a co2 tank

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:47 PM   #9
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While in the fridge, pressurize to 12 psi and let it hang out a couple of weeks. That or pressurize to 30 psi and shake it up for 5 minutes.

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:45 PM   #10
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After I shake it up for a few minutes at 30 psi, then what?

 
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