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Old 02-29-2012, 12:53 AM   #1
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So I am going to be priming my first keg soon and had a few questions. I know when I fill a bottle, I leave some head space for the CO2 to build up. When I fill my keg, and put the priming sugar in, how much head space do I need? I have 6 gallons of beer ready to go into a keg, but I only have a 5 gallon corney keg. Trying to figure out what to do with that other gallon.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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Don't fill the keg so high that the beer is above the bottom of the gas-in tube. This can lead to back flow, and you'll get beer into your gas lines.

You'll also need to pressurize your keg (30PSI?) to ensure a complete seal, else your priming fermentation CO2 will just leak out of the keg, rather than carbonating the beer.

Take this with a grain of salt -- I tried to prime a keg and gave up. Now I just set them on gas at 12PSI and forget them for two weeks.


 
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:08 AM   #3
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So fill below the gas in tube. Pressurize to 30 PSI. And it should be ready to sit and carb itself?
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:10 AM   #4
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You don't need a lot of headspace in the keg. Put the rest in bomber bottles. 1/2 tsp of corn sugar in each. I fill the keg up then bottle the rest. Never looked.

 
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:14 AM   #5
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You also do NOT use priming sugar with a keg. The co2 provides the carbonation.

 
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:18 AM   #6
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You also do NOT use priming sugar with a keg. The co2 provides the carbonation.
Interesting, there's a lot of threads on here about priming your kegs with DME/Sugar as you would with bottles.

 
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:18 AM   #7
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Wait wait, I am not supposed to put sugar in the keg to get the natural carbonation like a bottle? I have not heard of this. I have heard of the set and forget method of "force carbing", but I thought you could carb with sugar.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:21 AM   #8
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Put the rest in bomber bottles. 1/2 tsp of corn sugar in each.
So this for goes transferring into a bottling bucket and just filling the bottles up off of your siphon with a wand on the end?

How did you figure this was a good amount of sugar into individual bottles... bomber as in 22 oz I assume?
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:22 AM   #9
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I thought you could carb with sugar.
You can carbonate a keg with DME/sugar, as you would bottles. Check the google search function on this site, there's a lot of people that carbonate their kegs with DME/sugar.

http://www.google.ca/search?as_q=priming+keg&as_oq=sugar+dme&as_sitesearch=homebrewtalk.com

 
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:27 AM   #10
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I see several threads about priming with sugar. Not sure what JayWeezie was talking about. Maybe he can explain further.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/prim...ar-keg-305496/
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