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Old 05-20-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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Hi, I've been making wine for a whole and just recently have given home brewing a try. I absolutely love making it, but was less ecstatic about bottling. I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on kegging. I am not the biggest drinker, maybe a beer or two a night. Is kegging worth it? Also, are there any manual pressure kegs like the ones you get in a store or are they all co2. I'm just a little worried about wasting co2 if it will take a while to clear the keg. Thanks in advance for the input. Rich. FYI, I have an IPA and a hefe that will need to be bottled in about 2 weeks.


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Old 05-20-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
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My thoughts. Kegging is simpler than bottling. But there is a start up cost. Fridge/temp controlled freezer, keg or kegs, CO2 bottle, faucets, lines, space.

To me the cost are worth it. I don't like bottling or washing bottles and filling them. Some people do, I don't.

The manual pressure kegs I am guessing you are referring to a manually operated pump and picnic tap, like the ones used for a party. They work fine if the beer will be consumed in one day but not good if you want to keep beer on tap. Introduces oxygen and over time using it would oxidize the beer.

I've found a 5lb CO2 tank will force carb 5-6 five gallon kegs and serve them. Maybe more.


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Old 05-20-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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Well you pretty much have to have a co2 system to keg, it will keep the beer from oxidizing. You won't waste co2 if you leave the gas hooked up to it. It will dissolve into solution and stop injecting co2 into the beer (unless you lower the temp or increase the serving pressure). It takes me 2 months to clear a keg sometimes. 1 5# co2 tank should last about 11 kegs. Have fun kegging!
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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I drink 1-2 beers 5 nights out of the week. Right now I have 3 kegs and feel like I need at least 4 more.
I have gone through 3 kegs do far and right now have 3 full on tap. I havent noticed the pressure gauge move yet on the bottle.
You won't waste co2 because once the keg gets up to pressure it will be in a equilibrium. Gas will stop conning in unless you pour a beer then the pressure will equalize again.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
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I don't think I get that many kegs out of a #5 bottle, but I've really never counted.

Are you force carbing at higher pressures or just setting to serving pressure and forgetting for a few three weeks?
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:46 PM   #6
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That's a tough one. On one hand, you're averaging 7 beers a week... on the other hand, kegging will easily get you up to 14-21. Not necessarily a bad thing since you'll get to brew more, but plan on your beer expenses to go up and waistline to increase. Having a keg on hand is just too damn cool and hard to walk past without pouring one. For me, it's much easier to keep a few bottles in the fridge while the rest stay in the cellar. Keeps my consumption in check.

Another thing to consider are the styles you enjoy. Belgians, strong ales, and many imperials can benefit from aging and/or take much longer to polish off. The sippers. You'll need some extra kegs or carboys on hand. If you're a lager, ale, or dry stout kind of guy I say dive right in if you got the $.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:06 PM   #7
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I don't think I get that many kegs out of a #5 bottle, but I've really never counted.

Are you force carbing at higher pressures or just setting to serving pressure and forgetting for a few three weeks?
Set and forget. I've always read a 5# will dispense 5 half barrells. For me a co2 tanks lasts til my next leak.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:15 PM   #8
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I hate bottling. It's simply because I am always behind on stuff to do around my house and bottling is too tedious and labor intensive for me. I wish I would have done this 10 years ago.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:30 AM   #9
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when i reached keg island, the promised land, the clouds parted and happiness rained down. I'm never going back to bottleland.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:39 AM   #10
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yep +1 for kegging.


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