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Old 06-11-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Yesterday while cleaning my kegerator (freezer chest) I accidentally left the temperature sensor outside. Therefore it was on overnight and everything froze. 3 cornys my CO2 tank and gauges, and some beer bottles burst. I am trying to thaw them with an incandescent utility light.

What damage can I expect to my beer, and my gas regulators, if any?

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Old 06-11-2012, 04:35 PM   #2
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None? Unless there was water (or beer) inside the regulators when they froze they'll be fine. Beer might have overcarbed a bit if your pressure remained constant, but that's probably negligible. I'd skip the forced defrosting and let it slowly thaw out, rapidly heating frozen things is a great way to stress the material.

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Kegs will likely be overcarbed (BTDT), simply vent them over the course of several days and all will be good.
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If your kegs or bottles ahve yeast in them, you likely lysed a lot of yeast and can get some pretty nasty flavors, burned-rubber style. If there wasn't any yeast in the kegs, you should be fine, although I hadn't thought of overcarbonation. I would thaw them out 100% (at which point they'll be pretty much uncarbonated, I think) and then hook them back up to serving pressure for a set-and-forget slow carb.
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I have done that exact thing (twice).

Everything will be fine. I even reanimated plastic jars of yeast that I had in there.
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It's pretty easy to fool yourself into believing the thaw out is done. Just as you really didn't freeze the kegs solid overnight, you won't fully thaw them in a day.


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