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Old 10-08-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Hi Guy,

I have empty barrel, I have to option exchange it for Sixth Barrel in a local store or sell it. But I don't know if it worth selling. Can i use a sixth barrel for force carbonation?


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Old 10-09-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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Not sure what you mean. Do you have stainless kegs or an actual wood barrel? If it's stainless you can carbonate in it. However a 31 gallon keg is HUGE to exchange for something 1/6th in size.


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I have a 50 Litter stainless European style keg Barrel, I don’t have the space to keep it. Was thing to exchange it for a 1/6 keg and use that for force carbonation etc. But I am not sure how can i use it for force carbonation.
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Full keg of beer + CO2 pressure = delicious carbonated beer

Do you have the connections for the 1/6th barrel keg? I just use ball lock, but the only difference is connections.
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Yes, But the question is when you force carbonate a ball lock you put the c02 on the side that normally beer goes out. (that what i have seen done) How you do that with this type of a connector? Your joust connected set the PSI for 30 and wait a week or two and see what happens?
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You've got the details a little bit off, but the basic principle right.

On a ball or pin lock cornie keg, there are two posts - a gas and a liquid. So you'd connect the gas to the gas (in) post and the liquid to the liquid (out) post and you're all set. Pressures are a different matter - if you're gonna set to 30psi, you're going to do so for no more than 24 hours, then drop down to serving pressure (11 or 12psi). If you're going to just wait a week or two, 11 or 12psi for the duration is the right neighborhood.

In a sanke connector, there's a gas in connector and a liquid out on the sanke tap - you'd hook both those up, then hook that sanke tap up to your filled keg, and let it sit at that same pressure setting described above, and you're good to go.
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Ya there's no reason you need to send gas down the diptube. You CAN, it carbonates faster, but introduces other problems with beer potentially getting pushed into the gas line. I rarely ever do it anymore.
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o.k. So I should probable exchange me barrel for a 1/6 snake keg and use it for me homebrew. I know there many discussion about using a snake vs. a cornie. But from me calculation if would be cheaper for me I go it for free with the connectors and I can exchange for a small one now issues. No extra money to spend there. Any majo problem of using a snake for home brew except the cleaning part?

Thanks for your help.


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