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Old 11-14-2012, 03:50 AM   #11
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Basically, you place the lid correctly as if you were to clamp it down but don't clamp it. Hold it by the clamp so that it is set. Turn on the gas so that the upward pressure against it pushes it to the top. Then once it's in place, clamp it down. Make sense?


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Old 11-14-2012, 04:01 AM   #12
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Got it. Just making sure as Wifey would not be happy...



 
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:10 AM   #13
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Yeah the CO2 is filling the head space, meaning it will push down on the beer and up on the lid. Just make sure your keg fittings are tight and secure (i.e. the posts).
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:48 AM   #14
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Update: Thanks again for your help. I just kegged my first home brew. I had some trouble getting the lid to seal, so I went back and hit the keg with 30 psi and it sealed up fine. (Next time I'll try keg lube and putting dimes under the legs, etc.) I dialed it down to 15 psi as I'm going to store it for 3 more weeks. It's in the fridge now at 35 degrees.

Questions: Once the beer is fully carbonated, can I detach the CO2 tank and then use it again when I'm ready to dispense beer? And - how do I make sure that I don't over-carbonate the beer?

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:07 AM   #15
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Yes. Once it is fully carbonated... it's carbonated. You can detach the CO2 input and reconnect it to serve. Think commercial kegs. Same thing.



 
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