Can you daisy-chain corny kegs?? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Can you daisy-chain corny kegs??

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-01-2007, 03:43 AM   #1
howlinowl
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Posts: 265
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



Tomorrow I'll be kegging my second batch of brown ale. Gonna have two 5 gallon cornys with about 4 gallons each in 'em. I've seen at some of the restaurants we service that they will daisy-chain two kegs on each serving line. Basically the CO2 goes into the first keg, forcing the beer from that keg into the second and that forces the beer from that keg into the serving line. I could build a beer-out to gas-in adapter with a couple fittings and some hose, thinking that I might do this so both kegs will serve from the same tap..... has anybody tried this? I can't think of a reason that it wouldn't work, but thought I'd ask the board here for any advice, ideas, flames.....ect

Thanks,
Allan
__________________
Howlinowl Third World Brewing
Primary 1: Empty
Primary 2: Empty
Secondary 1: Empty
Secondary 2: Empty

On Deck:

On Tap 1: Yuengling Traditional Lager
On Tap 2: Kayumanggi Ale (pronounced "Kai-you-mang-ghe) Tagalog for "Brown"
Various bottles and cans: San Miguel Premium Lager, Flying Dog Mix Pack, Sierra Nevada Brown Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2007, 03:55 AM   #2
Fingers
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Fingers's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
Posts: 4,215
Liked 45 Times on 36 Posts


Don't see why not, but you'd likely have to have three of the long beer-out siphon tubes and just one gas-in tube. That way you'd always have liquid in contact with liquid rather than having one keg spray into the other. Theoretically I would think both kegs would kick at about the same time.
__________________
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2007, 05:01 AM   #3
olllllo
[]-O-[]
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
olllllo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2006
Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 13,330
Liked 140 Times on 114 Posts


I was just thinking of some lesbian keg action.... thanks for that.
__________________
Rabbit And Coyote Schwag
Rob - Phoenix Ambassador to Milwaukee
Where did your avatar go?
Ginger Beer for Moscow Mules Bacon Vodka
Twitter

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2007, 05:19 AM   #4
BlindLemonLars
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Posts: 4,474
Liked 26 Times on 24 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by howlinowl
I've seen at some of the restaurants we service that they will daisy-chain two kegs on each serving line. Basically the CO2 goes into the first keg, forcing the beer from that keg into the second and that forces the beer from that keg into the serving line. I could build a beer-out to gas-in adapter with a couple fittings and some hose,
Some twenty plus years ago, I was the beverage manager for a park that hosted company picnics. We served several thousand people a day, so to save time swapping premix soda kegs, we would daisy chain them together as you described, as deep as six kegs. Later we switched to a syrup and water carbonation system which made life easier, but we'd still chain three syrup kegs. We had dozens of liquid to gas jumpers, about two feet long.

I can't imagine it wouldn't work with homebrew as well.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2007, 01:17 PM   #5
chillHayze
 
chillHayze's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2006
Columbus OH
Posts: 1,589
Liked 16 Times on 16 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Fingers
Don't see why not, but you'd likely have to have three of the long beer-out siphon tubes and just one gas-in tube. That way you'd always have liquid in contact with liquid rather than having one keg spray into the other. Theoretically I would think both kegs would kick at about the same time.

Assuming all O2 is purged from the final output keg then the beer would not oxidize, but may overcarb if you are serving much beer in a short time due to lots of splashng. Agreeing with Fingers, I think 3 dip tubes with matching product connectors would be better. For clarification, the default would be 2 diptubes/product connectors and one gas connector/input nipple. Since the fittings are interchangable, you can switch a product for a gas.
__________________
RDWHAHB
Every little thing is gonna be alright.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,595
Liked 152 Times on 143 Posts


You can certainly do this. I use a jumper when I'm cleaning. You would have to force carbonate both cornies before connecting, otherwise only the second cornie would be in contact with the CO2 and the first one would be flat.

The alternative would be to use Y-connectors for gas and liquid. But, then they would both blow at the same time.

I'd just Y the CO2 and swap the kegs when the first blows. Simpler and you'd know it's time to brew.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2007, 07:51 PM   #7
BlindLemonLars
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Posts: 4,474
Liked 26 Times on 24 Posts


There won't be any significant splashing, as the second keg (closest to the faucet) will remain full until the first keg is empty. Once that happens, only Co2 will be entering the gas inlet of the second keg.

I don't really see the point though, unless you're serving huge crowds in a short period of time. You're also doubling the potential points of leakage, putting your gas supply at risk. One tiny leak can empty your tank overnight, so I prefer to keep things as simple as possible.

As David_42 points out, having a jumper or two is very handy for cleaning purposes.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2007, 07:55 PM   #8
Brewer3401
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Brewer3401's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2004
Southeast Louisiana
Posts: 1,152
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by olllllo
I was just thinking of some lesbian keg action.... thanks for that.
First thing I thought of. You need at least 6, or they look like a square.
__________________
Fermenter: Blonde Ale
Brite tank: -0-
Kegged: -0-

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sanke kegs and Corny kegs CBBaron Bottling/Kegging 13 08-01-2011 02:06 PM
Corny Kegs nothreat General Beer Discussion 12 03-15-2009 02:52 PM
How big a chest freeze for mix of Corny kegs and commercial kegs? StunnedMonkey Bottling/Kegging 5 08-17-2008 05:55 PM
corny kegs for a bar t8hopwood Bottling/Kegging 1 06-06-2007 01:42 PM
Corny kegs awillis Bottling/Kegging 16 07-21-2005 11:41 PM


Forum Jump