Re-Carbing commercial brew in rented keg - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Re-Carbing commercial brew in rented keg

Thread Tools
Old 01-03-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
Nov 2012
Posts: 62
Liked 7 Times on 4 Posts

Got a quarter barrel for new years for myself and a couple buddies. We didnt end up getting through all of the beer and now its sitting in my garage. I re-tapped it last night but its pretty flat beer. We were just using a party tapper from the liquor store.

Is there anything simple I can buy that will allow me to re-carb this keg? maybe something that uses those little paintball canisters?

I dont have any kegging setup to speak of and I'm mostly unfamiliar with the names for things, but I know that this keg I have has the same fitting as my keggle did before I cut it up. Sanke connection I think?

Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks alot!

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
JuanMoore's Avatar
Oct 2009
The Old Pueblo
Posts: 22,089
Liked 3698 Times on 3517 Posts

It's possible, but there are a lot of issues with your plan. The first one is that using the party pump has oxygenated the beer, and by now it probably has a noticeable wet cardboard flavor, which will only get worse over the time it takes to carbonate. You'll also need either a standard sankey keg coupler (like you'd use with a CO2 tank) or to destroy your party pump coupler. A portable keg charger like this one will then work with the proper fittings, but will require a lot of cartridges to carbonate and serve the remaining beer.
I'm trying to find some porn filmed by a dog wearing a GoPro. - SharonaZamboni

Hunter, when you get bored, will you put a taco in my elephant's hands for me? - Hat

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #3
Objects in mirror are closer than they appear
DrunkleJon's Avatar
Jan 2011
Alexandria, Virginia
Posts: 8,133
Liked 2512 Times on 1770 Posts

if you used one of the party taps the life of the beer is limited. It will start getting that wonderful cardboardy oxidized flavor to it. I would suggest drinking it quick. You can kind of recarb it by putting it on CO2 but it is still a ticking clock.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 09:47 PM   #4
TopherM's Avatar
Mar 2011
St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 3,974
Liked 449 Times on 354 Posts

I have one of those portable beer chargers and they WILL NOT carb beer. They produce enough pressure to push beer, but it would literally take about 15 of the small CO2 canisters to add any appreciable CO2 to a 5 gallon corny, let alone a 15.5 gallon keg.

You would need AT LEAST a 20oz CO2 canister to carb 5 gallons of beer, and that would cost about $25 for the canister, another $15-20 for the regulator, a couple bucks for tubing, about $8-10 for the CO2....all of which definitely equals a pretty poor ROI just to carbonate some old, oxidized beer.

I own all of this type of equipment, and I wouldn't even waste my CO2 trying to revive this beer.

Uncarbed beer isn't horrible if you get it cold enough. Lots of Europeans even prefer their beers served uncarbed or very lightly carbed, furkin/cask conditioned style.

I think in the end, you just need to let it go
Primary #1 - Midnight Ryeder (Midnight Wheat and Rye)
Primary #2 - Florida Weiss
Primary #3 - Kane-DOH APA (Honey Citra APA)
Secondary #1 - Downtown Flanders Brown (brewed August 2012)
Keg #1 - Raspberry Florida Weiss
Keg #2 - Cinnamon Raisin Cider
Keg #3 - NONE!
Bottled - NONE!

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 10:11 PM   #5
AussieBrewerInColorado's Avatar
Jul 2009
Denver, CO
Posts: 472
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Drink a 12 pack of carb'd beer first then you won't know the difference.

"The mouth of a perfectly happy man is filled with beer." - Egyptian Proverb

The Keg Ran Out Club (KROC)
Broomfield, Colorado

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Autumn Seasonal Beer Rented Mule Pumpkin Ale rented_mule73 Specialty, Fruit, Historical, Other Homebrew Recipes 6 10-06-2012 03:08 PM
Commercial brew in keg srehal Bottling/Kegging 2 02-20-2012 08:32 PM
FG of commercial brew GRBC General Beer Discussion 2 01-30-2012 01:09 AM
My rented home (a rant) BBKing Drunken Ramblings and Mindless Mumbling 16 06-01-2010 11:34 PM
I think I have a new favorite commercial brew Trencher Commercial Brew Discussion 3 09-27-2007 04:57 PM

Forum Jump