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Old 03-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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A fellow hombrewer who is getting too old to brew gave me this keg a couple of days ago, and I have a question...

Would it be feasible to to use this for 5 gallon batches, or would I be wasting a lot of Co2 due to the large head space?

I'm new to kegging (ordering the parts to get a kegerator going), and could use some help/tips/advice.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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i think it's feasible. you will go through a fair amount of CO2 while purging since you're going to have so much headspace. of course, that all depends on how crazy you go purging anyway.
i have a friend who uses a 5 gallon keg even for his 2 1/2 or 3 gallon batches. he doesn't change his purge method at all, and he's never had any hints of his brews being oxidized. i guess he figures even if there is a little air left in, fill it slow, don't slosh it around, and a CO2 blanket is a CO2 blanket.

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Old 03-15-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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If you are never going to use this for 10 gallons, you might think about selling it and buying a couple 5 gallon kegs.

 
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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I have 3 of those and they work fine. I really like them for 10 gal brews. I think they leak my beer seems to evaporate....

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:04 PM   #5
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That would make a very nice fermenter

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:04 PM   #6
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I would like to use it for 10 gallons eventually. Right now I only have (1) 6.5 gallon carboy, and (2) 5 gallon carboys. I was thinking of using the keg as a primary for a 10 gallon batch by adding an airlock, and then using the (2) 5 gal carboys for secondaries, then transferring back to the keg when fermentation is complete.

I know these 10 gallons aren't that easy to come by, so I'd like to keep it.
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That would make a very nice fermenter
Looks like we're on the same track!
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:01 PM   #8
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I'd love to ferment in that think and then use CO2 to transfer right to 5 gallon kegs, never letting my beer touch oxygen.

 
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