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Old 06-19-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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Is it ok to prime 5 gal of beer with dextrose then keg half and bottle half does this save any money on the CO2.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:25 PM   #2
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If you have a 3 gallon keg, you're golden. If you have a 5, that's a lot of head space you'll have to purge with CO2.

You can put all 5 gallons into the keg after priming, purge the headspace with CO2, and let it carb up naturally. Just make sure you use a carbing calculator - priming in keg uses less sugar - and make sure to refrigerate before serving. Keg conditioned beer needs to be chilled well in order for all that CO2 to dissolve.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Wouldnt that headspace have to be filled even if i put the 5 gal in and drank 2 gallons? Or is there a reason the quantity of CO2 would be different?
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If you just put the beer in the keg without the sugar then you'd need a little more CO2 to absorb into the beer to carbonate it. So I guess the sugar would possibly save you a little CO2.

 
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Wouldnt that headspace have to be filled even if i put the 5 gal in and drank 2 gallons? Or is there a reason the quantity of CO2 would be different?
It would either way, but you're looking to use the min amount of Co2, right? When I purge the headspace, I typically pressurize and bleed gas a few times so I don't oxidize my beer. You'd have to do that for 1/2 keg multiple times - that's a lot of wasted CO2. Plus you have to go through the effort of bottling when you could bottle off the keg later.
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