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Old 09-26-2008, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default JUST finished Kegerator retrofit...how long do I have to wait ?

ok so I just finished gutting my minifridge to fit my 5 gallon corny and co2 tank.

I just plugged it in, set the Tstat, Then I racked my beer(coopers real ale extract kit) into my corny and then placed the keg and Co2 inside the fridge...

How long do I have to wait before I try Force carbonating the keg ? and how much longer till I can drink !???

I've got about 2 feet of 3/16'' hose going from the Co2 tank to the keg, and about 2.5' going to the tap. What should I set the preasure at ??

This is my FIRST real batch of beer. It spent 10 days in the primary fermentor, and 1 week in the secondary...I then ran out of patience and decided it was time to set up my KEGERATOR I can't wait to try it out !



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Old 09-26-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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Force Carbonation & Carb Table

Good info here to figure out what you'll need to do. Here's hoping it turns out great


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Old 09-26-2008, 03:55 PM   #3
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Did you hit the keg with some CO2 already to purge the headspace?
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:58 PM   #4
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Did you hit the keg with some CO2 already to purge the headspace?
no should I ? how do I do that ??
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I typically wait til the keg is cold (overnight) before I force carb it (I use the shake method). But if you plan to just leave it hooked up at serving pressure for a week or more to get it carbed, you can hook it up anytime.

To purge the air sitting on top of your beer pressurize the keg with co2, pull the pressure release valve on the keg for a couple short bursts. Thats it.
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no should I ? how do I do that ??
Yes, you should. Reason being- you don't want air sitting against your beer, oxidizing it.

Attach the CO2 to the keg, and let the gas run in for about thirty seconds, then pull the release valve. You might want to do this a couple times to force all the air out of the keg and replace it with C02.
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Old 09-26-2008, 04:11 PM   #7
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ok awesome thanks.

I had hoped I would be able to drink it tonight....doh O well.

I guess I will just wait till before I go to bed, and then open up the Co2 tank. I've got the Tstat CRANKED in there now...
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You may want to invest in a longer beer line, you may have trouble with foaming with that short line. Go long (6-8feet) you can always trim it if need be.
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You may want to invest in a longer beer line, you may have trouble with foaming with that short line. Go long (6-8feet) you can always trim it if need be.
Agreed - that 2.5 feet is going to foam like mad! I might even suggest starting at 10' and trimming as needed.
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I use a carbonator which is basically the valve that is on a keg but threaded on the bottom for a soda bottle. You can rack into a liter soda bottle and chill it and carbonate it much quicker than the full 5 gall. Just food for thought for your next batch. I know I always want to drink it right away so thats my solution.


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