Carbonating Corny Keg for First Time

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ZacMac

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I am about to carbonate my 5 gal. corny for the first time.
Can some one explain how to carbonate the keg in the gradual (2 week) method?
Thanks.
 

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Get it cold, connect the gas, set it to 12 psi and wait a week. Life will be good.
 

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zacmac said:
Ed, do you have to purge it to remove the oxygen in the keg?
Oh yes. But that is a procudure done when before you rack your beer to the keg. First sanitize your keg, hook it up to gas, open the valve for a couple seconds then close it. Now vent the keg. Repeat this a few times. This will purge the air from the keg and now CO2 will form a protective layer at the bottome.

Look at this pic. The mist in the keg is CO2 from purging.

 

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really? you are supposed to charge the keg before you rack to it? i have never heard of this...
 

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You can also purge after you fill the corny. I do like Edwort does, plus I purge it after I fill it. Since there is less headspace, it uses very little CO2.
 

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aekdbbop said:
so since the co2 is heavier, it will sink to the bottom and rise with the beer?
that's the concept behind it.

I just fill and purge a few times after racking and have yet to notice any stale/oxidized flavor in my kegs.

honestly I think if you're gentle with it, any technique works. its really just more insurance.
 
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