Fermenting in Corny Keg

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Looking to begin fermenting in 5 gal corny kegs.... Currently using a 7 gal. Fermonster. Reading the other forums and web sites people seemed to be limiting their batches to different sizes based on pressure fermenting, etc.

Want is the average batch size everyone (into fermenter) has been using on non-pressure fermented batches and the resulting finished batch size after trub loss? Any feedback, tips/tricks would be appreciated. Cheers!
 

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I've been fermenting in corny kegs for years.

I ferment 5 gallon batches all the time. i trimmed the gas in tube to acomodate. It can get messy sometimes. LOL Blow off tubes are you friends.

Corny kegs can actually hold closer to 6 gallons in there.
 
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Do you notice the blow offs above a certain gravity or hit and miss? (Maybe both I guess)

Do you use the gas in connector for the blow off or remove it and place a tube over the threads?

What about your transferring to a serving keg? What is your process there?
 

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Do you notice the blow offs above a certain gravity or hit and miss? (Maybe both I guess)
Gravity not as much as what type of yeast i'm using. I rarely make anything over 1.070 though. Some yeasts are really agressive and will go nuts causing a lot of blowoff. I don't do kveiks in cornies anymore. That was a mess.

Do you use the gas in connector for the blow off or remove it and place a tube over the threads?
Gas in connector. I've done it both ways. I've even unscrewed the pressure relief ring and stuffed a tube in there. In fact I think i still have my modified lid with the gas port drilled out to fit a stopper and airlock. All work fine. Usually just use the gas in though due to being easier for closed transfers.

What about your transferring to a serving keg? What is your process there?
Part of the reason I like using the gas port is for easy transfering.

I love doing closed transfers. First i cold crash for a day or so. Then fill a keg with starsan and push it out with co2 and purge. Then hook co2 to the feremnting keg. I use a picnic tap to get all the trub and whatnot out either into sanitized jars for yeast harvesting or just dump. Take a sample for gravity reading and use a jumper to transfer to the new clean and purged keg. Go really slow. I use a gas out fitting to release pressure of the receiving keg.

Viola!!
 
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Good info thanks!

Was thinking of hooking an empty sanitized keg to the fermenting keg with a gas out connector on the fermenting keg and a liquid in on the empty keg. Place a spunding valve on the gas out of the empty and use the CO2 from fermentation to purge the empty keg.

Could also use a 3 keg jumper system to push starsan from one keg to another during fermentation to leave a completely purged keg.
 

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I've done a couple of pressurized fermentations in corny kegs. Same thing basically. A floating diptube is a good thing!
 
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I've done a couple of pressurized fermentations in corny kegs. Same thing basically. A floating diptube is a good thing!
What is your typical batch size into fermenter? How much beer are you left with after trub loss?
 

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I've done a couple in kegs so I can pressure ferment lagers. 15 psi helps hold the krausen done and I fill wort to the weld line. I'm not totally sure but I think I end up with like 4.5 gallons with what the floating dip tube leaves behind.

Last batch I did a continuous purged empty attache like you said. Ended up with a purged pressurized keg. Then since they are the same pressure you can gravity siphon under pressure. All closed, pretty slick.

Like it so much I'm looking to get an all rounder fermenter to do larger batches.
 

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I've been wanting to ferment in kegs for years, and yesterday I finally got around to setting one up. I poured 2 quarts of water in the keg and then reached in with a wooden stick and used that wet mark to figure how much of my dip tube should be cut off. I figure when I cold crash all the yeast will be below that line. My first run will be today with a no boil extract NEIPA. I'm going to dry hop in the keg and do a closed transfer to the serving keg.
Eventually, I'll probably get a floating dip tube.
 

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What is your typical batch size into fermenter? How much beer are you left with after trub loss?
I put about 4.5 gallons in (I use a foam reducer). I should get ballsy and try for more. I also serve from the same keg. Another thing is that I can chill my wort in my pool! I probably have a quart or so of sludge when the keg is beat.
 

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Now, I typically use a 10 gallon Torpedo keg for my pressurized fermentations.
 

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Floating dip tube like this. Ball and Keg: Home Brew Keg Level Indicator With this you can even ferment and serve from the same keg if you want to. I typically transfer out to another keg after cold crash, but it does work just fine to drink straight out of the fermentation keg.
 

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I do a 4.5 gallon batch.
  • Gas tube cut flush with the top
  • Liquid tube cut an inch off the bottom
  • Spunding valve on the gas QD
  • Fermcap to help with krausen
  • Brewed extra strong and extra bitter to top off with a gallon of boiled water after fermentation
 
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For pressure and regular ferments, do you pre-charge the keg with CO2 pressure to help it seal before fermentation starts or wait until it builds naturally?
 

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[*]Brewed extra strong and extra bitter to top off with a gallon of boiled water after fermentation
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I thought about high gravity brewing but concerned about oxidation. Do you do anything to dearate your water before adding it?
 

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For pressure and regular ferments, do you pre-charge the keg with CO2 pressure to help it seal before fermentation starts or wait until it builds naturally?
The last few times I've actually precharged with the air compressor. I'm not sure if it's a bad idea or not. It is an oil-less compressor, and I figured the yeast needed Oxygen anyway. Cheaper than CO2. Let's me make sure it's sealed and dial in the spunding valve pressure setpoint.
 

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For pressure and regular ferments, do you pre-charge the keg with CO2 pressure to help it seal before fermentation starts or wait until it builds naturally?

I just set my SPUNDit and let it go.
 

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Depends. I just did a lager at 25 psi.
 

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