Naturally carbing in a keg.

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jldc

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I have a carboy with dunkelweizen that I'm kegging today. I probably won't have room for it in my kegerator for 2-3 weeks or more. I don't have anyplace to store it cold, so should I add priming sugar or just displace the air with CO2?

BTW if I do prime, the calculator recommends 8.6 oz of corn sugar for just over 4 volumes of CO2, so about 4 oz should do it in a keg, right?
 

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I natural carb a few of my kegs that I don't have room for in the 'rator at the moment, and know that they will be sitting idly by for the next couple weeks or so. From what i have learned:

-Use half the priming sugar you would use to bottle
-Give the keg a blast of CO2 at 30psi to ensure the lid seats and there are no leaks. It sucks to come back to a keg a month later and realize the lid was loose so nothing cabed.
- when you put it in the 'rator, give it a day or two to chill and finish settling, the first few pints you pour will be pretty cloudy.
-if you used a low flocculating yeast, and moved it to your 'rator 2-3 weeks after kegging, it might be another week or more before your beer starts clearing up
-bottom line: if you are going to naturally carb in a keg, be sure you have enough time to let the keg sit for a few weeks before you want to put it on tap for the best results.
 

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I don't have anyplace to store it cold, so should I add priming sugar or just displace the air with CO2?
Regardless of temp or carbonation method, you should purge the keg with CO2.
 
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