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Can an experienced "kegger" take me through the steps from start to finish on kegging? Assume I have my beer racked to a corny, chilled, everything sanitized and ready to go. Also assume I want to force carbonate with enough pressure so this will be drinkable in 2-3 days...

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Crank it up to 30-40 pounds, shake it and let it sit under pressure for a few days, then remove the gas in line, turn down the pressure, bleed the keg of pressure and serve. Cheers! :D
 

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I do almost exactly like Janx, except I shake the heck out of it a bunch of times and then let it sit under pressure overnight and start serving the next day! It's good to go almost every time! :D
 

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BitterRat said:
I do almost exactly like Janx, except I shake the heck out of it a bunch of times and then let it sit under pressure overnight and start serving the next day! It's good to go almost every time! :D
try www.defalcos.com, draft beer primer menu item on left side of page. it's the way i force carb.

make sure the beer is cold. co2 will absorb into the beer a lot better when chilled. the last two i kegged, i let sit for an extra 2-3 days before i tried it. the head was much better, and a nice collar of foam. but again, that all goes back to brewing technique, sanitation, etc. but it does help!

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Why do you shake it? To let th CO2 mix in with the beer?

you have the gas hooked up to the keg "out" post or "pick-up tube". you attach the gas to that, and rock the keg back and forth to work the co2 up through the beer. re-chill, and after 2-3 days, vent pressure off the top, adjust co2 to serving psi, and re-attach to the in-post. wha-la! carbonated beer in 2-4 days.

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Thanks....just wanna make sure I'm doing this right, especially after the irish red debacle.
I have good carbonation in it now--just have too much foam. Now I'm troubleshooting that, and now getting drunk in the process! :D It's a dirty shame to have to drink all of this fine home-brewed beer from my home tap. Dirty shame I tell ya.......dirty shame. ;)
 

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orrelse said:
Thanks....just wanna make sure I'm doing this right, especially after the irish red debacle.
I have good carbonation in it now--just have too much foam. Now I'm troubleshooting that, and now getting drunk in the process! :D It's a dirty shame to have to drink all of this fine home-brewed beer from my home tap. Dirty shame I tell ya.......dirty shame. ;)
ah.....yes orrelse, but we suffer for the greater good of beer! we wouldn't want our friends and familiy to drink inferior brew, right? :eek:

just vent the head pressure off the keg, lower psi, re-attach in gas and let sit over-night. it'll calm down for ya!

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Hey guys,
Well, I'm pretty happy - now in posession of a keg system!

I've given everything a good cleaning and figgured out how it all goes together. It has pepsi / corny kegs.

The only thing that was a bit annoying, is that it seems that the "in" and "out" posts are different sizes? (though they are almost indiscernable to look at). This meant a sort of tedious re-sorting after I washed them, but more importantly:

- a number of threads here suggest hooking the CO2 to the "out" post for force carbonation. My quick connects only fit "in" to "in" and "out" to "out". (well... actually... I MAY be able to force a fit... but..?)

Is something odd here?

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Keegan
 

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mrkeeg said:
Hey guys,
Well, I'm pretty happy - now in posession of a keg system!

I've given everything a good cleaning and figgured out how it all goes together. It has pepsi / corny kegs.

The only thing that was a bit annoying, is that it seems that the "in" and "out" posts are different sizes? (though they are almost indiscernable to look at). This meant a sort of tedious re-sorting after I washed them, but more importantly:

- a number of threads here suggest hooking the CO2 to the "out" post for force carbonation. My quick connects only fit "in" to "in" and "out" to "out". (well... actually... I MAY be able to force a fit... but..?)

Is something odd here?

Thanks guys,
Keegan
can you just swap the gas connects so it will fit the "out" post? all mine are pin-lock kegs. one of my kegs has the down tube on the "in" post. so i just swapped the connects from the 3 notched to the 2 notched connect. just have to remember which one i am using before i force carb!


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DeRoux's Broux said:
ah.....yes orrelse, but we suffer for the greater good of beer! we wouldn't want our friends and familiy to drink inferior brew, right? :eek:

just vent the head pressure off the keg, lower psi, re-attach in gas and let sit over-night. it'll calm down for ya!

cheers!
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The extra foaminess is why I WON'T do the super-pressure and shake method. It takes a few days for you to vent out all that excess pressure; one vent won't do it.

It's so much easier to just attach the gas line to the in port, crank the CO2 to the serving pressure and letting it sit 3 to 5 days. The beer will be better with a little more age, and you will get much more consistent results in the carbonation level as you control it more precisely.
 

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Let it sit 3-5 days?!!

Well, I had my first homebrew from tap yesterday. I kegged, forced it at 30+ psi, shook it a lot... and since it is a new system to me... it was painful to wait ALL that time before testing it out. I would guess probably an HOUR. (during which the keg warmed up a bit, sitting out of the fridge)

My last bottled batch tasted okay, but had no head. Would anyone like to guess if that was a problem with this batch?

So I ate my pint of pure foam with a spoon. It was sort of pleasant, creamy, nice bitterness. Mostly I was just happy to have my own on tap.

Keegan

PS: I've seen reference to carbonation guideline tables... ie: I want x ammount of carbonation, brew is at x temp, what pressure do I need? - - where would I find said table?
 
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