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General Category => Kegging and Bottling => Topic started by: rtrvrtrnr on December 02, 2009, 03:09:22 pm

Title: Never keg'd before,
Post by: rtrvrtrnr on December 02, 2009, 03:09:22 pm
I dread having to clean and sanitize bottles (I currently use flip-top pint size and magnum bottles), so Santa has committed to delivering a new system.  But I don't know which set-up to get. 

I brew 5 gal batches and will drink a pint or two every other day or so.  My question is; Do I get a 3 gal mini draft, a couple of party pigs, or a 5 gal corny?  I'm leaning toward the 5 gal corny given that I'm trying to decrease my time spent brewing, but does the beer stay fresh for the 5 to 6 weeks it takes me to consume it at a rate of a pint or 2 per day?
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: theDarkSide on December 02, 2009, 03:13:35 pm
Go with the 5 gallon system.  You can always bottle what's left if you need to free up the keg to brew some more. 

I just bought a 2 keg setup from Kegconnection.com and it will be sitting on my doorstep this afternoon when I get home from work.  Chest freezer will be coming on Saturday, which gives me one week to get it all setup to keg my first beer, a winter warmer currently fermenting.

Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 02, 2009, 03:16:20 pm
If you get corny keg you will also need CO2 tank and regulator.
Yes beer will stay fresh for long time because you are pushing it with CO2 gas.
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: mrcceo on December 02, 2009, 03:18:19 pm
I would go with the corny's.
As long as you follow good sanitation procedures, maintain the seals, and purge the air with co2,  your beer will easily keep for a year.
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: majorvices on December 02, 2009, 03:49:10 pm
Don't waste you money on the other systems when eventually down the line you will want to go with the 5 gallon system. Also, get a few extra kegs. You can find them used for 20 bucks sometimes. I used to be able to get them for 10 bucks a piece. That's why I have over 20 kegs.  ;)

I have some beers in kegs that are well over a year old, barley wines and RIS and sour beers and such. Kegged beer actually stays fresher longer than bottled beer, mainly because the O2 exposure goes way down.
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: 1vertical on December 02, 2009, 03:52:53 pm
That's why I have over 20 kegs.  ;)

So Thats why they call you majorvices.  My paltry 6 keg line up is childs play... :o
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: bluesman on December 02, 2009, 05:45:42 pm
Don't you know that's how they coined the acronym OCD.

Obsessive Cornelius Disorder...damn that majorvices.  ;D
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: majorvices on December 02, 2009, 06:18:58 pm
And can you believe I sometimes have trouble finding an empty keg to put beer in??  ::)

I also have three 15.5 cu. ft. temp controlled chest freezers, but that is another story.  ;D
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: 1vertical on December 02, 2009, 06:30:46 pm
Anyway back on topic, to the OP, take a lead by example...the corny kegs are the way to go
(http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/nahrung/c055.gif)
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: rtrvrtrnr on December 03, 2009, 02:26:28 am
Thanks to all.  I just bought a 2 corny keg system from http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=324 The dude that took the call answered my questions and was very helpful.  Based on this experience, I will do business with them again in the future.
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: wzl46 on December 14, 2009, 06:04:58 pm
And can you believe I sometimes have trouble finding an empty keg to put beer in??  ::)

I also have three 15.5 cu. ft. temp controlled chest freezers, but that is another story.  ;D

Now you're just showing off!
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: theDarkSide on December 15, 2009, 01:49:55 pm
I have did my first kegging ever on Saturday, and thought I screwed something up because it was so easy.  Got a little confused with the carbonation technique ( skaing rather than sitting ) but got some great advise from another forum so I'm good to go.

Enjoy your new kegging system ( I know I'm enjoying mine ).
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: bluesman on December 15, 2009, 02:50:30 pm
And can you believe I sometimes have trouble finding an empty keg to put beer in??  ::)

I also have three 15.5 cu. ft. temp controlled chest freezers, but that is another story.  ;D

Now you're just showing off!

No he just has some majorvices.  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: tygo on December 24, 2009, 03:01:41 am
Thinking about pulling the trigger on a keg system soon.  Question though:  Can you just put the CO2 canister into the fridge along with the kegs or is it necessary to keep it outside of the fridge for temperature reasons?  I can probably convince my wife to get a cheap fridge to put in the garage however I'm not sure that I could make a convincing argument for drilling holes in the side of it.
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 24, 2009, 03:27:16 am
Can you just put the CO2 canister into the fridge along with the kegs
I do keep my CO2 tank in the fridge.
One bad thing is that I never know when I run out of CO2.
I get no warnings and then I am out.
If you keep your tank in room temp the regulator should show you that you are close to be empty.
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: bonjour on December 24, 2009, 03:28:25 am
Thinking about pulling the trigger on a keg system soon.  Question though:  Can you just put the CO2 canister into the fridge along with the kegs or is it necessary to keep it outside of the fridge for temperature reasons?  I can probably convince my wife to get a cheap fridge to put in the garage however I'm not sure that I could make a convincing argument for drilling holes in the side of it.
shhhhh,  you gotta keep the CO2 on the outside, that way you will have more room on the inside for kegs, I mean her stuff!!!

Fred
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: tygo on December 24, 2009, 03:47:02 am
Can you just put the CO2 canister into the fridge along with the kegs
I do keep my CO2 tank in the fridge.
One bad thing is that I never know when I run out of CO2.
I get no warnings and then I am out.
If you keep your tank in room temp the regulator should show you that you are close to be empty.

So the regulator isn't accurate when it's refrigerated?  That makes sense.  How do you know though that your beers are getting the correct pressure if that's the case though?
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: tygo on December 24, 2009, 03:48:52 am

shhhhh,  you gotta keep the CO2 on the outside, that way you will have more room on the inside for kegs, I mean her stuff!!!

Fred

Well, I'll work on the arguments after I figure out what I'm trying to achieve  ;)
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: bonjour on December 24, 2009, 04:37:26 am
So the regulator isn't accurate when it's refrigerated?  That makes sense.  How do you know though that your beers are getting the correct pressure if that's the case though?
the regulator is accurate but the actual pressure in the tank falls with temp to the point tat you would know you are running out of gas.  You will still get the warning but the tank will only last for for a few pours once you see  the pressure is dipping.

Fred
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: dhacker on December 24, 2009, 12:42:29 pm
You will still get the warning but the tank will only last for for a few pours once you see  the pressure is dipping.

Absolutely! And a good reason to have a second tank of C02!
Title: Re: Never keg'd before,
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 24, 2009, 07:43:08 pm
So the regulator isn't accurate when it's refrigerated?  That makes sense.  How do you know though that your beers are getting the correct pressure if that's the case though?
Yes regulator is O.K. and you are getting correct pressure.
I agree with bonjour I just can never catch it when my tank is getting low.
I was thinking about secondary CO2 tank.
I can exchange my tank 6 days a week but I did not do it yet.