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Title: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: dllipe on October 20, 2011, 04:59:52 PM
Bottling got old quick.  I am about to receive a kegging system (1 corny keg, regulator, co2 tank) Now I just need to learn how to do it.  Where can I find some good information on kegging such as the proper amount of pressure for carbonating and serving, line size/length plus any other important factor that needs addressing and troubleshooting techniques?

I have a small fridge in the basement where I'll keep it so no kegerator or keezer yet.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: davidgzach on October 20, 2011, 05:04:21 PM
Congrats!  Kegging rules....... ;)

As for resources, I would search the forum extensively.  These guys have been doing it for years and probably every one of your questions is answered somewhere in here or another forum.

If/when you have more questions, just post them!

Dave
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: theDarkSide on October 20, 2011, 05:06:07 PM
http://www.draughtquality.org/w/page/18182201/FrontPage

I've also found this helpful as a primer:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/Kegging.pdf
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: rjharper on October 20, 2011, 05:43:54 PM
+1 on searching this forum and the draft quality manual.  From my experience, not not trust the 2psi/foot pressure drop of 3/16" line, its more like 1.5.  I run 9' lines at 13 psi, and 38F.  And buy more kegs than you think you'll need...
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: hopfenundmalz on October 20, 2011, 08:19:45 PM
This too, go the the bottom one on the page.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/zymurgy/free-downloads
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: Joe Sr. on October 20, 2011, 08:55:00 PM
And buy more kegs than you think you'll need...

This is sage advice.  I have a dozen, and it feels like too few...  Of course, there's likely something wrong with me.
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: rjharper on October 20, 2011, 09:45:33 PM
And buy more kegs than you think you'll need...

This is sage advice.  I have a dozen, and it feels like too few...  Of course, there's likely something wrong with me.

Likewise I have 12, and wish I had 4 more sometimes.  Of course the keezer only holds 8, so maybe I need a new fridge too...
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: hopfenundmalz on October 20, 2011, 11:55:05 PM
And buy more kegs than you think you'll need...

This is sage advice.  I have a dozen, and it feels like too few...  Of course, there's likely something wrong with me.

Nothing wrong with a dozen.  Says the guy with 20.  Lagering and aging beers ties up the kegs.

I do think a good rule is to estimate what you think you will need, then double.
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: ibru on October 21, 2011, 03:05:20 PM
A few of the small ones (2 1/2 gal) are nice too. They work great for road trips.
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: Jimmy K on October 26, 2011, 08:19:39 PM
A few of the small ones (2 1/2 gal) are nice too. They work great for road trips.

They also fit in a 10 gal orange rubbermaid cooler with the lid closed. Just add a tap and easy portable kegerator.
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: bluesman on October 26, 2011, 08:45:56 PM
A few of the small ones (2 1/2 gal) are nice too. They work great for road trips.

They also fit in a 10 gal orange rubbermaid cooler with the lid closed. Just add a tap and easy portable kegerator.

I have the Ice Cube cooler that I use for my 2.5 gal keg. Fits perfectly.  :)
Title: Re: Moving from bottling to kegging and need educational resources
Post by: captain_sousie on October 26, 2011, 11:07:37 PM
This too, go the the bottom one on the page.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/zymurgy/free-downloads

I've been out of the forum/hobby for a while so I missed that whole page.  It reminds me that I need to renew my membership.  Thanks for posting it.

Sou