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Sounds like you have been doing some research already....good for you!!

A few lessons learned that some of us have painfully gone through:

It costs almost the same to fill a 5 pound cylinder as a 10 pound cylinder. You figure out the cost benefit. I have two ten pounders, once for travel and one stays wit hthe kegerator. When one is depleted I have a backup (came in handy at deercamp to have the spare).

I really lost my butt a few times when starting out because of the seals on the keg not being 100% sealed. Leaving the regulator open to feed my taps was what I wanted to do. A trip back to the gas place two days later with an empty tank happened more than a few times for me. To fix this problem, I never leave my regulator open for long periods of time. If the kegs stay pressurized when left unused for a few days then you will be OK and shouldnt waste gas.

I recommend replacing all of the o-rings on old kegs you buy. I have replaced every o-ring on all of the dozen or so kegs I have and it was well worth it, it helped solve the problem I had mentioned above.

As for carbonating my beer, my SOP is to hit the beer with 30 PSI as soon as I keg the beer andc then let it sit in the fridge for a few days. Thenm hit it again. When I am ready to pour the beer I releae all gas and hit it with serving pressiure. It is NOT scientific, but being and engineer I get tired of being scientific sometimes and just go with what works well for me.

For filling the kegs, its easy.  I only use the 7.9g plastic buckets with spigots. I clean the keg and fully fill with Co2...purging all the air. I attach a drain hose to the fermenter then drain out the first two pints, they will be yeasty. Then I snake the hose down into the keg and fill from the bottom up, pushing out the Co2. It never touches air, I even don't disturb the Co2 blanket on the fermented beer when its draining.

Hope these and the other comments give you some new ideas.

Cheers and beers!!

Tim O

+1 to the lessons learned, plus my own that caused me a few frustrated trips to the LHBS for some CO2...hand tighten the regulator to the tank and then tighten 1/4 turn with a wrench. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 01, 2011, 08:17:33 PM »
what's my budget and how much time do I have?  And while I might be many years from retirement...I might have a brew schedule already in the works...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Needs to Breathe?
« on: July 31, 2011, 04:09:25 PM »
I would also throw out there that being in the bottle for two weeks is definitely enough for most beers to carbonate, but maybe not integrate the flavors.  While you might lose some of the hop aroma, compare the beer in say a month, 2 months, 3 months, etc.  I bet you'll find the flavors integrate a little more and you get the flavors right up front rather than after it warms up...just a suggestion. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Unbalanced pale ale
« on: July 04, 2011, 03:32:17 PM »
.50 cents at the brew store for a hop bag can also did the trick ;)  I think the addition of some hops will get you in the ball park of where you want to be since the hop aroma can often times be enough to trick our brains into thinking we're drinking something much more hoppy than we are...or at a minimum it's a great aroma!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To Tweak or not to Tweak...
« on: July 04, 2011, 11:00:06 AM »
I'm only a couple years into brewing so the few recipes I do make more than once (there's still so many styles to brew for a young brewer like me!), I try to replicate as close to the original as possible. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How NOT to Brew Beer
« on: June 13, 2011, 07:02:37 PM »
"6.  As I pitched the yeast starter, the carboy was too full and at least half of the yeast ended up on the kitchen floor.  No, I didn’t sponge it up and put it in the wort – as you might think I would do given the above."

Actually I expected you to wet vac it, realize you hadn't cleaned the dirt out from for about a good year, but still pitch it.   :P

Congrats on getting a plug on local TV and for standing up to what could be a deadly move for local businesses!  Keep us informed, maybe the power of Homebrewers could unit again to help your cause. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So frustrated
« on: June 03, 2011, 10:31:56 PM »
Thanks all for the suggestions!  I've tightened the regulator for the night and tomorrow I'll fill it up again then start my troubleshooting.  Since I have two kegs and they both have had the same problem separate of each other, I'm going to assume the problem is with the tank/regulator/lines.  I have to admit to feeling much better and less stupid knowing that I'm not the only one with this problem. 

General Homebrew Discussion / So frustrated
« on: June 03, 2011, 11:16:27 AM »
That high pitched muffled scream you just heard states away was me in frustration with my kegging system!  Despite reading the various posts about kegging I just can't get this right!  I replaced the O-Rings, checked for leaks, and carefully filled my keg with beer.  Here I am 5 days later with flat beer, a once full but now bone dry CO2 tank, and nothing but frustration.  Since the wife doesn't seem to understand the frustration I'm venting to you all.  Thanks for having a sympathetic ear. 

I have a brew session filled with blaring Jimi Hendrix, an ESB and a saison!

I have no idea...I'm hoping for some inspiration when I walk into the brew store today.  

I'd prefer to have the lid on...but the wort chiller is too tall and the lid on isn't feasible.

Hmmm . . . now that I think about it, I've always attributed the beer turning out poorly to the beers I drink when I have company during a brew day (it's really rare, I brew alone 95+% of the time).  Maybe it's the company distracting me and not the beers!  This calls for a test ;D

As I was reading this the song "I drink alone" started playing in my head. 

Tubercle brews in the afternoon so wort will at pitching temp the next morning (see other thread somewhere about his). Start crushing grain to finish cleaning and sit down roughly 4.5 - 5 hours. So I would say approximately 4.5 to 5 hours worth.

I like how you speak in the third person!  Makes you either seem like the crazy/radical brewer, or just plain crazy.  Only the flavor of your beer will distinguish that.   ;D

We're hoping that a little polling will help settle a debate at my LHBS about drinking while brewing.  Thanks!

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