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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Leaking Keg Lid(s) / Newbie Kegger Question
« on: September 01, 2015, 09:16:48 PM »
That's kind of what I was thinking of doing as well Wingnut. I don't have to keg (the first batch) for another two weeks but I have all 4 kegs cleaned and re-furbed. I took delivery on all the pieces and parts for the frig-to-kegerator conversion that will be happening over the next couple of days, including the empty CO2 tank. My LHBS now fills tanks so I thought I would get that filled now and test the kegs as you described with sanitizer so it's ready to go when the fermenting IPA is ready to rack.

Thanks again.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Leaking Keg Lid(s) / Newbie Kegger Question
« on: August 24, 2015, 11:36:38 PM »
Thanks all for the confirmation.

Kegging and Bottling / Leaking Keg Lid(s) / Newbie Kegger Question
« on: August 24, 2015, 09:26:48 PM »
This is likely one of those newbie questions that I think I already know the answer to, but would like to confirm.

Have had 4 kegs (pin lock) I purchased last year - don't remember where - for $99. Couldn't pass it up even though I wasn't ready to start kegging. I am now!

I just got around to re-furbing the kegs - although I did a thorough rinse last year. Over this past weekend I soaked the insides for several hours with PBW (with the pieces and parts inside), replaced all the o-rings (lid, dip tubes, posts), and lubed them. When I re-attached the tubes, posts, and top I inverted the kegs to let the PBW hit the tops for a bit. Water leaked out from around the lids - all of them.

I am assuming that since the keg was not pressurized at all with gas (all the accessories are on their way) the lid would never be fully sealed. Should I withhold the final verdict until I'm able to put a little gas on them?

Questions about the forum? / Re: Links on AHA Page Broken
« on: December 26, 2013, 09:19:50 PM »
Yep, here too.

Every link takes me to 404 error - "webpage cannot be found".

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Low Carbonation in Bottles
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:31:35 PM »
++1 The nice whirlpool produced by racking into the bottling bucket has always sufficed for me.

I have also noticed that it sometimes takes a little bit longer for corn sugar to get the carb where it should be. I have usually not had any issues with good carbonation within two weeks using table sugar (sucrose).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:10:32 PM »
I have typically done a good vigorous rinse (2 - 3X) as described by several already right after pouring and stored them until the next bottling day. The day before bottling, I usually run them all through the hot rinse in the dishwasher on a spare bottom rack for the outsides, then do a hard and hot rinse with a jet bottle washer for the inside. Lastly I fill them all with a StarSan solution with the bottle filler and then drain the StarSan back into the bucket and place them upside down back on the spare dishwasher rack.

Maybe every third time or so I will soak them in a utility sink filled with PBW laced water in lieu of the dishwasher rinse. Occasionally/rarely during this I'll notice scraps of film when I drain the PBW out of a bottle or two.

Equipment and Software / Re: Northern Brewer Stainless Growler
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:29:40 PM »
What do you all think about the possibilities of filling it with fully carbed/conditioned brew from 12 oz bottles?

I assume when you're talking about 'holding pressure' you're talking about filling it from a keg with a beer gun or equivalent. Not being set up for kegging, I was wondering if you could fill any growler (glass or stainless) with beer from several 12 oz bottles in the morning and still expect it to be carbonated enough come say 4:00?

Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: February 18, 2011, 11:55:48 PM »
Very impressive all! Given that a chest freezer is likely coming my way in the not too distant future (once the folks downsize and move into a condo) I hope to be doing a similar conversion myself. You have all provided some great inspiration.

One thing I was wondering - all the chest freezer conversions showcased here appear to have the collar attached to the freezer and not the lid. I watched a YouTube video of another conversion where he had the collar connected to the lid. Mentioned something about it being much easier to lift full cornys over the freezer w/o the collar.

Any comments from those already using a chest freezer/kegerator?

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