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Newbie Kegging Questions

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SecondRow_Sean:
On the liquid side I'm connecting the tubing to a 1/4" tail piece; do I need to clamp the tubing, or will it be ok?

Joe Sr.:
I have clamps on all of my connections, except for the barb of the picnic taps. 

I recommend it, though I suppose you could go without since the taps don't leak.

It's cheap insurance, though.

SecondRow_Sean:
So I set the gauge to about 10psi and rolled it back and forth with my foot for about 10 minutes.  Beer was chilled to 40F. It's been in the keezer about two days now, and I feel like the carbonation is still a little low. I checked the posts/lid with star san and I don't see anything. Also, the high side gauge hasn't dropped any (at least not noticeably). What could I be doing wrong?

Also, I put close to 5.5 gallons in the keg- could the lack of headspace affect the force carbing?

Jimmy K:
In my experience it is harder to force carbonate a keg with less headspace. And I'm pretty sure if I did what you did with a very full keg, the carbonation would still be low. I'd draw a few "samples" then shake again. That should help. 

SecondRow_Sean:

--- Quote from: mtnrockhopper on January 31, 2013, 06:37:09 AM ---In my experience it is harder to force carbonate a keg with less headspace. And I'm pretty sure if I did what you did with a very full keg, the carbonation would still be low. I'd draw a few "samples" then shake again. That should help.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the info. I'll take a few samples, for science, and try again tonight.

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