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Empty Keg Storage
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:25:33 AM »
Any preferred method while the keg is empty? Lid on/off, under pressure, etc. Cheers!

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2015, 12:36:39 AM »
Purged of sanitizer with CO2 to seat the lid where they rest like soldiers waiting for their call...

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2015, 12:39:02 AM »
Purged of sanitizer with CO2 to seat the lid where they rest like soldiers waiting for their call...

what do you mean "to seat the lid"?

Is this necessary for a week or two storage, or is this for longer term?

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2015, 12:42:56 AM »
Applying just enough pressure to make sure the lid has a good seal. 

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2015, 12:46:11 AM »
Applying just enough pressure to make sure the lid has a good seal.

Can't I just seat the lid by simply shutting the lid?

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015, 12:47:51 AM »
Applying just enough pressure to make sure the lid has a good seal.

Can't I just seat the lid by simply shutting the lid?
If you're not storing it purged of CO2, then yes. And frankly, with good-quality new kegs you don't really need to store them under pressure to seat the lid. All my kegs that I've gotten new from AiH over the past year or so will hold a seal even if they aren't pressurized.
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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2015, 01:20:20 AM »
What's the benefit of storing it purged of CO2? Perhaps I'm slowly losing my mind tonight, but how would you even purge it of CO2 if you're using CO2 gas to push?

Can't I just clean it with PBW, rinse out and leave it be until I sanitize just prior to beer addition?

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2015, 02:35:13 AM »
What's the benefit of storing it purged of CO2? Perhaps I'm slowly losing my mind tonight, but how would you even purge it of CO2 if you're using CO2 gas to push?

Can't I just clean it with PBW, rinse out and leave it be until I sanitize just prior to beer addition?
Right now all of mine are sitting like this, simply cleaned and dried.  I usually have them cleaned, sanitized and pressurized, that way when the keg is need I simply depressurize, pop the top and fill. 

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2015, 10:35:47 AM »
I don't understand the need to keep them pressurized just to have to depressurize prior to filling with beer.

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2015, 11:01:27 AM »
I usually clean and sanitize and leave the keg full of star San mix pressurized.  When I'm ready to swap a keg, I'll clean the next one, and then dump the star San mix from one to the other and repeat.  If the previous keg isn't pressurized when I go to use it, I know I have a leak to deal with before racking beer into it as well.
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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2015, 11:11:45 AM »
I usually clean and sanitize and leave the keg full of star San mix pressurized.  When I'm ready to swap a keg, I'll clean the next one, and then dump the star San mix from one to the other and repeat.  If the previous keg isn't pressurized when I go to use it, I know I have a leak to deal with before racking beer into it as well.
This is my usual as well. I keep a spare keg full of Star San that has been purged with CO2 and pressurized. When I'm ready to fill it, I jump the Star San to an empty keg under pressure, leaving only CO2 behind.
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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2015, 11:17:02 AM »
I don't understand the need to keep them pressurized just to have to depressurize prior to filling with beer.
Couple of reasons.  Pressurized means nothing is getting in there.  It will remain sanitary.  Also, since I'm sealing the keg while wet with Star San I want to avoid oxygen.   

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2015, 11:26:01 AM »
I don't understand the need to keep them pressurized just to have to depressurize prior to filling with beer.
Couple of reasons.  Pressurized means nothing is getting in there.  It will remain sanitary.  Also, since I'm sealing the keg while wet with Star San I want to avoid oxygen.

That's right, plus I have some kegs that leak a little and I can check to see if it held pressure since the last use.
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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2015, 11:56:49 AM »
What's the benefit of storing it purged of CO2? Perhaps I'm slowly losing my mind tonight, but how would you even purge it of CO2 if you're using CO2 gas to push?

Can't I just clean it with PBW, rinse out and leave it be until I sanitize just prior to beer addition?

Purged of O2 with CO2. I think there was a typo.

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Re: Empty Keg Storage
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2015, 12:30:05 PM »

Cleaned and sanitized, dry with a few pounds of CO2 to seat the lid. Stacked and stored waiting for the next batch in my shop.

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