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Keg Transfer Made Easy...

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by Ross, 28/7/07.

 

  1. Ross

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    Posted 28/7/07
    I know this method was posted a long time ago by Zwickel, but having used it again this morning to transfer a keg for the Qld swap, I just had to post some pics & explain it.
    Transfering beer from keg to keg can be a real headache, with the recieving keg foaming up as it transfers. This method transfers the beer with perfect pressure balance, with the result being a perfect transfer. It's so simple, but never even gave it a though before Zwickel enlightened me.

    Simply connect the 2 gas posts of the 2 kegs together, having purged the recieving keg with CO2 first - This equalises the gas. Then simply connect the 2 beer posts together. Put 1 keg below the other & then give the relief valve of the lower keg a quick release to start the flow. The beer fills the bottom keg & the CO2 from the lower keg transfers to the top keg as it drains. The system is totally closed & in balance :super:
    As you can see from the pic taken straight after transfer, the recieving keg had no foam on it to speak of :)

    Beer transferring
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    Inside recieving keg straight after transfer
    Transfer_002.jpg

    Cheers Ross
     
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    So it's just a quick pop of the pressure relief valve on the receiving keg and then it's the magic of siphon and gravity that does the rest?
     
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    What's up with that second photo? Looks more like dishwater than beer?

    Don't worry I have faith in it being good tasting dishwater if it comes from Carbrook :)
     
  4. Ross

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    Posted 28/7/07
    Yep, spot on :)

    ++++

    Zizzle - That's the CO2 in the keg giving the haze....at least I hops so :unsure:

    cheers Ross
     
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    Hahahaha... someone's obsessed ;)
     
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    Ross would this method work with one of your filters in the middle?
     
  7. Ross

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    It probably would, but would take a little time, but I guess in a closed system, time wouldn't be too big a problem. Not sure why you'd want to, since if you have kegs, you more than likely have gas?

    Cheers Ross
     
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    Why would you want to transfer from one keg to another?

    Rook
     
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    yer true gas would be the g.o.

    Thanks
     
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    Big keg to party keg, blending, sharing.
    :rolleyes:

    Ross thanks for the refresher, I only managed to half fill my party keg halfway last week before the foam started pouring out :( .
    Cheers
    Doug


     
  11. Ross

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    Rook,

    If you let your beer settle in the keg rather than filtering, it's a good way of transfering off the yeast once its cleared, plus party kegs etc...

    Cheers Ross
     
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    First time poster, long time lurker. Have had all my questions answered until this one!!!!!

    If you were transfering from a 18 litre into a 9 litre party how do you know when it is full???

    There is obvoiusly a simple answer to this one!!!!
     
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    Beer in both lines. Of course.

    FROGMAN
     
  14. Zwickel

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    when the smaller keg gets full, beer/foam gets into the gas line, then stop it, or just use a scale.
    Cheers :beer:
     
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    or if the beer is cold you get a condensation line climbing up the side of your receiving keg.
     
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    I thought it would be really simple!!!!!

    thanks guys
     
  17. crozdog

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    Ross,

    I'm assuming the settling (top) keg must have a shortened dip tube for this to work, otherwise won't you just transfer the sludge as well?

    Crozdog
     
  18. Ross

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    That would do it, or you could simply pour a couple & drink them, to clear the yeast around the diptube.

    cheers Ross
     
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    Thank you very much Ross, for the compliment calling me a legend :)

    I try everything to do as simple as possible.

    instead of shortening the dip tube you may bow it to the edge of the keg like that:

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    so the sludge stays in the middle.

    edit: spelling
     
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    I had reason to do this today,works a treat.
    Very worthwhile post,I have pinned it

    Batz
     
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