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Should I get into kegging?

Discussion in 'Kits & Extracts' started by theQuinny, 27/7/18.

 

  1. theQuinny

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    Posted 8/8/18

    Both stories, a little funny & a little sad at the same time :)
     
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    Posted 9/8/18
    Ok, I searched ... my search generated 10 pages of results. After going through the first five pages and google, I'm going to ask...

    I'm looking for a drip tray that will fit on a fridge door that is curved. I saw the magnetic tool tray holders etc, but I'd like to keep with the stainless bar look if possible (I'm trying to impress the missus, remember).

    I thought I could get a backing plate 3D printed with a flat surface on one side & slight curve on the other to match the door... I guess I could shape a nice piece of timber as well for that matter. I'm using 100mm shanks, so I don't have a lot of space to play with.

    Ideas ?


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    Posted 10/8/18
    On the topic of kegging ... mate at work & I were talking... (at the moment, I'm extract / boil brew & he's FWK)

    May I ask a question?

    If I bottle with a few carb drops in 750ml PET bottles, my understanding is carbonation is done in about a week or so. You wouldn't even think of drinking it at a week. I've tried, it's horrible. I always leave them for at least six weeks before trying one ...

    I'm just about to do my first keg. How does forced carb make the beer drinkable in a few days? I don't get that bit ...

    (by the way - my kegs are from kegland ...

    just jokes :fallingoffchair:)


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    Posted 11/8/18
    Beer conditions faster in kegs than bottles, and you don't have the secondary fermentation step if you're using a gas cylinder to carbonate them. That said, I usually don't drink mine in a few days unless the keg goes on gas as soon as I fill it which doesn't happen often, but I have found that they improve a lot quicker.

    If I put one in straight away, it's usually carbonated by the next evening and I do drink it, but I can tell it needs a bit of time. A week or so later and it's much better.
     
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    Posted 11/8/18
    How curved is the door? I just used one of the 40cm ones from KK, my fridge door has a very slight curve but I just have my mounting screws sitting out a tiny bit more. I could tighten the up to pull the stainless tight to the fridge but hasn't been an issue. Linky
     
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    Thanks Rocker. I'm about to do my first keg this afternoon.


    Yep MM - that looks the way to go ... Thanks for the link.
     
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    Posted 11/8/18
    Damn ... just went to put the regulator on the bottle ... with the $100's worth of spanners I have in the shed - not one big enough for the reg ...

    What is it 28mm by the ruler ? - and I was already at Bunnings this morning... damn.


    [Edit] Crisis averted ... found a dodgy shifter in the missus tool box ...
     
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    Posted 11/8/18
    I use my larger shifters for this.
     
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    Posted 11/8/18
    Yeah shifter is my choice for that too
     
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    Posted 11/8/18
    All sorted ! ... thanks boys ...
     
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    Posted 11/8/18
    Today was the day that I fell in love with kegging ...

    What a wonderful experience ...

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    Now I have to get the fridge sorted out ... :)
     
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    Posted 11/8/18
    You want to get the keg cold as it will take a long time to absorb the c02
     
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    Posted 12/8/18
    Yep ... One minor flaw in my plan ... I haven't got the fridge ready yet. :(
     
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    Posted 12/8/18
    I just throw in 80grams of dex in a syrup at kegging. Gives it a good amount of carbonation after a few weeks. Only time i use dex.
     
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    I wouldn't bother with dex but you might as well take the keg off the gas now anyway. Wait until it goes into the fridge then put it back on again.
     
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    Posted 12/8/18
    Yep - that's what I've done.
     
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    Posted 12/8/18

    You could also do a close transfer to minimise oxidation by hooking the gas on the corny to the fermenter. As the corny fills up with beer the Co2 from your corny (pre purged with Co2), will fill the void in the fermenter.
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    Posted 13/8/18
    That looks interesting ... is the keg just purged with CO2? i.e. @ 0 psi (for want of a better expression).
    What sort of fitting is that on the fermenter? I guess it wouldn't matter - if the tube just the same size as the air lock grommet ...


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    Taps arrived today !

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    Posted 13/8/18
    The Co2 purging comes out through the liquid post, pushing all the sanitiser out till it's '0 psi, or no pressure'. Then the gas disconnects are connected as pictured.

    Top of fermenter: Bung>Silicon tube (flexible for a nice air tight fit) > Carbonation Cap> Gas Disconnect
    Bottom of fermenter: Vinyl tube> Hose Clips (as the Grainfather conical tap is very big ) > Liquid Disconnect
     

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