Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:20 pm

I plan on taking each of my connections and kegs, pressurizing them, and hold them upside down in a bucket of star san and look for bubbles.

I haven't had an evening yet this week to check over the system. So, right now I've just got the keg perssurized, and the CO2 turned off. I can still draw beer, I just have to turn it on every day or two to keep 10 psi.
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Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:42 pm

BugeaterBrewing wrote:Here are all my bookmarked links to kegging.

http://hbd.org/clubs/franklin/public_ht ... lance.html
http://hbd.org/carboy/ballkegclean.htm
http://www.ipass.net/%7Empdixon/Homebrew/Lubricants.htm
http://www.ipass.net/mpdixon/KegThreadSizes.htm
http://www.hbd.org/carboy/kegpresstester.htm
http://www.bodensatz.com/staticpages/in ... =Soda-Kegs
http://www.ebrew.com/primarynews/ct_car ... _chart.htm
http://www.shagg.net/brewing/?p=10
http://cruisenews.net/brewing/kegging/index.php
http://kegman.net/balance.html
http://www.schwedhelm.net/brew/freezerator.html
http://www.homebrew.com/pdfs/CO2chart.pdf


This should keep you occupied for a few hours.

If you still have any questions on kegging, ask away and the BN army can supply you with a couple hundred conflicting opinions. 8)

Great score there! Have fun.

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This should be made a sticky at the top of kegging. So many of my questions are answered in this thread and Bug's collection of links on this topic is excellent.
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Re: Brand spanking new to kegging

Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:43 pm

For the Gas supply lines I've seen a couple different ways to go - is there any difference in the strength of clear tubing vs. opaque reinforced gas lines?

I'm used to using the opaque line for running air tools. But if the wall is thick enough and since the pressure for beer is much lower than for a nail gun (under 20 psi vs 80-120psi) the clear tubing might be much more than adequate. Plus you can see if you one way valve fails and beer is sucked into the gas line? More Beer is selling the clear tubing for both beer and gas lines, but most of the pictures have a colored gas tubing and clear beer supply lines.
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Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:29 am

I'm pretty new to kegging myself, but the clear lines are more than adequate for the pressures you're using. Plus, I've already had one instance where I had beer sucked up the gas line, and I saw it happening and closed the valves in time.
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Re: Brand spanking new to kegging

Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:15 am

Brew Engineer wrote:I've already had one instance where I had beer sucked up the gas line, and I saw it happening and closed the valves in time.


That happened to me too on several occasions, I didn't think much about it since I sanitized everything often..... except for the CO2 line. What's a little beer in the CO2 line if you blow it outta there with CO2 when you see it. An infection, that's what. Ruined 3 batches before I figured out (with the help of petedadink) that is was my CO2 line.

I'm here to say that infections can exist in your CO2 lines too. Get check valve(s) and clean everything.
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Re: Brand spanking new to kegging

Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:03 pm

What I was wondering about was purging kegs with CO2. How do you know when you've got the air out?
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Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:31 pm

When you fill that keg right to the top with no-rinse sanitizer, then put on the lid and push the sanitizer out with CO2, THEN you have purged your keg!
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Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:40 pm

Quin wrote:What I was wondering about was purging kegs with CO2. How do you know when you've got the air out?


When it is filled up with beer... :D

Nope, you never really know. I kinda imagine it's like pouring water into oil - but not as dramatic. Yes, CO2 is heavier than air, but not by much. It probably takes a long time for all of if to drop down and separate. When I do it, I hook up the gas to the liquid line and open the pressure relief valve for 10 seconds or so. Then I use a jumper and push some starsan in there - again, venting with the pressure relief. Since it's filling up with liquid very slowly from the bottom - I imagine that most of any remaining O2 is pushed out first. Finally, the starsan gets pushed out of there with CO2 - onto the next keg.


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