Kegging Tricks and Tips
1) Test your keg for
leaks by pressurizing it with at least 15 PSI of CO2 and verify that it
holds pressure by pressing in the center of the gas side poppet valve an
2) Donít forget to rinse, inspect and sanitize your keg before each and every use.
3) You should fill the
keg Ĺ way up with sanitizer and then shake the keg to coat all surfaces.
4) To sanitize the dip
tube, pressurize the keg and press the liquid side poppet.
5) Rinse your keg at least twice with hot water after sanitizing, and donít forget to flush the dip tube with rinse water.
6) Put the lid and
gasket in boiling water before kegging.
7) Sit your keg upside
down until you are ready to fill.
8) Make sure that your
siphon hose will reach to the bottom of the keg and disturb your beer as
little as possible while siphoning your beer into the keg.
9) Donít fill the keg past the short gas line inlet.
10) Pressurize your keg
with about 10 pounds of CO2 after closing the lid.
11) The easiest way to clean & sanitize your homebrew tap equipment is to fill a keg up with 2.5 gallons of sanitizer and then to use CO2 pressure to push the sanitizer through the tap. You should follow with a clean tap water rinse.
Additional Kegging Tips
1) If you decide to naturally carbonate, then charge your 5 gallon keg with 1/3 cup of corn sugar boiled in one cup of water.
2) Even though you are naturally carbonating the beer, fill the keg with about 10 pounds of CO2 pressure and then purge the air out (see step 10 above). Then re-charge the keg with 30 pounds of CO2 to seal the lid. Natural carbonation rarely produces enough CO2 volume at one time to seal the keg lid by itself.
3) Also, if you decide to naturally carbonate, donít forget to cut ĹĒ off the end of the dip tube. The dip tube reaches almost all the way to the bottom of the keg and no one wants a slug of yeast in their glass of beer.
4) A new, clean toilet brush works great for cleaning kegs (honest).
5) Resist the temptation to leave any type of chlorinated sanitizer sitting in your kegs for an extended period of time Ė itís very hard on the stainless steel.
6) If you really want
clear beer, then you can always keg and then transfer your beer over to a
second keg in a month or two with CO2 pressure and a jumper.
7) Too much hops, too
little mouth feel?
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