Kegging Beer

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Kegging Beer

Postby Dan3759 » Thursday Mar 27, 2008 11:15 pm

Hey all,

My mate and I have just started brewing our own, and are on our fourth batch. Already we have become sick of the constant process of gathering, sanitising, filling and capping our bottles, so we decided to give kegging a go.
Unfortunately for us, we have absolutely no idea about the process, so any help on topics such as
- Cost
- The process of kegging
- Acquiring the correct pressure
- And any other general advice would be greatly appreciated

Oh, and we are brewing Australian Lagers, if that is relevant...

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Re: Kegging Beer

Postby Kevnlis » Friday Mar 28, 2008 8:42 am

I would suggest you get a chest freezer and put a collar on it.

Buy a shank and tap assembly (one will be plenty if you are only doing 1 beer at a time).

You will need 4 kegs minimum plus all the gear to get them running properly.

The correct pressure for an Aussie lager is probably somewhere around 140-160 kpa.

General advice would be to call Ross @ Craftbrewer and he will sort you out ;)
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Re: Kegging Beer

Postby rwh » Friday Mar 28, 2008 9:15 am

Dan3759 wrote:Cost

There's a lot of info on here. For example: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3207
Dan3759 wrote:The process of kegging

AHB has some good articles (you will need to register and log in to see them):
A beginners guide to kegging

Dan3759 wrote:Acquiring the correct pressure

Balancing a draught system
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Re: Kegging Beer

Postby Boonie » Friday Mar 28, 2008 11:42 am

Sums it up, well done rwh...again.

You will not go back to bottling.

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Re: Kegging Beer

Postby Trough Lolly » Friday Mar 28, 2008 3:46 pm

Boonie wrote:You will not go back to bottling.

Cheers

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And if you do, I'll buy your kegs and freezer!! :lol: :wink:

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Re: Kegging Beer

Postby Paul » Friday Mar 28, 2008 8:27 pm

If your getting into this dont try and carbonate your beer up to 140 - 160 kpa. It'll be fizzy like Coke.

About 80 - 90 kpa will get you a beer like at the pub.

Use 5mm beer line about 3mm long to get a steady pour speed.

Good luck with it.
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Re: Kegging Beer

Postby Kevnlis » Friday Mar 28, 2008 9:28 pm

Yes, pour at 80-90 with 3 metres (not mm) of 5mm line... I use 5 metres myself. The carbonation level of an Aussie lager is actually more like 140-160 kpa in my experience. Experiment with your gear, it will not take long to get it right!
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Re: Kegging Beer

Postby lethaldog » Saturday Mar 29, 2008 8:43 am

Paul wrote:If your getting into this dont try and carbonate your beer up to 140 - 160 kpa. It'll be fizzy like Coke.

About 80 - 90 kpa will get you a beer like at the pub.

Use 5mm beer line about 3mm long to get a steady pour speed.

Good luck with it.

Gonna be hard to put the connections on with this much line :lol: :lol:
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Re: Kegging Beer

Postby Paul » Saturday Mar 29, 2008 10:48 am

Bloody beer goggles last night. I was as blind as a welders dog when I typed that. Shouldve read 3 metres of 5mm line.
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