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How to Keg Your Home Brewed Beer - Save Time and Stop Bottling Your Beer

April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

If you're a home brewer, you're likely familiar with the process of bottling beer. Bottling beer is great, except for two major drawbacks:

  1. Cleaning about 50 bottles for every batch of beer get really old, really quickly
  2. After bottling your beer, waiting 2-4 weeks for it to properly carbonate is never an easy feat.

The two drawbacks above are quickly remedied for home brewers who keg their beers in a 5 gallon cornelius keg (corny keg). There are no more bottles to clean, you simply clean out one 5 gallon keg. There is no 2-4 week wait to drink the beer, simply force carbonate and you can drink your beer the next day. If that sounds enticing, then read on to get a feel for how kegging home brewed beer works.

Before the brief explanation of how to keg your beer, here's a quick list of items that you'll need.

  1. 5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball or Pin Lock)
  2. CO2 Tank
  3. Dual Gauge Pressure Regulator
  4. Beer (Black) Disconnect
  5. Gas (Gray) Disconnect
  6. Gas Line
  7. Beer line assembly with party tap

I'm a fan of being able to drink my beer as soon as possible, so I'll be discussing the "force carbonation" method of kegging and carbonating beer. Here's a very brief and very general overview of the process.

  1. Start by rinsing your keg out and then filling it with sanitizer.
  2. Attach your (Gray) gas-in line and pressurize to 5-10psi.
  3. Attach your (Black) beer-out line and open the tap to allow for sanitizer to flow out. Once depressurized, open keg and empty any additional sanitizer.
  4. Transfer your homebrew into the keg, attach the lid, and add some CO2.
  5. Optional: Refer to a carbonation chart to see how many volumes of CO2 you'll need in order to properly carbonate your specific style of beer at its current temperature.
  6. Lay keg on its side, crank your CO2 up to about 15-25psi (again, refer to carbonation chart), and roll/shake keg back and forth for 5-6 minutes or until you hear your keg stop "gurgling".
  7. Place keg in fridge, leave gas line attached and open.
  8. After about 24 hours, your beer will have mellowed out to the point where you won't spray foam everywhere if you try to pour a glass. Release some pressure and set the PSI to about 6-10psi.
  9. Re-attach black beer line assembly, grab a glass and enjoy yourself a nice homebrew!

This is a rough guide to kegging your home brewed beer. As with all things home brew, there are many different techniques that can be used and applied to this process, so don't be afraid to experiment and try some things of your own. One thing that you can be certain of is that you won't miss cleaning bottles, you'll quickly start to wonder how you ever operated without a kegging system.

Branson Hendon writes instructional articles about homebrewing beer and many of the different aspects that can relate to it. If kegging beer sounds interesting to you, visit Keg Outlet and take a look at the Homebrew Keg Kits to get started with kegging your own homebrewed beer.

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