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What Do I Need to Start Kegging Home Brewed Beer?

May 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 132

If you are home brewer, and you are like me, you hate bottling beer once it is done fermenting. After years of doing this, spending hours bottling and cleaning up the mess afterwards, I decided it was time to take the next step and start kegging my home brewed beer.

I was a bit intimidated at first (with all the new equipment that was needed), but after doing some research and finding that I could get everything that I needed in a complete Keg Kit that was already assembled, it made things much easier! There were only about 5 minimum components that you need to start kegging your homemade beer:

What you need:

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

That's all you need!

The Advantages to kegging your homebrew:

  1. Kegging takes a lot less time than bottling. All you need to do is siphon your beer into your keg and attach the CO2 line to the keg! No adding priming sugar, no siphoning into 50+ bottles, no capping, and not nearly as much clean up!
  2. Your beer is ready to drink in days, not weeks! Since you are forcing CO2 into your beer, and not naturally carbonating, it only takes a matter of days for your beer to become fully carbonated.
  3. No Cleaning Bottles! This is the worst, I don't need to say anymore.
  4. Draft Beer! There is nothing quite like getting home from a long day of work and being able to pour yourself an ice cold draft beer in the comfort of your own home!
  5. Keg Parties! Your next super bowl party, or get together with friends you have draft beer! A party just isn't the same without a keg

The list of advantages for kegging vs. bottling can go on and on and I'm sure you will find many reasons why you like kegging over bottling once you try it. So if you are a home brewer, looking to save time and enjoy some good quality draft beer at home, we highly recommend that you look into getting yourself a home kegging kit!

Worried about space? 5 gallon Cornelius kegs are small compared to commercial kegs. I am able to fit a couple of them on one side of the refrigerator that I have in my garage. I just remove a shelf on that side and they fit perfectly!

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 Cornelius Kegs to get started with kegging your own homebrewed beer.

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