26 Apr
2012
Posted in: Home Brewing, Kegging
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What Do I Need to Start Kegging Home Brewed Beer?

After brewing for many years and becoming sick of bottling 50+ beers everytime I brewed a 5 gallon batch of beer, I was ready for an easier and better way to carbonate my homebrew! Not to mention waiting that extra couple of weeks for the beer to carbonate in the bottles.  That’s another 2+ weeks of time waiting for your beer to become ready to drink, when you could already be drinking it the day after it is done fermenting!

So I decided to try kegging my homebrew. I was a little intimidated at first with all the new equipment, but after seeing the simplicity of it, and how much easier it is than bottling I will never go back to bottling!

What you need to start kegging your home brewed beer:

  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

I know if you have never done this, you are thinking “I don’t even know what those things are that I need.”  But not to fear, there are plenty of homebrew keg kits out there, that come fully assembled and with EVERYTHING you need to start kegging your homebrew!

What to do:

  1. Remove your keg lid, rinse out and fill with sanitized solution.
  2. Place lid back on keg and attach your gas-in line and pressurize to 5-10psi just for 5-10 seconds to get some pressure in the keg.
  3. Attach your beer-out line and open the tap to allow for sanitizer to flow out. Once sanitizer has run through your keg lines for a minute or so, open the keg and empty any additional sanitizer. Remove your beer line now also.
  4. Transfer your homebrew into the keg, attach the lid, and add some CO2 to ensure good seal with the lid. (Note: Before transferring your beer to the keg, make sure your beer has is cold.  CO2 will take to cold liquids better than warm ones. I do this by placing my fermenter in the fridge the night before I keg the beer).
  5. Lay keg on its side, crank your CO2 up to about 15-25psi and roll/shake keg back and forth for 5-6 minutes or until you hear your keg stop “gurgling”.
  6. Stand keg upright and place keg in your refrigerator, leave gas line attached and open at 15-25 psi for 24 hours.
  7. After about 24 hours, release some pressure and set the PSI to about 6-10psi.
  8. Re-attach black beer line assembly, grab a glass and enjoy yourself a nice homebrew!

That’s all there is to it!  You will have carbonated beer within 24 hours of kegging it, not weeks!

This is by no means the only way to keg your home brewed beer, but it is the fastest!  So if you are impatient like I am, and want to taste your beer as soon as possible, this is the way to go!  Take it from me, once you start kegging and see how easy and great it is, you will never want to bottle your home brewed beer again!

Cheers!

So, what do you think?