Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A new brewing adventure...

After years and years of brewing and bottling my own beers, I've decided to try my hand at kegging my beer. Bottling my beer is nice, and the beers tend to last longer in the bottle, all the prep work before bottling happens has become a chore. Unboxing the bottles, cleaning the bottles, sanitizing the bottles, bottling the beer, and then capping them takes a lot of time.

Since I had some gift certificates to Northern Brewer, I decided to take the kegging plunge. I bought a used kegging systems, complete with a 5 gallon soda keg, a dual gauge gas regulator, a gas hose, and a beer hose with a picnic type tap.

I've already cleaned the keg and replaced the o-rings, so now all I have to do is fill the keg. Since I made a Black Lager about a year ago, and it's been sitting in my beer fridge in a secondary fermenation state for about 8 months or so, it will be the Black Lager that I will keg.

Since I have the next two days off, I will keg this beer during this time off, and by Saturday or Sunday, it should be ready for consumption, compared to the two weeks it would take if I had bottled it.

I'm a little nervous, but excited about this new adventure in brewing.

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55breakin80 said...

Hey -
My son got a keg setup like you described for his birthday.

Everything ended up working fine, except the batch we brewed turned out to be almost undrinkable.

Now we've got the chore of re-cleaning all the equipment.

DufferKev said...

Hey Steve congrates on your next step! I made a tap fridge, and got a u-brew place to fill/carbenate my pony kegs for me. Nothing like a frosty mug from you own fridge after a long day! Latter Kev.

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