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I wanted to get a batch ready for labor day, so I purchased some kegging equipment and opted to keg this beer. However, I am driving 5ish hours to a lake, where I plan to keep the keg in a ice bath once I get there. For the transportation:

1.) Should I keep the CO2 tank hooked up (particularly if its carbed to my liking prior to departure)? At what PSI? I realize I will need it once I get there at low PSI to dispense.

2.) I have no way to keep it cold during the ride, other than some ice packs

3.) Is it ok to keep the keg on its side during the ride?

4.) How long should I let it sit once we arrive?

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Regarding Q#1: Are you asking whether you need to keep the CO2 tank hooked up during the car ride (answer: no), or if you need to bring the tank with you and hook it up when you get there (answer: yes, as you dispense beer you need to keep the tank hooked up to keep the beer at the right pressure). – Henry Jackson Aug 27 '12 at 15:08
edited! and thanks for the clarification! – Pietro Aug 27 '12 at 15:20
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1.) no need to keep the tank hooked up. The keg will retain pressure

2.) No problem

3.) yep. Just make sure it's tightly sealed!

4.) if there's no sediment in the keg, an hour or 2 will be fine. Otherwise, maybe overnight

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ice packs should do the job, you can also buy keg parkas to fit over an ice pack. These keep the keg at serving temp for 5 hours. – mdma Aug 27 '12 at 17:41
one other question, if, by some miracle, the quick carb method worked and my beer is carbonated tonight, will any of the CO2 diffuse out of the keg if I were to keep it pressurized at 50 degrees? I ask because my fermentation chest is set to 50 to ferment an Octoberfest and it would be easier to stick the keg in there as opposed to changing out ice packs for the next 3 days. – Pietro Aug 27 '12 at 17:54
No CO2 can come out of a sealed keg. If you chill it, CO2 will migrate from the headspace into the beer more quickly than it would at room temp, but you want the CO2 in the beer anyway! – Denny Conn Aug 27 '12 at 18:20
right, but I'm asking if the beer temperature increases, will the CO2 migrate from the beer BACK to the headspace? – Pietro Aug 27 '12 at 20:06
Yeah, I think it will to some extent, but it''s dissolve again when you chill it. I've gone from cold to warm to cold many times and it's never been a problem. You'll be fine. – Denny Conn Aug 27 '12 at 20:09

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