Just moved to a new house and finally have room for a chest freezer so I can switch from bottling to kegging. I have a johnson digital temp controller to regulate the freezer so I can keep constant temps. First question is what is the best temp to store kegs at?
Secondly I have a friend that has been brewing for 13years and from what I have read online, his kegging process seems slightly different than everyone else.
Here is what he does: After he has sanitized and transferred the beer into his keg he sets his pressure at 30psi and shakes the keg for at least 5mins until you no longer hear any gas flwoing into the keg. He puts it into his chest freezer and turns off the CO2. Then everyday for about a week he will open up the regulator (I can't remember if its still set to 30psi or if he drops it to around 12psi) at least 3 times a day and lets the gas flow until you hear it stop flowing into the keg. Then after a week its carbonated and he unhooks the CO2 and never hooks it back up when he wants to dispense beer from his picnic tap.
Now from what I keep reading online a lot of people leave the CO2 hooked up and gas flowing while its in the chest freezer for a few days to carbonate it. And they also hook the CO2 back up when they want to dispense their beer. But, his way seems to be working for him for years.
Anyone have an opinion on this?