A (primarily metal) container for storing and serving beer.

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How long do I have to finish a keg once it's been tapped?

I have a kegerator setup with CO2 and a tap. Once a keg has been put into the kegerator, how long will it stay good? What can I do to ensure that I get the longest life possible out of a keg once ...
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Is there a way to use my kegging system to carbonate beer for bottling without a beer gun?

The only solutions I've found are expensive, and involved a pricey piece of equipment called a beer gun. Is there a way to carbonate my beer before bottling so I can ensure a good carbonation?
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Corny keg that won't hold pressure.

I have a corny keg that won't hold pressure unless it's kept at constant pressure at around 10 - 15 psi which apparently is enough to compress the seal against the opening of the keg enough to stop ...
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What to look for in second-hand kegs?

In order to save some cash I'm thinking of buying some 2nd hand [19L/5G] kegs. When visiting a seller, what kind of inspection should I do to ensure that the kegs will last? Are there any tell-tale ...
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Cold Conditioning in carboy vs keg

I have a wheat and a golden ale, both in 5 gal carboys, that have been in secondary fermentation for 2 weeks. I was planning on letting them settle for another week and then transferring them to kegs ...
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How do I clean a 5 gallon root beer keg?

I was given a pair of Virgils kegs with root beer still in them, and I've been wanting to use them for homebrewing. I was at a brewery tour a little while ago and I was told that it's nearly ...
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How often should a keg be disassembled and cleaned?

Right now I give my corny kegs and beer lines a hot rinse, PBW soak, rinse and Starsan in-between batches. I inspect for gunk but don't fully disassemble (posts, etc.) unless there's something ...
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Cask beer at home

Anyone have a good source for getting smaller versions of a firkin for home use? I am interested in casking some beer at home for parties and special occasions. Are there any good links out there for ...
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How do you degas an empty Sanke Keg?

When folks legally acquire Sanke kegs for conversion to kettles, mash tuns or HLTs, the first step is often to relieve the pressure inside the keg before dismantling the spear and valve. How best is ...
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How do you clean and fill a keg manually?

What equipment is required to clean and fill a commercial keg (not one adapted for homebrewing), before paying for a full blown keg washer and filler? Is this even possible?
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What do I need to refurbish a corny keg?

What do I need to prepare a used corny keg (picked up at a flea market say) for brewing? Should I replace the seals? Do I need a special tool to remove the posts? What products and techniques ...
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Bottling kegged beer

My dilemma is this. I received a rare beer in a 1/2 barrel keg. I've been nursing on this beer from my kegerator now for 5 weeks (even had a party) and I've still got 5 gallons left. It sits at 9% so ...
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Pros and Cons of different keg types?

What are the Pros and Cons of the different keg types, e.g.: Plastic barrel keg, such as a King Keg Cornelius/Corny Keg? Edit - following the comment from PJ can I clarify that this question is ...
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Re-use the mini kegs that are used in 'Krups Beer Tender' for home brewing?

For me, these 5 liter kegs seem like the perfect device for storage as well as remaining fresh when making beer. I understand there is a way to remove the top piece of the mini keg with some type ...
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Dry hopping in the keg.

I have been bottling my beer for years now and am just getting in to kegging. I would love to start to dry hop directly in the keg but am worried about sediment in my beer. Is dry hopping in the keg ...
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How do I reduce the amount of head when dispensing from a keg?

I just got a couple of used kegs from a former brew club member, he had to move away and sell all his brewing supplies :-( The good news was that I picked up two kegs, a CO2 tank and all the required ...
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Keg/CO2 question as I think about moving to kegging

This is probably a foolish one, but... So you can force carbonate with a keg (or sugar carbonate, but of course why would you), and then serve from the keg with the CO2 to help dispense. But, if ...
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What's the difference between a corny keg and a pony keg?

I'm looking at getting a kegerator since bottling kinda sucks. I'm on Amazon and they have a fridge that can take:"1/2 barrels / Full Size Kegs (15.5gal), 1/4 barrels / Ponies (7.75gal)". I've only ...
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Emptying bottles into a keg

I have about 3 gallons worth of IPA that are sitting in bottles. I just got a new 5 gallon keg and I really want to use it. Would it be a good idea to empty my bottles into the keg or is this ...
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Why am I getting foam in my keg line when dispensing?

I have a two-tap kegerator which I use to dispense commercial 5-gallon kegs. My lines are about 3 feet long1 and I keep my pressure at 10psi and my temperature relatively cold. Whenever I draw from ...
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Dual Faucet Kegerator and kegs

I am looking for a good dual faucet kegerator for home brewing. I brew in the normal 5.5 gallon batches. I am wanting to move away from bottling and into kegging, and I really want to be able to do ...
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Replace o-Rings on Keg?

I have not had my kegging system for long but have had a good amount of use from it already. How often should all the o-Rings or small little black seals be replaced? They seem fine now but I would ...
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Is cold CO2 required for proper kegerator?

I've seen most in-home kegerators have the CO2 tank and regulator inside the fridge. But I remember from my bar-working days that the CO2 tank was outside the fridge. Does this really make a ...
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How Long Will a Keg Hold Carbonation if Disconnected from the CO2 Tank?

How long will a keg hold carbonation if it is disconnected from the CO2 tank? Does the type of keg matter?
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Disconnecting a keg

I have a mobile bar business and wanted to add draught beers to our menu. I am a layman with regards to this but I understand how the basic system works using a CO2 (or 70/30 CO2 & Nitrogen) and ...
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What are some good places to get a keg for a brew kettle?

I got my first keg from a beer store, whom I asked if they had any kegs I could buy outright. The keg they "sold" me was in really good condition, and only cost me $30. I'm looking to get a second ...
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Keeping beer from entering CO2 line while Carbing Keg?

So I am getting ready to carbonate my first keg! But I am worried about beer entering the CO2 line if I use the 'rock on my lap like a baby' method :) I am worried because I tried to carbonate a ...
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Gas line : does it need to be sterilized?

I'm reading websites and I'm viewing videos where people show how to wash kegs, but they never wash their gas line. I was wondering if it's necessary to do so? I'm asking this because I would like to ...
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What are the exact dimensions/specs of the fittings on a standard stainless steel Hansen Coupler?

I have a standard stainless steel Hansen Coupler for Pin-Lock type Cornelius Kegs. I'm trying to find the exact specs on both the 1/4 MFL and the inside (female) threads, where it connects to the ...
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How to properly keep a warm kegged beer (short term)

This is a combination keg/carbonation/beer storage question. I have only fridge/freezer room for either a carboy or my (currently 1) keg. I have about half of the corny keg left of a light cream ...
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How can I ferment in a corny keg under constant pressure?

I'm thinking about switching from fermenting (primary and secondary) in glass carboys to using Cornelius kegs. Specifically, I'd ferment a 5.5 gallon batch in a 10 gallon carboy. My goal is to ...
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Got first 2 kegs and need advice

I just bought two 15.5 gallon kegs yesterday from a local brewery that is closing its doors. They asked for $15 each so there was no way I could pass them up. They are in great condition. I would ...
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Dangers of Sanke Kegs

I recently told some other brewers how I have used a Sanke keg and they tried to convince me that they were dangerous. They had heard of the ball being shot up out of the keg when trying to clean ...
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Corny keg fermentors

I had been thinking about using a couple corny kegs as fermentors. Maybe even trimming up some dip tubes to be able to CO2 push finished beer out of the kegs to clean serving kegs. Here are some of ...
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(Should) my keg floweth over?

So, I kegged my first time (straight from a 3.5wk primary vs 2wk, which I recommend). I tried a little bit of the "force carb", i.e. set to 25-30psi and agitate the keg until I didn't hear any more ...
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Pin lock vs Ball lock

When it comes to corny keg disconnects, what are the pros and cons of pin lock vs ball lock posts? Seems like there are more spare parts available for the ball lock kind.
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what can I do with an old corny keg?

I have a corny keg with a neck that doesnt seal what else can i do with it besides carb. and serve beer? above the seal it is all bent up and have tied to repair with no success.
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Is there a standard size for CO2 tank nozzles?

I'm thinking of buying this kegerator on Amazon, but was wondering if the smaller tank size will make it harder to find a place to fill it. Also, if I'd like a bigger tank at some point will the ...
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How do you open a Type-S (European) Sankey keg?

I own a Type S Sankey keg. How can we open it for cleaning, sanitization, and filling? In particular, is there a tool we can purchase to make opening and re-closing safe and easy?
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How quickly do i need to drink my beer?

I've somehow managed to brew a bloody lovely bitter (for my first time) in a pressurised keg but now i've started drinking it, is there any kind of best before? Or do I literally need to drink 10 ...
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Transporting Pressurized CornyKegs

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 ...
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Is a dual-body CO2 regulator worth the additional cost?

I have a five cubic foot chest freezer converted into a kegerator. Since I set this up, I've had a standard regulator and one corny or sixth barrel sanke keg in there at a time. I'm planning to slowly ...
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Kegging Vs Bottling in regards to Conditioning

I recently started kegging, roughly 6 batches ago. Initially I would keg two batches and place them in the refridgerator, waiting two weeks for them to carbonate "naturally" (as opposed to "forced" ...
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What kind of connectors do I need for my keg, and where can I get them?

I have a European Sankey keg with a Type S tap, but my CO2 container only has connectors for a ball-lock valve. What connectors do I need to get the tap pictured attached to my CO2? It would help to ...
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How is the Heineken Draughtkeg made?

I am sorry for the noob question, I'm not a beer professional, but just curious about some things :) So I've seen this thing: http://heinekendraughtkeg.com/ and it looks like barrel with a CO2 tube ...
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Does keg secondary fermentation temperature matter?

I'm considering investing in a keg, fridge, etc. I live in a warm climate and currently do secondary fermentation in the bottles in the heat. I've read that people have chest freezers to store kegs. ...
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How hard must I tighten the posts on the keg?

I purchased two used kegs from NB. I went to Home Depot with one of the kegs and bought the deep sockets to take the posts off. In the store I was unable to pull either the in or out posts out. I ...
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Can a keg explode?

As I read in some answers to other questions they should not explode, is it true? Why is that? Is it because they have a safety valve or just because they are very strong?
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I have a keg, now what?

A co-worker of mine had a roommate move out and leave his brewing stuff behind, including two 5 gallon kegs (pictured below). Co-worker ended up giving them to me for free. Obviously you need a CO2 ...
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Kill yeast in keg

I've got a batch of cider that I've kegged. I did so at about 1.011 (OG was 1.052 IIRC). While the yeast activity will decline as the keg chills, I'd like to stop it completely so that I can bottle ...