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Why less priming sugar in a mini keg?

Your general understanding is pretty much spot-on. I think the thing to consider here is that your reasoning assumes that half or a third of the priming sugar is meant to yield the same amount of ...
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Kegs - Why use a dual regulator instead of a splitter?

You only need multiple line regulators if you want different beers at different pressures. I think 90+% of people just dispense their beers at the same pressure. Hence, they only use one regulator. ...
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Storing the kegs outside during the winter

I don't have all the math in front of me but a typical beer freezes in the mid 20's Fahrenheit. Lower alcohol might be 27F and higher might be 24F. There are a lot of different factors like the volume ...
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Kegging with no fridge

Yes. The relation between temperature, pressure and volumes of CO₂ are true at higher-than-fridge temperatures, as well. The biggest difference is that with the higher pressure required for the ...
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i want a keg cooler that is cheaper than kegerator

Keep an eye on Craigslist for a used refrigerator. You can often get them free or nearly free if you pick it up. That's all you need: take the shelves out, and you can keep your keg in there with a ...
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Force-carbonated Homebrew Keg Foaming

If you completely purge the keg of CO2 and let it sit for 10minutes and the beer pushes itself out with the regulator shut off then the beer is potentially over carbonated. If the beer was overcarbed ...
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What is the best way to stop fermentation?

If primary fermentation is complete, adding priming sugar only allows the wort to consume the newly added sugar; it doesn't continue to ferment afterward. In a 5gal corny keg, 4 oz of corn sugar ...
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Can wine be made in a keg instead of bottles?

I've successfully made wine in corny kegs and had the wine keep for many years. I use Nitrogen to pressurize the keg, which doesn't dissolve into the beer and provides an inert atmosphere.
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Nothing coming out of tap (ball lock corny keg)

You MUST have the poppet in place. And it must be working properly. There are two poppets that work together. One in the post on the keg as pictured AND there is also one inside the beverage line ...
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Making a shandy.

Shandies (and Radlers for that matter) are beer cocktails from their respective home countries. A true shandy is a mix of light wheat or lager beer with lemonade and done in the glass. Companies ...
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Should I lube the gaskets of my kegs?

Vaseline is petroleum based and will degrade black orings. Use food grade silicone spray to keep your keg seals fresh and lubricated.
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Additional equipment for cornelius kegging

It's too much of a shopping list, and especially to start off. For kegging, you need: a keg ;) a way to introduce CO₂ a way to dispense beer From what you've listed, you will need either: the ...
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kegging and carbonation

It depends on how your system is configured, mainly on the length, inner diameter, and material of the liquid lines. This article explains it better than I could. Most home draft systems seem to ...
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Saving Kegged Beer For Later

Commercial kegs in distribution, either in transit or in waiting to be put on tap in bar are … exactly the situation you describe. It will be just fine. You don't really need to add any additional ...
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can I top off at 5.25 gallons instead of 5?

There's certainly nothing that's going to stop you, and everything will probably turn out fine if you make no changes to your recipe and just throw in an extra 1/4 gallon at the end. But you are ...
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Can wine be made in a keg instead of bottles?

It's absolutely possible to do so. The main thing you have to watch out for is oxidation. A bottle of wine, once opened, is going to be consumed fast enough for oxidation to not be a problem. A cask/...
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Co2 shut-off valve

You have a leak. As long as your connections and lines and kegs are sealed up tight, you don't have to turn off the main valve because there's nowhere for the gas to go. You can spray Star San (or ...
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Is it possible to know how many volumes of CO2 end up in a keg after force carbonating?

Its not impossible to know how much CO2 is dissolved in the beer. There are tools for measuring it. Many professional breweries use these tools because have an exact carbonation level is important ...
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Can I store less then 5 gallons in a keg?

There are a few issues with storing beer in any half full container. All of these issues are manageable. The first issue is oxygenation, but if you flush the keg with CO2 it will be fine while it is ...
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Can I use gelatin in a soda keg?

As farmersteve said, yes you can. But in my experience you can get less than desirarable results if done wrong. Problem happens when force carbonation method or timing messes with the clarification ...
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Carbonation Disappearing

my best guess is no leak, but as you pour, if you dont continue to keep the pressure constant, the carbonation will come out of solution, and you will continually get flatter and flatter beer as you ...
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Storing the kegs outside during the winter

There's a formula used for determining the freezing point of a given beer in the brewing industry, taken from this book: Freezing point(°C) = -(0.42 * ABW% + 0.04 * OG[°P] + 0.2) You can easily ...
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Can a keg explode?

Just to be clear this is regarding steel or aluminium kegs... in the end they'll all fail at a high enough pressure but will they explode or will they leak first (not everything explodes)? In ...
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Keeping the keg lines and fittings clean

Assuming everything is stored properly cool, it isn't necessary to worry about cleaning the tap line in between pours, even if it takes you several months to finish the keg. If beer has sat unmoving ...
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Keeping the keg lines and fittings clean

Generally speaking, as long as you still have beer in the keg and you're pushing it out with CO2, you should be fine. This assumes that you're keeping your keg cool (beer is a food product as should ...
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can I top off at 5.25 gallons instead of 5?

In addition to BBS's answer (this will lower your OG), filling past the 5 gallon mark will further reduce the amount of headspace in your carboy/bucket. Some yeast require more room than others, and ...
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i want a keg cooler that is cheaper than kegerator

Move to a cold country and leave the kegs outside. :p I have a chillplate that I put into my fridge. I store the keg and CO2 on the one side of the fridge, beerline goed into the fridge, through the ...
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Should I use beer gas to dispense carbonated kegs?

What you propose is the usual way it's done. Carbonate with CO2 (that's why it's called carbonation!), then dispense with beer gas. You do not need a stout faucet. You will probably need to ...
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Effects of Over Carbonation

The release of CO2 can take certain volatile aroma compounds with it. Sometimes this is a good thing (it can strip sulfur notes out of beers) but can also take hop aroma compounds, less than ideal if ...
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Kegging with no fridge

I've tried doing exactly what you describe, without using counter-pressure to fill the growlers. While you can carbonate the beer just fine, at room temperature you'll get so much foaming during ...
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