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How badly did I oxidize my beer?

Some brewers have a unwarranted paranoia about oxygen and beer. Relax. If there were literally a "few bubbles" in the keg then I very much doubt it will cause the beer to oxidise. If the beer was not ...
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How much CO2 should I expect to use up when force carbonating?

The tank-side pressure is mostly measuring the temperature of the CO₂ tank, not the actual amount of CO₂ remaining. Above the triple-point of CO₂ at about 517 kPa ~ 75 psi, the pressure reading is ...
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Is leaking CO2 a health concern?

No, at homebrew scale and in household settings leaking CO2 is not a serious concern, and is probably very low on the list of "occupational" hazards that homebrewers are at risk of and fail to ...
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Should I sanitize my keg posts every time I attach a quick disconnect?

Short answer, yes you should. Longer answer, I often don't and haven't had any problems. Like many things in brewing, there's best practice and then there's what you can get away with.
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Corny kegs: Is there a difference between the in coupler and the out coupler?

They are slightly differently sized. In particular, the grey gas fitting will fit over the "out" post, but the black liquid fitting will not fit over the "in" post without significant pain. But, yes ...
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Force carbonation through beverage out line

My experience has shown that going through the beer out line doesn't change the rate the beer carbs up. Whether using the 'set and forget' process, or the high PSI and shake method. The bubbles coming ...
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Leaky soda keg - has beer in it

No, it will not. A concern you might have if the keg was full would be the sudden foaming as you depressurize, which might overflow the keg. But at 1/4 full, no problem. If you're concerned about O₂, ...
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kegged cider and oxygen

Yes you will oxidize the cider (or beer or wine) if you don't use CO2 or some other inert gas like Nitrogen (but that has it's own problems). Oxygen will not "reignite" the yeast. Yeast will happily ...
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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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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Just becasue you don't use secondary doesn't mean you can't rack to a bottling bucket and bottle from that. That's what I do. So, to answer the question directly, the best way to bottle from a ...
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How to eliminate stiff foam from kegerator?

I would say the beer is over carbonated from the start. Usually 2 weeks at serving pressure 12-14psi at any temp is good for 5 gallon kegs. Your lines could use some adjusting to pour at the same ...
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How hard must I tighten the posts on the keg?

By poppet do you mean the little springy thing inside of the keg post or do you mean the outer keg post itself? I'll try to answer both. I have ruined a few poppets by forcing them out with a screw ...
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Force Carbonating and Serving Kegs Simulanteously

You definitely don't need a second tank. What you need is something like this. If you have an existing dual-gauge regulator you can just remove the cylinder stem and use a nipple to couple a single-...
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Fermenting, carbonating and dispensing using the same (corny) keg?

I would give it a try. I have done this with a Sanke keg several times. Couple thoughts: - If it is an old Pepsi corny, you may be able to unscrew the pressure relief valve, remove, use an air lock ...
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Bottling vs Kegging Questions

Let's separate this out into two phases: carbonation and dispensing. Carbonation inside a keg can be done just like carbonation inside a bottle: by the addition of a specific amount of sugar, which ...
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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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Kegging - Is it necessary to filter yeast?

It it not a necessary step. (Neither is "secondary", usually.) [EDIT: I missed a potential misconception you have about transfering the yeast when kegging:] Usually, you will attempt to minimize how ...
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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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Kegs head space

Yes you can do that. As long as you have a pressure regulator the head space does not influence how much your beer will be carbonated. Remember that CO2 dissolution in beer mainly depends on pressure ...
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Kegging an 11% stout

Kegged beer should last almost as long as bottled beer if sanitation and gas pressures are properly maintained. I don't think you need to do anything different because you are kegging it. The high ABV ...
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Should I sanitize my keg posts every time I attach a quick disconnect?

It's not a bad idea. When flowing, the post is pushed down, then liquid covers the whole head of the post. If that head was previously exposed to the world, and/or has dried-up beer on it from ...
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How much CO2 should I expect to use up when force carbonating?

I've seen a couple of pages now that list numbers on the milage of a 5 lb tank. From what I gather you can carbonate 5-7 5 gallon corny kegs with a 5 lb tank. You can serve 15-22 5 gallon kegs with a ...
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Keg not carbonating.

You might just need more time. I usually let mine go for 7-10 days total before. 5 days seems a little short to me even with your 30PSI upfront charge.
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How to fit kegging into a small house

Option 1: Kegerator. Can be bought or built (google for DIY Kegerators and you will see many more options). Building gives you the option to find a fridge that fits into a random corner and holds the ...
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Fermenting, carbonating and dispensing using the same (corny) keg?

Hop residue will be a problem. Even if you use pellet hops, you will get clogs in the dip tube or valves when trying to purge the trub from the bottom of the keg. I know this from a disastrous keg-...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Cold crash to help sediment and compact yeast. Safely tip the carboy 10-15° so you can maximize beer extraction at the end of racking (I use a couple of paperbacks). Do any movement or tipping of your ...
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Dented Corny Keg

If the dent doesn't effect the keg volume significantly I would leave it be. If you're familiar with how to repassify stainless you can try to hammer it out with an auto body palm hammer. Unless it ...
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To Keg or not to Keg

It really doesn't matter which you choose. 2 weeks is not so long that there will be a problem with leaving it. At the same time the gravity is reasonably close, it will be fine if you keg it. One ...
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Lack of head from under carbonation? A force carb question

It could be undercarbed Try the plug and forget method, set at serving psi 12 and let it sit for a week. If in a rush, set to 12psi attached to the out port and tip the keg on its side slightly and ...
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Someone wants me to brew them a batch, what logistics can be used?

Corny keg and 3.5ft 3/16 line with picknic tap and small cO2 tank. In the US you're allowed to produce 200 gallons a year for friends and family use only in a house with two drinking age adults, 100 ...
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