Kegging is the easiest way to package and serve your beer! This brief guide should give you a good idea of how to go about transferring into your keg and carbonating it with a CO2 tank and regulator.
We recommend using typical dual-gauge regulators, which have PSI out on the top and tank fill gauge on the left.
- Thoroughly clean your empty keg with a brewery wash such as P.B.W., filling the keg halfway with hot water and cleaning solution, shaking vigorously and making sure to run cleaner through the liquid serving line of the keg to clean any residual beer or residue.
- Rinse keg 2-3 times with hot water, as well as flushing dip tubes to ensure no residue is left from your cleaner.
- Sanitize your keg with your sanitizer of choice, making sure to run a few pints of the sanitizer out of the liquid line to ensure complete sanitation. Let drip dry, or rinse depending on your sanitizer.
- Remove your keg lid and siphon your fermented beer into your keg as you normally would without adding any priming sugars. Be sure not to overfill your keg by keeping liquid levels under the shorter, gas dip tube (the IN post on your keg). Carefully fasten the lid into place.
- Turn shutoff valve to off (perpendicular to barb) and attach your gas disconnect (typically white) coming from your CO2 regulator onto the IN post on your keg.
- Open shutoff valve (parallel to barb) to allow gas to flow from your CO2 tank into your keg, adjusting your flow to 15-20 PSI on your regulator by turning the front knob or screw. Pull the release valve ring on the top of your keg in short bursts to allow oxygen to escape, filling the empty headspace with CO2 to avoid oxidation.
- Store keg cold with CO2 set at 15-20 PSI for 4-7 days (lower pressure = longer carbonation time) and keep an eye on tank fill gauge to make sure you aren’t leaking any CO2. Do not have liquid OUT line hooked up while carbonating.
- After 4-7 days of carbonation, turn the PSI on your regulator back to 4-8 PSI, using the pressure release valve on the top of your keg as well to release excess pressure. Serving pressure will vary based upon the length of your liquid lines and the temperature of your keg.
- Hook up your liquid “OUT” to your liquid disconnect (typically black) and serve! If keg requires more carbonation, remove liquid disconnect and raise PSI back to 20 for another day or two.
- When keg is finished, thoroughly clean again and flush tap lines with cleaning, being sure to rinse carefully.