Rookie Kegging Mistakes

This week I was hoping to share some glorious pictures and words about the first beers poured forth from my recently completed keezer.  Alas, I feel victim to a pair of rookie kegging mistakes.

First, replace the seals on any used Cornelius keg that you purchase.  I thought the seals looked fine and did not replace the large o-ring.  Sure enough the keg was not sealed for the past two weeks.  So, all that keg conditioning that I thought was going on was really just escaping through a small crack in the seal.

Second, pressure test your keg before letting the keg sit to condition.  I did not have a CO2 cylinder or disconnects at the time that I transferred my first batch to a keg so I am going to take a mulligan.  However, if I had been able to pressure test the keg to ensure a seal the problem I talked about above would not have happened and I would not be writing about my failure.

In review, when you prepare your first batch of beer to be kegged in a used Cornelius keg just replace the large o-ring on the lid, use some keg lube to assist in a seal, and pressure test the keg to ensure that there are no leaks.

Once you get the hang of this procedure it takes about a minute to complete.  One minute to save a batch of beer.

I am hoping to be back in the next couple of days to share the final parts of my keezer build minus actually pouring some beer to drink.

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  1. Pingback: Snapshot and Cold Snap | My Green Misadventure

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