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.