Kegging Homebrew Beer with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #206

by Brad Smith on January 11, 2020 · 0 comments

Chris Graham, President of Morebeer joins me this week to discuss kegging home brewed beer and some of the new equipment available for kegging.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (50:34)

  • This week I welcome Chris Graham, the President of Morebeer. Chris has taught at the prestigious Siebel institute and was also a member of the Brewers Association board as well as the AHA Governing Council.
  • We briefly discuss our previous episode on kegging, and then start with a discussion of some of the advantages of kegging over bottling home brewed beer.
  • Chris explains the basic components of a kegging system.
  • We talk about the three major keg connections and the ball lock which is the most commonly used one in home brewing.
  • Chris walks us through the basic kegging process starting with beer in the fermenter.
  • We discuss keg refrigeration and various options to keep your beer cool.
  • Chris briefly discusses the issue of keg line balancing and how there is extra effort involved in planning and managing long keg lines.
  • Chris next switches to discuss some of the new devices available to home brewers for kegging – starting with the floating dip tube.
  • We talk about pressurized fermentation and pressurized keg transfers which can completely eliminate oxygen exposure when kegging your beer.
  • Chris tells us about new larger keg options including the 10 gal and 15 gal torpedo kegs.
  • We talk about a new type of keg line connection called Duotight which helps reduce the chance of keg line leaks.
  • Chris explains how you can also keg your mead and wine if done properly with argon or a CO2-nitrogen (stout mix).
  • Chris provides some closing tips on kegging your home brewed beer.

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