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Tim Pratt (
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 03:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I brew 5 gal. Extracts. (For now!!!) I want to start bottling some. Is there any problem with keging half, in a 5 gal. Keg and bottling the other half.

don price (
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 11:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No. Just keg all 5 gallons and then fill the bottles from the keg. This helps avoid oxidation problems from a half-filled keg (the other half is probably air).

Here's how I do it:
1) fill keg...then wait minutes, hours, or weeks until ready to bottle
2) rig up cobra tap and attach bottle filler gadget (plastic thing with spring-loaded valve on bottom)
3) apply ~2 psi CO2 to keg...just enough for it to fill the bottles as fast as you want it to
4) fill bottles
5) add Prime Tabs to bottles (priming entire keg possible but not recommended)
6) chill keg
7) carbonate keg
8) enjoy

No problem.


Mike Mayer (
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2003 - 12:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, there is a very serious problem here that you are overlooking........5 gallons is not enough no matter what ratio of bottles vs. keg!!

Cleveland, OH

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