In my brewing opinion, the only redeeming quality of the old crank and shake method of beer carbonation is that it may properly “carbonate” beer to a desired level when correctly executed.
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You have your kegerator set up and running smoothly; your friends love to drop by and drink your homebrew on tap. But now you (and they) want to bring your finely crafted brew out and about to parties, picnics, and other social gatherings. You could build a portable kegerator, but there is a cheaper and simpler alternative that also opens up the possibility of serving multiple kegs on the go: a jockey box.
The main challenges of counter-pressure bottling are to retain the beer’s carbonation and minimize its exposure to oxygen during the transfer. When performed correctly, almost all of a beer’s carbonation is retained when it is counter-pressure bottled. Likewise, with a little practice, the beer can be transferred with minimal exposure to oxygen. Learn how with pointers found here.
A properly set up and maintained home dispensing system allows you to pour correctly carbonated beer that has the appropriate head and appearance for style. However, it can also be the source of frustration if things are not done right. Learn how to properly set up and maintain your draft system.
Techniques and pointers for force carbonating your beer, including a carbonation chart to get your desired CO2 level dialed in.
Mini-kegs are an option for homebrewers looking to avoid bottling, but who don’t have the space for a full kegging system.
On a recent road trip through eastern Oregon, my wife and I finally got to visit a brewpub that has been on our list for a long time, Deschutes Brewing in Bend.
Anyone who has ever had a Guinness Stout on tap knows the cascading off-white head surging and swirling above the nearly black liquid. The head is full of extremely fine bubbles, creamy
Used Cornelius style kegs are widely available at reasonable prices. A considerable amount of money can be saved if you buy kegs that have not been worked on in any way and
Thinking about moving to a kegging system? Learn the pros and cons of kegging your beer, the required equipment, some of the basic carbonation techniques, and the key concepts for those new to draft systems.
So you’ve got a kegerator, and you’re loving life now that you don’t have to bottle every batch of homebrew anymore. You also are the envy of family and friends because you