I’m ready to move on from small batches to larger batches of home brew. I’ve had the kegerator for a while. It came with a dual pressure gauge CO2 tank, but my local beer distributor said something about a two week waiting period to fill it, so I haven’t bothered. They have prefilled ones I can use, but I have to put a deposit on them, just like I would on a prefilled keg. When I do that, I can at least hook up the brew to one of the taps. I’d rather have them fill my own 5 lb. tank for $11 or $12, and not have to plunk down the deposit.
Mostly, I’ve just used the kegerator as a fridge for bottled beer. It’s time to up the game. Brewing small batches, and bottling them, is useful for bringing them outside in warmer weather. But, when I brew a 5 gal. batch, it really is easier to keg it in the corny than bottle two-plus cases. I have a really old bottle capper, probably from the ’30s, and a source for bulk unused, uncrimped caps for about three cents apiece, which is reasonable for a home brewer.
The funniest thing about the corny keg is that when I first got it, used, in really good shape, for a very reasonable price, it still smelled like cola inside. Yuck! Well, it has to be cleaned and disinfected between each use, anyway. Continue reading