We finally start to look inside the kegorator in part 3 of our kegging your homebrew video series. In this video, I cover the CO2 tank and how it works in conjunction with the CO2 regulator. Also, I discuss why I have a cage to protect the regulator’s gauges.
From the regulator, we discuss using a gas manifold to split the CO2 from the main line off the regulator into your different kegs. I have four serving lines so I use a four way manifold.
On that manifold, I discuss the value of check valves to protect your gas lines, regulator and tank from potential “back flows” of beer up into your lines. A manifold also helps minimize gas leaks in between serving sessions of beer. A leak in one keg with a wide open manifold will slowly drain all your kegs of gas and carbonation.
I talk about an alternative CO2 source for when you want to take a keg on the road.
Plus, I go over the importance of investing in a second CO2 tank to safeguard the tragedy of running out of gas in the middle of a party.
Lastly, I point out an issue I can never stress enough. Buying a kegging system is a pretty big investment and a fun one for sure. But before you chose that shiny new system from the brew shop, you need to consider where you’ll get your CO2 from. In my area I couldn’t find a place to fill my brand new tank, so I had to opt into a swap system with my local provider.
Check out the video for all the details.
Leave a comment if you have questions or just want to let us know how we’re doing. Hopefully you are getting some useful information about kegging your hombrew.
More Kegging Homebrew Videos:
Video 1 – Introduction To Kegging Homebrew
Video 4 – Guide to Keg Faucets and Towers
Video 5 – Balancing You Kegging System
Video 6 – Hombrew Kegging Tips