When you first get your iKegger it is a good idea to give it a good clean with warm water and sanitiser. We can supply you with a no rinse sanitiser that only needs 2mls in each litre of water so it lasts a long time.
If you are refilling your iKegger regularly I generally just push some hot water through once the keg empties and again before I refill it. I have never had beer go bad on me just doing this for the ones I regularly fill at breweries etc.
For homebrew however, where the beer will be staying in the keg for potentially weeks and infection is a much greater worry we have made this video to show our recommended way of sanitising.
I don't explain it perfectly in the video. I suggest you put 1-2L of warm diluted sanitiser in each keg, shake them and let them sit for 2 minutes before pushing out all the liquid.
TRANSFERRING BEER TO STERILE KEGS
Once your kegs are sterile you can fill them with this method
The video shows transferring freshly brewed beer from the fermenter to the kegs via a disconnect. Some will argue this isn't necessary, you can just siphon into the opened keg, and that is correct it will be faster but with more chance of infection.
This method leaves no chance of infection or introduction of oxygen.
The same method can be used to transfer from keg to keg or from beer tap to your keg. Just connect with a liquid disconnect to the liquid post and use gas pressure to transfer the beer.
This method also acts as a counter pressure fill. The pressure inside the keg will prevent the carbonated beer from foaming up and going flat as you fill.
If possible "cold-crashing" or chilling your beer for a few days in the fermenter before you transfer it will help to clear the beer and mean you can move straight to force carbonating.
FORCE CARBONATING WITH IKEGGER
Beer needs to be chilled prior to force carbonating
Using the liquid disconnect will make it carbonate more quickly but you can use the gas inlet too.
If under carbonated then leaving for longer or swirling the keg while putting 25psi of CO2 into it will fix it.
If over carbonated release the pressure to zero and then open the tap, turn up the gas slightly just to dispense the beer. If it is still over carbonated leave for 10 minutes (with the tap closed again) and release the pressure again.
If you intend to do a lot of force carbonating it is a good idea to get a 2.6kg gas bottle as they cost about $25 to fill and contain the equivilant of 160 16g CO2 cartridges. We can supply both the cartridges and the 2.6kg gas bottles.
THE BEST BIT - HOMEBREW KEG IN THE FRIDGE DOOR
Just a quick video showing the Johnson keg in the fridge door
Carbonated and ready to drink 24hrs after kegging from the fermenter
Beer generally improves with age, we don't recommend drinking this quickly after kegging if you can help it.
We have 2 x 19L kegs beside the fridge filled with un-carbonated beer. We use 4L "Johnsons" to chill and carbonate our beer as we drink it. This saves us the expense of setting up a full kegerator system but still having all the benefits!
OUT AND ABOUT WITH THE IKEGGER GROWLER
This video only applies to the iKegger Growler, not the kegs
Our Growler will keep beer cold for up to 12 hours
Any of the keg tap systems can be used with our Growler with the purchase of an additional adaptor.
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