Guest post: Leave The Bottles Behind And Start Kegging Your Homemade Beer

   January 23, 2012

If you’re like most home brewers you’re probably bottling your own beer and are quite used to the process. If you’re getting tired, however, of cleaning 50 bottles every time you make a new batch of beer, you may want to start thinking of kegging as an option.

As with wine making supplies, beer supplies always cost the most when you’re first getting started. Wine making supplies and beer supplies may seem expensive at first glance, but the value that you’ll receive from them year after year is definitely worth the small price of the initial investment.

If you haven’t been kegging before, you’ll need to put some money into getting new supplies. You’ll have to get a 5 gallon keg, a pressure regulator, a CO2 tank, a gas line, a gas and a beer disconnect as well as a beer line assembly.

There are a lot of different techniques that you can use when brewing your own beer for kegging. If you’re interested in getting your beer drink-ready as fast as possible you’ll want to look at the force combination process for carbonating and kegging the beer.

Most people that end up switching to kegging never regret the decision and certainly don’t miss cleaning out those endless bottles of beer every time a new batch is needed. Although it will mean laying out some money to get new supplies, it really is worth the small price to pay.

Kegging can change the taste of the beer so you’re going to have to experiment with different recipes to find the one that you like the most. There are a lot of beer drinkers that prefer the hearty taste of beer from a drum a lot more than the taste found in glass bottles. It’s definitely worth a try if you’ve never thought of kegging before and it’s certainly a lot less work than bottling.

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