Do Not Screw In Or Remove A Gas Bulb Or Bottle With Any Regulator Turned On
If the needle on the gauge is not returning to zero or the bolt labelled 1.8k on the back of the regulator is venting gas it is 99 times out of 100 because it wasn't turned off before the pressure attached to it rapidly changed. This can be through inserting or unscrewing a gas source or connecting or disconnecting from a pressured vessel like a keg.
A customer saying they did make sure it was turned off but the needle is jammed feels a lot like it would if I was a mechanic and the customer was bringing me a 2 week old car because of a rattling noise. I find the gear box stripped to pieces with cogs rattling around inside. Now it is of course possible the gearbox was installed with broken parts but considering I personally tested it before it was sold it's 99% more likely that the customer forgot to use the clutch.
PLEASE: Make sure you unwind all regulators all the way anti-clockwise before adding or removing gas source or connecting or disconnecting from a keg.
THE REGULATORS ARE NOT REPAIRABLE OR COVERED BY WARRANTY IF THIS HAPPENS!
Ideally use a sodium percarbonate solution to soak every thing in (except your regulator, this should not get liquid inside it). This is a deep cleaner and you only need to use this every once in while to clean or if you left your keg dirty and it's dried out. It is also the best thing to use to clean a PET fermenter after a brew.
You should rinse your keg after each time you empty it and use a sanitiser before refilling (unless you are refilling from the same large keg and both kegs stayed chilled the whole time, then I personally wouldn't bother).
You should lubricate all seals, o-rings and threads with food safe unscented or flavoured lubricant to increase their life, prevent cracking and make attaching and detaching disconnects easier.
This depends on how well you treat the beer while filling the keg.
Contact with either bacteria or oxygen will cause your beer to go off quickly.
If you just fill the keg from can, bottles or a beer tap with no hose (so it splashes and mixes with oxygen while filling) it will begin going off within 24-48 hours.
If you sanitise your keg properly, and don't allow the beer to come into contact with oxygen while filling, it is exactly like a commercial keg or bottle fill. It will last as long as the beer would normally. A hoppy aromatic IPA is best drunk fresh and a high ABV stout will get better with age.
Best option to fill from a beer tap: Sanitise the keg, chill it (to prevent foaming) and fill it with CO2. Use a hose on the tap to fill into the bottom of the keg to prevent splashing and so you are filling within a "cushion" of CO2. The CO2 will sit on top of the beer as you fill (CO2 is heavier than air) preventing contact with oxygen. Once filled put the spear on and again flush the space in the keg with CO2 to remove any traces of oxygen.
Best option to fill from can or bottles: Sanitise the keg, chill it to prevent foaming and fill it with CO2. Tilt it an pour the liquid from cans or bottles slowly down the inside wall to prevent splashing. Once filled put the spear in and flush the keg with CO2 to expel any air.
This changes due to many different possibilities.
Basically you need 4-6g of CO2 to dispense (or carbonate) 1 litre of liquid.
However you also need to fill any empty space in the keg with enough gas to pressurise it to the right level 1st.
So if you had flat water in your keg and a small amount of space (so you weren't wasting gas filling it before you got the keg pressurised) it would take about 5g of CO2 per litre of water to carbonate it and then another 5g per litre to dispense it.
So long as you have no leaks it doesn't matter how long the gas is attached for, it can be a year and the amount used will still be the same if there is zero leakage.
For more in depth information please see this page
Short answer? Stored in a fridge at around 5 degrees C you should keep your keg at between 10psi (for lightly carbonated drinks like stout) up to 15 psi for highly carbonated drinks (like soda, lambic etc)
We provide printed manuals with mini keg packages that also contain information relevant to all our equipment. Parts may not look exactly the same in the manual as in your package but a plastic disconnect has the same parts and the same usage directions as a steel disconnect and as a very small team we don't have time to make a new manual for every possible variation
We are creating product specific manuals and as we do we add them as a download link on the product page so check there 1st.
Our products are all covered by warranty as per European law.
On top of these legally required warranties iKegger guarantees all our stainless steel products against all faults for 5 years (this excludes consumable parts like silicon seals and o-rings, we do supply spares of these with all packages though).
All other products, plastic connections, regulators etc are covered by a one year warranty.
We aim to send on the same day or next day for orders placed before midday on a weekday.
Average delivery in Germany is about 2-3 days after shipped ,
Average Delivery to most EU destinations in Central Europe is around 4-5 days
Average Delivery to USA and Canada is about 3 weeks after shipped,
Please contact us for estimated delivery times for the other destinations we ship ,
Most times we use DHL premium and DPD standard services .
If you need any gear shipped express , please get in touch before or right after ordering , we can always quote for express shipping
Average delivery to UK is around 8 days after being shipped at the moment.
If the order amount is under 135 pounds, we charge you 20% VAT at the check out and you don't have to pay any import taxes etc on arrival in the UK.
If the order amount is over 135 Pounds , you won't be charged any VAT at our checkout but the courier will contact you for import fees/charges prior to delivery (approx 20 %).
The process is easy, the courier services (parcel force) handles the whole process.
The tracking number you receive from us can be used at parcel force page as well to see progress of your order.
What can I put in my Keg ?
Please have a look at this recipe book for some cocktails you can serve with either CO2 or nitro kegs
CO2 PRESSURE - STORAGE, CARBONATION, BREWING
Yes, ensure it is turned off then you can disconnect it and the tap at any time. Be sure to check that everything is tight and there are no leaks before you leave a keg overnight.
We sell disposable bulbs in 16g size on our website
For both miniand dual gauge regulators we sell adapters to use SodaStream gas bottles. These have 425g of CO2 in them (enough to dispense about 50L of carbonated drinks) and you can swap them at most supermarkets around Europe
There is no single answer to this, many factors can be involved so please see this link for detailed information
Short answer is you should put a keg in the fridge at the same pressure you would serve it at (10psi stout, 13psi ale and lager, 15psi lambic and soda) until it is carbonated (once it is carbonated no more CO2 will dissolve so you can just leave it set at the same pressure or disconnect / turn the regulator till you want to pour.
For brewing under pressure you will need to see the table on the link above as it depends on brewing temperature and beer style
NITRO DRINKS: COFFEE, STOUT AND COCKTAILS
Pure Nitrogen (N2) is available in a few different forms. We sell 2g disposable bulbs in packs of 10 (for use with the bulb injector packages). We also have 2.2L disposable gas bottles (with around 280g of Nitrogen) that use our M10 adapters for dual gauge regulator.
You can also get a gas bottle filled with nitrogen by your local gas supplier and use one of our dual gauge regulator with a type 50 thread which is Australian standard for Nitrogen.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O) we only sell in 8g disposable bulbs (the same size as the 2g N2 bulbs) so you can use either option in the bulb injector system.
They give immediate results. You simply inject the bulb(s), shake and pour. Using pure nitrogen you will get better results after leaving for at least a few hours for the gas to dissolve into the liquid.
You use less bulbs. 8g of N2O is in the same size and price bulb of N2 that only contains 2g.
You need many more bulbs to dispense the same amount of liquid using pure nitrogen than if you were using nitrous oxide.
Some of the coffee roasters / cafes that we deal with do not like to use N2O however for 2 reasons.
We've been told that N2O imparts a slight sweetness to the beverage (I don't notice but I'm not a coffee person).
The foam that N2O creates is not so much like the cascading bubbles of a Guinness but more the dense head of an espresso martini. If you are specifically after the cascading bubbles you need to use pure nitrogen.
Long answer? See this page. Short answer? For a stout you are aiming for 25psi, nitro coffee or cocktails that are supposed to mimic a shaken cocktail like espresso martini you want about 45psi
The short answer is that there is no short answer, it varies a lot.
If you have space in your keg you need to pressurise that before the gas will absorb into the liquid so you may need to use multiple bulbs for that.
N2O bulbs have much more gas than N2 bulbs in them so that also affects it.
The most accurate we can be in this small space is if you have filled the keg with liquid leaving only the minimum recommended 800ml of empty space you should inject one N2 or N2O bulb and shake the keg to absorb the gas.
You should then add one more bulb and either leave it to rest more (especially with pure N2 as it needs time to absorb) or begin pouring.
You may need to add more bulbs as you go (you will for sure in a 5l or 10L keg)
How many depends on how big your keg is, how long you leave it between pours, how foamy you want it, whether you use N2, N2O or a mix of the two etc.
You will need to experiment to find your perfect pour as everyone's recipe and presentation style are different.
Stout taps have a plate in the spout with very small holes in it that the liquid is forced through at high pressure to froth it up. If you have any tiny bits in the coffee, cocktail mix etc it may block these holes. Undo the end of the spout, remove the little metal disk and clean the holes out. This will fix the problem and don't need to take the tap off the keg or let out any gas etc to do it.
There are a few options for dispensing stout with that beautiful creamy cascading head. Guinness or other already nitro-infused cans or bottles: simply pour these into our keg and dispense with CO2 or N2O through a stout spout. If using a regulator and CO2: you will need a higher than normal pressure to push it through the spout so remember to turn it down and release some pressure before leaving it to sit or you will over-carbonate the beer. If using our nitro spear: You can just inject a bulb of N2O and pour, be aware that leaving the stout in the keg with high-pressure N2O will affect the texture if left too long. It is better just to put what you will drink in one session into the keg when filling from cans or bottles. Non-nitro infused cans or bottles of stout / porter (and carbonated homebrew): If you want to get nitro style stout you need the nitro injector spear. Pour the beer into the keg and then inject a couple of nitro bulbs, let sit for a couple of hours or gently swirl /rock the keg for 10-15 mins to absorb the nitro into the beer. After that pour using the description above for nitro-infused beer. Uncarbonated homebrew: This is a little trickier. Commercial stout is usually carbonated, stored and dispensed using a mix of 30% CO2 and 70% Nitrogen (Cellarmix gas). This maintains a low level of carbonation while infusing the beer with nitrogen. To do this at home you need to either get a bottle filled with Cellarmix from your local gas supplier or try one of these methods.Using our nitro spear put CO2 in through the liquid post (with a black disconnect on your gas line) using your regulator to carbonate the beer (make sure you use a check valve to prevent beer coming up the gas line) then dispense using the method above for carbonated beer using N2O (or inject N2 first to absorb then dispense with N2O or CO2)Use an M10 adapter on our dual gauge regulators and swap 2.2L N2 and CO2 bottles to carbonate and nitro infuse the brew.
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