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iKegger FAQ

 

 

TALK TO MARVIN - THE SLAVE ROBOT WE KEEP LOCKED IN THE BASEMENT

He can give you information on our equipment, troubleshooting tips, shipping information and help you find packages that match your needs just by answering a couple of multiple choice questions.

 

 

 


 
DOWNLOAD A MANUAL THAT COVERS A LOT OF IKEGGER BASICS

 

Click the button below to download a printable PDF version of our user manual. It includes information about most of the components we sell, how to assmble them and how to use them as well as some general information on how to keg homebrew.

 


Cleaning and Sanitising Your iKegger

  • Clean your keg or growler well before first use with hot water, if you notice any marks inside the keg these are usually due to residue left over from the passivation. If hot water doesn't remove them try shaking some raw rice in warm water in the keg to scrub the inside. You can use sodium percarbonate to clean if you choose. It is also advisable to use no-rinse sanitiser just before filling.
  • We recommend cleaning your mini keg just with hot water if you use it every day and rinse as soon as it's empty. Before you refill it use some no rinse sanitiser (2ml per litre) and leave it for 2 mins before emptying. Do not worry about remaining bubbles they are flavourless and non-toxic. You should also clean it well before using it the first time.
  • If your keg has been left with beer in it, has yeast caked on or has visible dirt then use some sodium percarbonate cleaner. Dissolved in water this breaks down deposits and is safe to use on steel, aluminium and copper. It breaks down to a non toxic, flavorless liquid however it is best practise to clean using this then still rinse and sanitise as above.

 

Other FAQ

How Much Is Australian Shipping?

  • Less than 500g is $4.95
  • Over 500g and order value is less than $75 is $9.95
  • Order value is over $75 shipping is FREE in Australia
  • Express Service for any order is given as a option at actual calculated price

How Much Is International Shipping?

  • Any country we have shipped to before has the shipping rate automatically calculated in the cart.
  • If your country isn't listed get in touch on info@ikegger.com or FB messenger and we will add it straight away.
  • In New Zealand go to www.ikegger.co.nz to buy in NZD and local shipping.
  • By the end of 2017 we will have a branch in Germany for European orders

Cleaning and Sanitising Your iKegger

  • Clean your keg or growler well before first use with hot water, if you notice any marks inside the keg these are usually due to residue left over from the passivation. If hot water doesn't remove them try shaking some raw rice in warm water in the keg to scrub the inside. You can use sodium percarbonate to clean if you choose. It is also advisable to use no-rinse sanitiser just before filling.
  • We recommend cleaning your mini keg just with hot water if you use it every day and rinse as soon as it's empty. Before you refill it use some no rinse sanitiser (2ml per litre) and leave it for 2 mins before emptying. Do not worry about remaining bubbles they are flavourless and non-toxic. You should also clean it well before using it the first time.
  • If your keg has been left with beer in it, has yeast caked on or has visible dirt then use some sodium percarbonate cleaner. Dissolved in water this breaks down deposits and is safe to use on steel, aluminium and copper. It breaks down to a non toxic, flavorless liquid however it is best practise to clean using this then still rinse and sanitise as above.

Filling Your iKegger Mini Keg or Growler


Filling from bottles

This is a great way to leave the rubbish at home and take your beer with you in a great looking, easy to carry keg or growler that lets you have beer on tap anywhere. It also weighs nearly half of the same volume of beer in glass bottles, takes up half as much space in the esky and is virtually unbreakable.

  • Chill the keg or growler in the freezer for a few minutes first (take the lid off the growler as the insulation will keep it room temperature all day in the freezer). Having the keg cold stops the beer losing carbonation and foaming up as you fill it.
  • Inject the keg/growler with CO2 for a couple of seconds (using the injector or regulator) this pushes out any oxygen and will keep your beer fresh for much longer) Tilt the keg or growler and pour the beer with as little disturbance as possible down the inside wall.
  • Once filled screw the lid on and while holding open the bleed valve (on steel taps) or leaving the cap slightly unscrewed (on the picnic tap) inject more CO2 to clear out any remaining oxygen.
  • Pressurise to about 10 psi if storing the drink or you have a premium flow control tap.
  • Pressurise to about 3-5psi if drinking immediately using the standard or stainless steel taps without flow control. The picnic tap injector has no gauge to tell pressure so you will just need a bit of practise but a 1 second press will get about the right pressure for storage or serving.

Carbonating Home Brew or Refreshing Commercial Brews


Can I naturally carbonate / secondary ferment in iKeggers?

In short, absolutely. We have 2 caps that have pressure relief valves in them, the double ball lock spear and the keg carbonation cap. Alternatively make sure to accurately calculate the amount of sugar you use and just use the cap that comes with the kegs. While our kegs and growlers have a large margin for error, you can imagine the mess an exploding keg makes compared to a bottle.

Can I force carbonate in iKeggers?

Absolutely! One of the greatest thing about kegging over bottling is the ability to carbonate your beer as soon as primary fermentation finishes. There are 2 things you need, a source of compressed CO2 and cold liquid. Without the liquid being chilled it is very difficult for it to absorb the CO2 needed for carbonation. Until now this has meant that in order to carbonate your keg you needed a dedicated fridge for it and it would need to fit at least a 10L or more likely a 19L keg in it. With the iKegger range you can store your brew flat at room temp in a 19L keg or the conical fermenter and keep the smaller kegs in the fridge for carbonating. This generally takes about 18-24hrs at 25psi so you can fill it before bed and have it ready for the next evening. You can even speed that up, if you chill a keg of beer, attach the regulator at 25psi and gently rock or swirl the keg you can have frothy suds in less than 10 minutes! (you will need to wait for the beer to settle for an hour or more before you can pour it though) Warning:If you intend on leaving beer for a longer period of time to force carbonate then do it at 10-12 psi (this is normal drinking level of carbonation) if you set it to a higher psi and leave it too long your beer will be over carbonated.

Can I use larger CO2 bottles with my iKeggers?

Yes! Our professional quality regulator comes with adaptors that fit 16g threaded CO2 canisters, these are ideal for taking beer with you out and about as they are small and lightweight. If you plan on force carbonating a lot of beer though they can become expensive (the cheapest you'll find them is about $1.10 each if you buy in large bulk numbers, we buy them in the thousands) To combat this we have another adaptor custom made for us. The sodastream adapter allows you to fit a 400g Sodastream bottle to it, these are the equivalent of 25 x 16g bulbs and are easy to swap for full ones at thousands of retailers around Australia. These are great as they are still portable and fairly lightweight but about 1/2 the price and hold enough gas to carbonate and dispense about 50L of beer or two whole home-brew batches. (see this map to find a place near you that swaps them: http://www.sodastream.com.au/locator/) We also have available a different mini regulator that is for using 2.2L disposable CO2 and Nitrogen bottles. These are great for home-brewers who use a larger amount of gas or anyone who wants the option of doing stouts, coffee, cocktails etc on nitro!

How much gas does it take to carbonate and dispense a mini keg?

One 16g CO2 bulb should dispense approx 6L of carbonated drink In terms of carbonation there are a lot of variations between styles of beer and personal preference however 1 x 16g bulb should be enough to carbonate a 4L mini keg.


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