11/29/2011 – how long will one of the portable co2 systems last on one cartragethanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not very long, unfortunately. When dispensing from a 5 gallon cornelius keg, you can expect to use 2 to 4 cartridges. It's a very handy (and portable) way to do it, but it does go thru the cartridges.
12/28/2010 – Hi! Finally a website that can answer my question. I am on my third batch of brew and first attempt at using the corny keg. I have everything on hand but a CO2 tank. If I could come across one, is it as simple as a quick one shot of 10-12lbs or a consistant dose of CO2 for a period of time? I read on your site that a keg charger could force . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would recommend picking up a 5 lb (or bigger) CO2 bottle for your cornelius kegging system. There are lots of ways to force carbonate your beer. It's a pretty simple thing to do, but people tend to complicate it. You can go as far as calculating the pressure and time, for a given diameter and length of hose vs temperature of the beer . . .
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
4/30/2008 – When you are disconnecting the C02 tank from the corny keg and you want to attach the charger is there any thing special you need to attach/do or does it just fit on there?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Assuming you has a quick connect fitting on the charger, no, nothing special. You simply lift one off, push on the other. The gas flow stops when the fitting is taken off.
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
1/31/2007 – CAN I USE THIS STONE WITH THE PORTABLE KEG CHARGER TO CARBONATE THE BEER IN A CORNELIUS KEG? THEN REMOVE THE STONE AND USE THE KEG CHARGER TO DISPENSE THE BEER? I AM ON A SHOE STRING BUDGET AND AM TRYING TO GET THE MOST BANG FOR MY BUCK. ALSO ARE THE CO2 CANISTERS USED IN THE KEG CHARGER THE SAME AS THE ONES YOU CAN GET FOR CO2 PISTOLS AT . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this can be done. The Portable Keg Charger uses 16 gram cartridges. Not sure what size is used in CO2 pistols.HOWEVER carbonating your beer requires more CO2 voume than just pushing it our (dispensing), so you will likely go thru quite a few cartridges to carbonate AND dispense. I'd recommend a CO2 tank and regulator if you are . . .
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
8/18/2006 – I'm a newbie - sorry for any dumb questions.I'm considering the purchase of a Cornelius keg and portable co2 charger (the 16 gram unit). Will these charge the keg to the 25 psi level? If not, how long will it take to carbonate using the portable charger?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We were all newbies at one time. Not a problem!No, the portable chargers are not good for carbonating kegs. I suppose they would DO it, but it would take a lot of cartridges to "git 'er done". The CO2 actually goes into solution, so it would disappear quickly.The portable chargers are really designed for pushing out carbonated beer . . .
7/25/2006 – Id like to put the beer into a keg instead of bottles, but was wondering if i could do this WITHOUT force carbonating with a CO2 tank. Can the beer naturally carbonate in the keg?what would i have to add for this, more yeast or sugar?Would this effect the "shelf life" of the keg?thanks for the help! AWESOME WEBSITE!!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that. Use about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of corn sugar to carbonate in the keg. You will still need the CO2 to "push" the beer from the keg, however. The beer is drawn from the bottom of the keg up to the spigot. It needs a little "push" to get it there.No, there is no affect on shelf life.Thanks for the kind words about our . . .
3/9/2006 – after reading more and more q&a's im almost ready to pull the trigger on an order..my question might sound silly but to the experienced brewer i just dunno...i will be kegging in corny kegs and most likely using the stone to carbonate via c02 since it will do it the fastest; but after its carbonated can i just a hand pump to pushed the sweet . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: After it is carbonated, it is possible to rig up an air pump, but why bother? We have a portable keg charger that uses CO2 push the beer out. That way it stays fresh (doesn't go flat, or oxidize). The portable keg charger uses small (12 gram) CO2 cartridges, and only about 2-3 are required for this purpose. Cost is low as well ($21.95) for . . .
6/17/2005 – I've made/drank many batches of beer, but now I'm pregnant and I want to make Ginger Ale instead to help with my morning sickness. I have a cornelius keg, but no CO2 tank. Do I have to force carbonate my soda if I keg it, or can I use yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Congratulations on your new little brewer bundle!No, you can carbonate the ginger ale with yeast, but after you dispense some of it, there will be no more pressure to force the soda pop out of the keg. After the pressure is gone, it will then go flat inside the keg. You COULD get a Portable Keg Charger to provide the CO2 "push" after you . . .
4/9/2005 – Will a cornelius keg fit into any half height refrigerator? Or better yet, if I were looking for a new refrigerator but didn't want to buy a full size or a expensive kegerator, what are my options?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are so many different 'fridges that it is best to measure (twice) and drink once. For reference, the new cornelius keg itself measures about 22" high, and 9" in diameter. Many half-height 'fridges have a freezer section in the top that interferes with the keg, but some do not. Measure, measure. Certainly a full size 'fridge will . . .
3/10/2005 – Does this keg charger come with a gas in fitting?If not, what kind would I need for a three gal keg?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it doesn't. Here is a link to the fitting you need:
3/9/2005 – I own a three gallon keg and have been using a hand pump. I like carbonating with sugar but I want to use co2 to dispense it so I can keep it in the keg longer, will this keg charger do the trick? What kind of little co2 can would I want to use and how many would I go through? Will this give me enough pressure(no flat beer)? Can you tell me . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that is what this product is designed to do, dispense (already) carbonated beer. The CO2 keeps the beer fresh (as opposed to an air pump). It takes dispsable 12 gram CO2 cartridges, and has enough pressure to do the job. If the pressure runs low, you pop in another CO2 cartridge, squeeze the trigger and dispense away. Very easy. You . . .
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
12/20/2004 – If you are kegging after the secondary fermentation and allowing the beer to condition or age does the keg need to be in the fridge or is it alright to store it in a cool dark place until you are ready to tap it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it does not need to be refrigerated. Storing can be done most in any cool spot. No need for darkness...light won't penetrate that keg!Assuming you like COLD beer, you'll need to refrigerate before drink/tapping it tho!
10/9/2004 – What is the best method to fill bottles from a keg system? How do you reduce the foam and ensure that the beer does not go flat??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The BEST way to fill bottles from a cornelius keg system is using a counterpressure bottle filler. It purges and fills your bottles in an all CO2 enviroment, and fills them from the bottom to minimize foaming. See below for a link to this item:If you don't have a counterpressure filler, you can attach a piece of 3/8" ID tubing (about 10" . . .
10/9/2004 – I LOVE reading all the questions and answers! Now I have one. I am going to be purchasing a kegging system as a gift. Here is what I know I want (I think): I want to have a keg inside of a converted fridge (don't have the fridge yet) and need to know what I would need to set this up, from the keg (corney?) to the fitted tap out the door... . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear our site is useful!To start, you would order a Complete Kegging System. When you click on "Options" it will allow you to select either a single keg setup or a double. To set it up for a 'fridge, all you need to do is add a Refridgerator Tap (or two). All of this assumes you have a standard size 'fridge. Most of them . . .
9/26/2004 – On your keg systems, are the kegs reconditoned? Have all the o-rings been replaced or do I have to do that. I like your site. You are the only one I have seen that has the multiple systems for sale. A friend of mine has been kegging for a few yrs now. He has a double regulater on his so he can run different pressures on the tanks. Is this . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the kegs are not reconditioned, but we supply the o-ring kits to do that if you want. It's very easy, and the kegs are in good condition anyway. I see no need for two regulators either, as long as the kegs are about the same distance to the tap.Yes, you can carbonate two kegs to 25 psi at the same time. No problem.Yes, you . . .
9/23/2004 – I own a standard 15.5 CO2 keg system and would like to use the CO2 tank and regulator with a cornelius tank. Would my the hoses be consistent with the fittings on cornelius keg with Quick Disconnect fittings?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably. Most systems use a 1/4" ID line, and that will work fine with cornelius kegs. It's possible that you have a different size, but unlikely.
9/22/2004 – How do you make a brew in a canister? have you got a step to step instruction manual. Iam talking about the homebrew keg refridgerator. i have only brewed with the kits where you bottle it.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The beer is made in exactly the same way, except instead of bottling, you siphon it into a keg. You don't need to add priming sugar, just turn up the CO2 pressure until the beer "absorbs" the CO2 to make carbonation. Yes, there is an instruction book that comes with the kegging kit.
9/14/2004 – I am wanting to set up a system that will allow me to have both a commercially bought keg (like bud light) and my homebrew in it. So far I have bought a chest freezer (14.8 cu ft). I have a couple questions about the rest of the system..one - do I need a CO2 regulator that will send two different pressures to my two kegs since they will . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) No. One regulator will do the trick. You can "branch off" the CO2 line as needed, to the different kegs. A CO2 gas manifold with shutoffs is a nice way to go for this.2) Yes. we have it all. We have helped people set up this kind of system many times. The one issue that comes up often, however, is the connection to the commercial keg. . . .
8/31/2004 – I have a kegerator that has a CO2 tank to carbonate the beer. I plan to use 5 gallon soda kegs for the final fermetation and serving of the beer. Do I need to add the sugar at the end, or will the CO2 carbonate the beer for me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can do it either way. Personally, I like to force carbonate it with CO2. This avoids re-carbonation in the keg, and eliminates sediment from that recarbonation. It also makes my beer carbonated in a DAY, instead of waiting 7-10 days for the carbonation to develop (using the corn sugar method). More beer sooner!
4/17/2004 – Hi. I want to start kegging my beer, but I dont have any refrigerator to convert, whats your recommendation, to get a regular refrigerator or to get a kegerator that is ready for kegs? are there any kegerators out there that you would recommend?thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To me, it's a matter of cost. There are kegerators out there, but they run about $800 plus shipping (which is high). You can often find an old refrigerator or freezer for under $100. If you just put it into a garage, appearance isn't an issue. Converting one of these is easy, and runs much less. We have everything you need to do it.
4/4/2004 – I am going to use a Cornelius Keg Portable Co2 Charger, so that I can take a keg to party - and the question is - do I need to shorten my dispensing line -aligator tap?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really necessary. You will use more CO2 to overcome the added resistance, however.
3/18/2004 – I was wanting to know if you could give me any advice on choosing between a ball lock and a pin lock keg. I have read that on ball lock kegs it is easey to mix up the gas and beer fittings and that they can be easily put on the wrong side and that you may never get them back off. Is this true or are they marked somehow. Also if I decide . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the fittings are marked "in" and "out" on ball lock kegs. It is possible to put the wrong fittings on, but I've never heard of them getting stuck. Interchangability may be more of an issue...the ball lock style is much more common. We have LOTS on hand, but as far as I know, we only have one pin-lock style.Yes, we carry the CO2 injectors . . .
2/25/2004 – hi! just wondering if alcohol production, conditioning, or fullness of a beer would suffer as a result of kegging opposed to bottling. Just want to brew each beer to full potential!! THANX
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely not. In fact, kegging has many advantages over bottling. Less oxygen is introduced, dry hopping in the keg is a great way to do it, and many others.The factors you bring up (fullness, alcohol production etc) are determined by the recipe formulation and brewing process/techniques. Kegged beer will condition exactly the same as . . .
2/24/2004 – Once a Corny keg is carbonated can it be taken off and stored without being conected to the CO2? Is there a time limit, is temp a factor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it can be stored off the CO2. Just like kegged commercial beer. Kegged beer can last a LONG time...maybe a year or more if temperatures are moderate. It never NEEDS to last longer than that at MY house!I would try not to store it at temperatures over about 90 deg. F, but otherwise it is quite stable.Remember, that long ago the . . .
2/18/2004 – I am interested in getting the the complete Draft Kegging System for my husband's birthday. However, we do not need the keg but I would like to get whatever else necessary to complete the "Kegerator" setup he has been wanting. What do I need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends...We can send you the Complete Kegging System without the keg if that is what you want; no problem. We deduct the cost of the keg.If you are looking for a "kegerator" setup with a tap on the OUTside of your 'fridge, we can do that too by substituting a few items.It would probably be best to give us a call for either . . .
2/17/2004 – What is the least equipment investment I can get away with if I want to use co2 to carbonate my soda? Can I just get a cornelius keg & portable keg charger? Do I also need a regulator? Any other equipment that I couldn't do without to get started?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Complete Kegging System is really what is required. Yes, a regulator is needed to increase the pressure to carbonation levels, and a fair sized CO2 bottle (like the 5 lb bottle in the System) is much more practical than the disposable cartridges.The portable keg charger works well to dispense soda that is already carbonated, but it . . .
2/15/2004 – Once the kegs are filled, do they need to be kept cold? If not, what is the "shelf life" of a keg of beer if kept at room temperature? Can room temp. beer be run thru a copper coil bathed in ice, in a cooler for example, to make a portable system that does not require you to keep multiple kegs cold?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No; as long as the beer is kept free of oxygen, it will store just fine at room temperature.Yes, the beer can be run thru a coil arrangment like you descibe. It is called a draft box, usually a stainless coil inside of a portable picnic cooler. You can mount a refrigerator tap(s) on the front, and just fill with ice when you want to dispense. . . .
2/5/2004 – I'm brewing my first batch of homebrew and have the Shamrock Stout in my primary fermentor. I have a keg fridge with a CO2 bottle that I'm going to use instead of bottles. Do I need to prime at all for carbonation, and if not will it affect the taste of the beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you can "force carbonate" your beer by putting it into the keg, refrigerating it, and turning up the pressure to about 25-30 psi. Let it sit overnight, shake it a bit, and the CO2 will go into solution. Just be sure to turn the pressure down to perhaps 6-8 psi (and relieve the pressure on the keg) before dispensing your beer. There is . . .
1/25/2004 – I'm thinking about kegging my cider for parties. If I get a portable charger can I rely completely on that to keep the pressure up for a party? or do I need to get a full system and only use the portable charger for a supplement.Also, can I prime the cider (IE. corn sugar) and naturally carbonate the keg and then use the portable charger . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, providing you have enough CO2 cartridges, the portable charger will keep the pressure up for a party. Yes, you can prime your cider with corn sugar to provide the carbonation, and then use the portable charger for "topping off" as the cider is dispensed.
1/24/2004 – I am thinking about starting to homebrew. I have a kegerator that will fit two cornelius kegs. I am wanting to get a kit, and then keg the beer instead of bottling. Is there a kit specifically for this? as I would not require any bottling equipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can do it!--altho there isn't anything specifically set up on the website (yet).For now, you can just order the full equipment kit, and when you check out, just make a comment that you don't need the bottling stuff (capper, caps)and that you would like a credit for it. That will work. OR..........just call us to place the order (800) . . .
1/1/2004 – What is a "Cornelius keg"? Does it have a ball tap like I am used to, and will fit my present system? Does it have an opening for internal cleaning and how big. I realize that these questions are basic, so thank you for your patience.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A cornelius keg is a stainless steel keg that was commonly used to
dispense soda pop, but they work beautifully for homebrew beer. It
has an oval opening in the top (sealed by an o-ring) that allows
easy cleaning. Here is a picture of an individual cornelius keg:
has . . .
12/26/2003 – I've always(3 times)Bottled my beer. I would like to keg it to bring into camp for hunting season as to not have broken bottles and ease of transportation. Can I use the CO2 charger you sell on your 5 gal cornelius keg? Also I guess I should ask that after I ferment my beer and transfer it to the keg I add my bottleing sugar to the keg for . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the CO2 keg charger works well for dispensing your beer from a keg, and eliminating bottles etc on a trip like this. Very portable.There are two ways to carbonate your beer in a cornelius keg...you can add priming sugar (dextrose) just like when you bottle your beer OR you can "force carbonate" your beer using CO2 pressure. This requires . . .
11/30/2003 – I have a 4 keg system that I purchased from you. (System works great! thank you) How do you plumb the counter pressure bottle filler into that system and what additional fittings, tubing or equipment is needed? Also is it possible to retro-fit to fill bottles other than 12 oz type ie wide mouth growlers, could the upper stopper be removed . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear your like our kegging system!You can easily install the counter pressure bottle filler by unscrewing the gas-in connector and then pushing the tubing onto the CP filler. For the beer side, just do the same from your beer line. Nothing else is really needed. I suppose, if you wanted to get real fancy, and have the CP filler always . . .
11/16/2003 – Right now I bottle my beer after primary then seconday fermantation. I understand with a keg I do not have to add bottling sugar to carbonate but in some of the other responses you say that kegs can be carbonated overnight. My question is what about the clearing that takes place in the bottles? When does this happen when you keg? If the sediment . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: First off, you might want to revise your brewing procedures. Your beer should be clear by the time you bottle it. It shouldn't have to "clear" in the bottle. Whether you bottle or keg your beer, you should leave as much sediment behind as possible. Whether this takes 2 days or 10 weeks is not important. The bottling process itself will . . .
10/1/2003 – Do you need just one CO2 tank and one regulater for multiple kegs? How does that work? If you order the "triple" complete draft kegging system are all the necessary parts included to carbonate the 3 kegs at the same time?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you only need one CO2 tank and one regulator for multiple kegs. The CO2 line is cut, and a "T" fitting is put in, allowing more kegs to be connected simultaneously. If you order the Triple, all necessary parts are included to carbonate 3 kegs at the same time. Correct!
8/10/2003 – When using this device how does one check the pressure in the keg or know how much CO2 to put in? Is there some kind of gage that should be used in addition to using this? Also, where can you get these "inexpensive" c02 cartridges?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In short, this is a "manual" charger that does not allow checking the actual CO2 pressure. You CAN check the flow of your beer, however, and to speed it up...just add a little more CO2. A few "squirts" of the trigger usually does it. I suppose you could get fancy and adapt a gage to the setup, but this is intended to be light, portable and . . .
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