So you're the type of guy that really likes do it yourself projects, so you want to know how to fill a keg with your homebrew beer. Making your own beer certainly makes you sure to get plenty of party invitations, and transporting the beer around in kegs makes it easy to bring enough for everyone. A kegging system is a large initial investment for a home brewer, around $150 to $250, and most home brewers use the Cornelius system. You'll want to have the kegging system set up and ready to go prior to filling the keg. Check over the system to make sure that it is properly fitted and working and fill up the CO2 tank ahead of time. The keg should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized so that your beer has a good home to go to.
Things you'll need to fill a keg:
- Kegging System
- Pump a short shot of CO2 into the keg. This will push out any remaining air, so that the beer will not come in contact with any oxygen. This is critical to avoid spoilage.
- Bring the beer fermenter to the keg.
- Siphon the beer from the fermenter into the keg. You can also use a hand pump to get the beer from the fermenter into the keg.
- Refrigerate the keg. Bring it out for the party and have fun!
- Fill bottles from the keg using an attachment called a counterpressure filler. This way, you can have your kegs and provide bottled beer for easy transport, beer competitions, and just to have in the kitchen refrigerator.