Sometimes I like to just jump into things without thinking about them too much. Actually, that’s usually the way I do things. Then I screw something up and I think, “Oh, OK… I shouldn’t do that.” This is how I like to learn things. So far I haven’t killed myself with this method so it’s working for me.
I took this approach with kegging beer. Buy a keezer and kegs and put beer in them. Done. This is where the learning part comes in.
Since I had a fancy-shmancy kegging system I wanted some tap handles to go with it, so I made some. I wanted to make sure that I got the insert in the bottom on the handle straight so I figured the best way to do this was to put the insert on the tap and screw the wood into the base. This worked well for getting the insert into the tap handle. It also snapped the faucet lever inside the tap. This gave my tap handle a nice, smooth 360° rotation thing like one of the Apple computer joysticks, anyone remember those. However the nice and rotaty tap quickly turned into the will not close tap and I found myself standing there with a 12 oz glass trying to catch 5 gallons of beer. After about 10 seconds of confusion my ninja-ing skills kicked in and I yanked the keezer open and pulled the beer line from the keg. However I did not pull the CO2 line off the keg. I closed the lid, confident that the crisis had been solved because I’m a friggin’ genius. This is what I found the next day…
My best guess here is that there’s about 3-4 gallons of Rawktoberfest ale in the bottom of the keezer there, the keg was still foaming out of the beer plug when I opened it up. He’s where I got some learning to do, I’m not sure if it did this because I failed to remove the CO2 or I have a faulty seal on my plug. I’m sure my Google-fu will solve this one soon enough.
On a positive note I’ll have the parts today to fix the tap and I have a great opportunity to gain more knowledge of the kegging system. I imagine I’ll be building my own Corny kegs from old paint cans within a week.
- How to make super sexy tap handles. (mostlyharmlessales.wordpress.com)
- House Plumbed with Beer (neatorama.com)
- The “Kegerator” (fletchersfoibles.wordpress.com)