Cornelius Keg Instructions

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Cornelius Keg Instructions
The Cornelius keg has a more slender shape than conventional kegs. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The Cornelius keg, often referred to as a Corney keg, is a device used for storing and carbonating home brewed beer. Originally used in the soft drink industry, the Cornelius keg features a durable construction of stainless steel. To accommodate the varying needs of home brewers, the Cornelius keg is available in a 3-, 5- and 10-gallon model. The beer specialists at Adventures in Homebrewing recommend cleaning and purging the keg prior to the carbonating process. Trapped debris may cause excessive foam within the Cornelius keg.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • 1.81kg. CO2 tank
  • Gas line
  • Beer line
  • Freezer

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  1. 1

    Examine the outer shell of your Cornelius keg to determine the capacity. Mix 1 cup baking soda with enough water to fill the keg. Pour the mixture into your Cornelius keg.

  2. 2

    Allow your Cornelius keg to sit overnight. Pour out the baking soda mixture and then rinse the keg with hot water to remove any residue. Attach the grey gas fitting onto the valve of the keg.

  3. 3

    Connect a thick-walled gas line between the CO2 tank and the gas fitting. Rotate the handle of the tank to purge the keg with 5 PSI of CO2. Unscrew the gas fitting.

  4. 4

    Siphon your home-brewed beer into the keg using a thick-walled beer line. Align the lid over the top of the keg. Apply downward pressure to force the lid into place.

  5. 5

    Chill your Cornelius keg in a large freezer with a temperature of below 4.44 degrees Celsius. Reattach the gas fitting and turn the CO2 tank to 30 PSI. Shake the keg gently for around two minutes.

  6. 6

    Allow the keg to settle for at least one hour. Lower the keg pressure to 5 PSI while rotating the pressure release valve on top of the keg. Attach the black beer fitting onto the outside of the keg to pour the beer.

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