From the HBD Archive
From: Tom Hotchkiss <trh@hpestrh>
Subject: Quarter barrels.
Date: 1989-07-12 14:28:10 GMT

Gregg TeHennepe writes concerning quarter barrels. I have brewed two batches
for quarter barrels now, and it works great! Here are a few of the tricks I
have learned:

1. You don't need a larger secondary, you already have one (the keg)! I
simply bought another primary fermenter (not too expensive) and brewed
a 7.8 gal. batch. I split the wort equally between the two primaries.
Then, I siphoned all of it into the keg for secondary fermentation.
The local homebrew shop had a rubber bung large enough to fit the keg
opening, so I could attach an airlock directly to the keg. There are
some notches in the keg opening that aren't sealed by the rubber bung,
so I just covered these up with scotch tape or something.
Once complete, I siphoned all the beer back into the primaries, added
sugar (about 2/3 the amount I would have used for bottles), rinsed the
keg, and siphoned the beer back into the keg. Leave sealed for 1 or 2
weeks. Tap and pour using natural carbonation pressure. Once the natural
pressure gets too low, turn on the CO2.

2. When I got the keg, I took the valve out and took the thing down to one
of those self service car washes and rinsed out the inside using the
high pressure rinse. Then I filled the keg with a water and baking
soda solution (I can't remember the strength) and let it sit for a few
days to "sweeten" the keg (this seems to get rid of all lingering odors).
Finally, sanitize with the normal chlorine solution.

3. If you don't have a recipie for a 7.8 gallon batch, take a 5 gallon recipie
and double it to make 10 gallons. When siphoning into the secondary, just
put any excess into 1 gallon jars. I did this once, and had enough excess
to fill a 1 case of bottled beer.

I have a refrigerator with a CO2 system for the keg, and believe me, this is
the best way to store and serve homebrew! Having some friends over? Well,
just whip out pitcher and fill it with fresh, cold homebrew. The only
drawback to this scheme is removing and replacing the valve. This is a real
pain, and the only suggestion I have is: use 3 hands, one or two kitchen
knives, a screwdriver, and have lots of patience. You'll get better at
it the more you do it.

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Tom Hotchkiss
VLSI Designer
Hewlett Packard
3404 E. Harmony Rd.
Fort Collins, CO. 80525

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