Size of Headspace for Keg

Discussion in 'General Brewing Discussions' started by jmcnamara, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. jmcnamara

    jmcnamara Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2012
    Messages:
    2,457
    Likes Received:
    1,947
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Rosedale, MD
    Based on a few discussions here, the consensus seems to be that the amount of headspace in your fermentor isn't that big a deal, whether for oxidation or other fears / off flavors.

    what about a keg that's only half full? other than using more CO2 to carb up, it seems to me like it would take the same or less amount of time as a full keg. and even then, i'm not so sure it would be a drastic increase in CO2 usage.

    i'm thinking more on the brewery size of things, for instance, filling a 10 bbl brite tank with 5 bbl of beer. but seems like the same principles would apply
     
  2. Ozarks Mountain Brew

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2012
    Messages:
    7,767
    Likes Received:
    3,976
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    IT Managment
    Location:
    The Ozark Mountains of Missouri
    no disadvantages of the head space of a keg as far as carbing, in the beginning I rarely filled a keg full before getting my system settings right and its the same as drinking half for aging so your good
     
  3. jmcnamara

    jmcnamara Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2012
    Messages:
    2,457
    Likes Received:
    1,947
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Rosedale, MD
    did you notice if you were using significantly more gas one way or the other?
     
  4. Ozarks Mountain Brew

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2012
    Messages:
    7,767
    Likes Received:
    3,976
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    IT Managment
    Location:
    The Ozark Mountains of Missouri
    no my 5lb co2 last about a couple of months or some times even 3 depending on how fast I turn around beers and purge
     

Share This Page

arrow_white