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Old 08-05-2008, 01:39 AM   #1
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I am planning on Bottling my RIS tomorrow evening. Now that I have kegged 10 or so Batches, I REALLY AM NOT looking forward to Bottling. So, here's my question. How do you sample a Beer once it is Kegged? Is it as simple as hooking up the Gas and taking a sample? I guess you get to sample flat Beer? I plan on aging this beer for 6 months before I try a sample. I am thinking it'll be ready in about 24 months. Nice thing about a Bottle is that it would be Carbbed and ready if I only want one bottle. I wouldn't have to Force carb the shole keg to have a drink of it in it's prime. Thoughts?

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Old 08-05-2008, 02:13 AM   #2
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Nothing wrong with carbing the keg while aging. 6 months before trying is admirable and 24 months is insane. Im sure it will get better with time, but I couldn't wait that long.

There is a thread regarding warm aging ales that discusses weather or not cold or warm aging is more beneficial. I'm not sure it was decided other than time is always of benefit.

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I would say you want to carb it during ageing.
You want that layer of c02 protecting the beer from o2.
I drink a lot of brews flat, mead, cyders, I just add enough c02 to push it. You can get a good idea of the taste, just realize that the co2 will enhance it, good or bad.

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You can age it carbed or non-carbed. If I was doing this, I'd probably prime the keg and let it age that way, just as if it was simply a big bottle. Taking a sample is easy- just stick the quick disconnects on them and beer line with cobra taps. I sometimes keep a keg in the basement (root cellar area) and it's not on the gas but I can go down and try it without any trouble. I bought some of those co2 chargers for this, but I haven't used it yet.

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Screw the bottles. I'm kegging it.

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anything wrong with bottling a couple of bottles and throwing the rest in the keg?

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Only that it's a pain in the ass to divide up 5 ounces of sugar into 1 bottle proportions.

If you've got the carb drops, then bang on you're good to go.

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carb drops either need more time or they simply don't work very well. i bottled several beers early on that way and they didn't turn out so good.

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anything wrong with bottling a couple of bottles and throwing the rest in the keg?
Or bottling from a keg. Search for BMBF
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Or bottling from a keg. Search for BMBF
I bottle from my kegs. I have an oak aged RIS in a keg right now that I plan on doing this with. To me, it is the way to go.
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