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Old 09-12-2008, 02:09 AM   #1
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Sorry folks I don't know if this needs to be in the Kegging Forum or not.

Our first attempt at kegging was actually our third brew overall so forgive my nubieness. We chose to keg an American Cream Ale. Nothing too fancy just a simple little extract kit. I've had it under 10 psi for a week and got good carbonation, but it was very bitter. I've read the "never throw a brew out" sticky, but if I remember correctly it was geared more towards bottling.

Will this stuff get better in a chilled keg?



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Old 09-12-2008, 02:11 AM   #2
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So are you trying to say it's bitter because you kegged it?



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How long have you been conditioning the beer? Kegged green beer that's been force carbed is still green beer- no matter how you slice it.

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Patience Daniel-san.... It if your brewing techniques were sound, it will improve with age. Even with kegging, the last glass is usually the best.

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So are you trying to say it's bitter because you kegged it?
No...just bitter in general. We had such good luck with our other 2 brews we bottled I just wasn't expecting this. More puzzled than disappointed I guess.
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How long have you been conditioning the beer? Kegged green beer that's been force carbed is still green beer- no matter how you slice it.
From start to kegged was about 3 1/2 weeks.

EDIT: Well...maybe 4 1/2 weeks not including the week under pressure. My buddy has the notebook and he's out of town.
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From start to kegged was about 3 1/2 weeks.

Yep, it's still green. Remember how it took 3 weeks for your bottles to carbonate? And how your last beer of the batch was usually the best? Same with the keg. Think of a keg as a giant bottle/can that needs to mature before tasting best.

The longer the beer sits sealed in the keg (at room temp), the better. Then hook it up to pressure.
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Yep, it's still green. Remember how it took 3 weeks for your bottles to carbonate? And how your last beer of the batch was usually the best? Same with the keg. Think of a keg as a giant bottle/can that needs to mature before tasting best.

The longer the beer sits sealed in the keg (at room temp), the better. Then hook it up to pressure.
Ok I can understand that. Can I assume that due to it being chilled that the maturing process will take longer than bottles at room temp?

Thank you all for your help by the way!
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Was it a Brewers Best Kit? I have one that is about batch #...100+ for me, one of the last Extract brews before going AG, and it's so damn bitter it'll such your cheeks up underneath your ears!
I think they screwed up the hop type, amount. or AA% or something.

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Was it a Brewers Best Kit? I have one that is about batch #...100+ for me, one of the last Extract brews before going AG, and it's so damn bitter it'll such your cheeks up underneath your ears!
I think they screwed up the hop type, amount. or AA% or something.
Yep, that's the one!


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