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Old 01-22-2014, 06:57 AM   #1
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Default How much beer do you keep on hand?

Tonight I find myself fighting the sleepy munster pretty bad and it's still 9-10 hours before I'll see the bed. I've prowled and searched this forum till my head is bouncing off the desk trying to stay awake.

I'm curious how much beer you guys keep on hand. I'm not a heavy drinker and if you were to try to justify the $$ spent on making beer for the little that I drink, I would be called foolish. But with that said, I find the process of brewing beer fascinating.

So far I've made a few batches since November of last year. Of that, I've probably wasted 5 combined gallons from the various brews just being impatient and checking bottle carbonation. At most, I might have consumed 4 gallons. Will I ever justify the expense? No, but my friends sure like it. lol

There is no way in God's green earth I'll find a way to drink this before it goes bad, but I've already got the next 3-4 recipes picked out. lol

So anyway, for the sake of me staying awake, how much do you guys keep on hand at any given time?

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:38 AM   #2
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I try to keep the pipeline going. I will try to have 2- 3 gallon batches in bottles, usually my higher gravity brews. Then I rotate my 3 kegs around. So at any given time I will have between 10-12 gallons.

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minimum 20 gallons on tap or i just dont sleep right

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If I thought I could drink 5 gallons from a keg before it went bad, I wouldn't mind having a small keggerator in my house. What kind of shelf life would five gallons of a light bodied beer give you in a keg once you started to use it?

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I have never had a batch "go bad" due to time. If you have enough friends the beer goes rather quickly. My longest 5 gallons lasted a little over a month.

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If I thought I could drink 5 gallons from a keg before it went bad, I wouldn't mind having a small keggerator in my house. What kind of shelf life would five gallons of a light bodied beer give you in a keg once you started to use it?
Why would your beer in a keg kept on CO2 differ from a beer in a bottle. I have some in bottles that is over 2 years old and it's fine, in fact some is much better now than it was at 3 months.
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I'm just getting my pipeline setup. Right now I have one keg full, a few bottles, and a batch in the fermenter. Fermenter space is my bottleneck so I ordered another bucket yesterday. With some planning I should be able to keep the fermentation fridge full and a keg on deck and ready for when I kick one.

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Why would your beer in a keg kept on CO2 differ from a beer in a bottle. I have some in bottles that is over 2 years old and it's fine, in fact some is much better now than it was at 3 months.
Yes, it does seem that kegged beer kept on CO2 should last a while...
(Good to know since I'm thinking about starting to keg!)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/how-long-will-your-beer-last-corny-keg-109473/
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Normally around 10 gallons, in the kegs and finishing. As for bottled beer, they never last long, anywhere from a 4 pack to a case. Only thing is I drink the bottle beer as I get it.

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The correct answer is as much as swmbo will allow. With that said I have 2 kegs in the fridge, 2 kegs conditioning, 2 carboys in long term aging and another 5 gallons ready to rack over to keg. When we move into our house in march and I build a keezer then I'll have 6 kegs in it with 2 on stand by plus aging at all times. And I don't drink that much either. A beer or two a night tops. Some nights none.

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