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Old 04-03-2011, 03:45 PM   #1
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I racked up my 3rd all grain batch in to a purged keg and was letting it age. The day I was going to put in my kegerator and carb I discovered my kegerator was toast. What would you do with the beer? So far the only answer I can come up with is buy a new bottling bucket and try to bottle it all. Doubt I can come up with a new kegerator anytime soon. Thanks for the help.

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Old 04-03-2011, 03:47 PM   #2
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Why not just let it sit and age longer while you get the kegerator fixed?

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Bottling does seem like the obvious solution.

When you say "anytime soon" do you mean months or weeks? If the latter, then I imagine you could just let the beer hang out for a few more weeks until you get the thing fixed.

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No dude...buy a picnic tap and put the keg in a fridge if you have space. Then, when you turn enough tricks and sell enough lemonade you can buy another kegerator and go back to business as usual. Seriously though...don't bottle it all, just spend the 10 bucks or less and score yourself a picnic tap.

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Or, throw a party next weekend. Put the keg in a plastic bin, surrounded with ice, and enjoy the beer with your friends. (I'm free Saturday night, but not Friday. Just FYI. )

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+1 on Ace_Club!!! I've already got the kiddie pool with ice in it...Nashville isn't too far of a drive to Colorado Springs right?

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Keg the beer and leave it to condition til you get a new kegorator? I mean if you don't have the money/time to replace it, then I'd bottle it so you can drink it. But if you can hold off, then just let it sit in the keg, it'll probably be the best beer you've ever had since many new keggers don't even realize they are drinking green beer, because carbing and conditioning aren't the same thing. And ALL beer can benefit from some conditioning time.

You could also opt for a chiller of some sort. Some folks even put their keg in a 10 gallon cooler with ice and drink it that way. Or you could make a picnic tap type setup, coils in ice in an insulted cooler that the beer runs through on the way to the glass.

There's a ton of options, bottling is the simplest, but if getting together the bottles and bottling stuff is also a pita, there are other options, they're not the greatest but they work.

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Better send me the keg. I have a tap open.

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+1 picnic tap

What's with the keggerator?

Send your beer to me.

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Copper's bad to use as a quick and dirty chiller, right? He couldn't just run his beer through the inside of his wort chiller if he has one in a cooler full of ice, right? Is there a cheap stainless tubing option he can get to rig up a picnic tap setup?

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