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1990dtgl98 08-09-2011 05:44 AM

adding to an almost empty keg?
Here's a simple question but figured I'd ask.

I had kegged and subsequently drank a batch of apple cider over the course of 2 or so months. I made another batch in the meantime and that's about ready to keg.

I still have about 5 glasses left (estimate) from the first batch. Second batch is the exact same recipe. Is it OK to just add to the keg without re-cleaning/sanitizing or not?

I figure it's already sanitized from before....but I'm not sure if only having liquid on the bottom 5-6" for a few weeks means there might be some crud built up on the sides that might cause some off flavors?


HHP 08-09-2011 07:03 AM

As long as your sanitation is good and you keep it refrigerated, you should be fine.

I've done this before with a 10gallon batch of beer into a keg, 5 gallons at a time.

JonK331 08-09-2011 07:37 AM

Probably fine but is $1 of star san and a few minutes worth it to eliminate risk? I say yes

rycov 08-09-2011 08:27 AM

should be fine. i wouldn't make a habit out of it, but i have gotten away with it before. its adding cider to more cider in a sanitized keg (well, it was sanitized). no biggie i guess, but don't let it get you in the habit of being lazy with you're cleaning and sanitizing.

wilserbrewer 08-09-2011 11:59 AM

I would bottle or drink the last 5 glasses and clean / sanitize the keg. Likely no harm in kegging on top of whats left, but....

1990dtgl98 08-09-2011 04:17 PM

Thanks for the advice guys.

Looks like I'll be downing a few tonight! Better safe than sorry.

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