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Old 01-28-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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I typically do a 7 day primary, 14 day secondary and then keg. My question is, should I be allowing the beer time to condition after I keg for better beer? I typically start drinking the beer after it has been force carbonated, but I do notice that as time passes the beer gets better. (Did I just answer my own question?)

Right now, I just have a kegerator with room for 2 corny kegs. I'm seeing the need to obtain additional kegs and then maybe a chest freezer for storage/conditioning after kegging.

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Old 01-28-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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but I do notice that as time passes the beer gets better. (Did I just answer my own question?)
I think you did haha. I have never had a home or microbrew that hasn't gotten better with age.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:31 PM   #3
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I typically do a 7 day primary, 14 day secondary and then keg.
Leave it in the Primary for 3 weeks total, dont bother with the secondary if your not going to secondary for 4+ weeks. Atleast do the primary for 2 weeks

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My question is, should I be allowing the beer time to condition after I keg for better beer? I typically start drinking the beer after it has been force carbonated, but I do notice that as time passes the beer gets better. (Did I just answer my own question?)
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Right now, I just have a kegerator with room for 2 corny kegs. I'm seeing the need to obtain additional kegs and then maybe a chest freezer for storage/conditioning after kegging.
Can never have to many kegs.
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Right now, I just have a kegerator with room for 2 corny kegs. I'm seeing the need to obtain additional kegs and then maybe a chest freezer for storage/conditioning after kegging.
Don't need to keep the kegs cold while storing/conditioning them just like you don't keep bottles cold when they are conditioning.
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Don't need to keep the kegs cold while storing/conditioning them just like you don't keep bottles cold when they are conditioning.
So after kegging, I could just shoot the keg with 30psi or so and let them set at room temperature? That would be ideal. I guess you would still have to balance the carbonation after you chilled the keg, but that wouldn't be that big of a deal.
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30 PSI is what I do, and bleed and blast again. This way I seat the lid properly, and ensure no CO2. When it's time to put it on, I chill, and force carb (30PSI about 2 days bleed and put on serving pressure). The 30 PSI to seat the lid won't carb your beer, so you will still have to force carb.

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...My question is, should I be allowing the beer time to condition after I keg for better beer?...
A great deal depends on the beer style and recipe.

I'd advise you:
  • Buy more kegs so you can keep your pipeline brewing without bottle necking your storage.
  • Eventually invest in an additional chiller (chest freezer) so you can add additional taps.
  • Get brewed up to the point where your tapping 2-3 month old kegs...not 3-4 week old kegs.

Cornies are a cheap source of storage.

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A great deal depends on the beer style and recipe.

I'd advise you:
  • Buy more kegs so you can keep your pipeline brewing without bottle necking your storage.
  • Eventually invest in an additional chiller (chest freezer) so you can add additional taps.
  • Get brewed up to the point where your tapping 2-3 month old kegs...not 3-4 week old kegs.

Cornies are a cheap source of storage.
I ended up doing this very thing... found myself able to get cornies @ $17; it's nice to have a few deep with beer already aging.
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When keg conditioning can I just hook up the co2, crank it to 30psi, bleed a few times, then disconnect? I only have 1 co2 and 1 regulator that will be running my kegerator so I won't be able to have it hooked up during the aging/conditioning process.

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