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Old 04-29-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Can I keg bottled beer?

I have a Red that's been in the bottles for coming up on 4 weeks. There is no sign of carbonation (it's been sitting at 65-68 degrees). I'd like to excersize some patience and wait it out another week, but if there is still nothing fizzing by then, is it ok to pour what I have into a keg and force carb it? I'd imagine there is some risk of contamination, but aside from there is there any reason this is not a good idea? Thanks!

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Old 04-29-2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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Contamination wouldn't be an issue (you'd sanitize the keg), but oxidation would be a huge issue. Opening and pouring would aerate the heck out of it.

You could try opening each bottle and adding a pinch of yeast (like one grain) if you think that's the issue. I assume it was primed in the usual way, with priming sugar?

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Somewhere around here, there's a thread a lot like this one. Oxidation will certainly be your primary concern, but a few HBT'ers claim success with kegging bottled beer. I don't recall that they took any huge precautions - they just carefully poured the bottled beer into their kegs.

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Old 04-29-2008, 09:48 PM   #4
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I think if I was going to attempt this, I would open the bottles and pour them slowly in a bottling bucket, making sure I held them as close to the bottom or top of the surface of the liquid as possible, then I would run a tube from the spigot to the bottom of the keg and fill the keg.

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Definitely primed with dextrose as normal. I really don't want to bother with more yeast, so I will try the bottle-bucket-keg method. The Red is one of the beers being given to my Groomsmen as gifts, so it'd be nice if it wasn't flat. Thanks for the tips.

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sounds like time is of the essence!! It seems a lot of homebrewers incorporate their hobby into their wedding. I am planning on putting a few bottles with a fancy label on each table as party favors.

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i have done this before with no ill effects. I basically just took a beer pitcher i had handy and emptied the flat bottles into the pitcher as easy as possible. Then i poured it into the keg by the pitcher in an attempt to reduce the number of times i was "sloshing" beer into the keg.

Worked fine for me.

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