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Old 09-25-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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Hello all!

I have been brewing for a bit now and have just recently purchased my first keg. I have an Oktoberfest fermenting now, almost done.

Now usually I would transfer to bottles and prime it and let it condition for 2-3 weeks.

With a keg I will be force carbing now. Do I transfer it to the keg and let it sit in there for a bit (a week or so), then chill it and carb it and wait another 1-2 weeks or do I go straight to keg, chill it and carb it and then let it sit for a couple weeks in the kegerator?

Thanks for any tips and your answers!

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Old 09-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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You can go to the keg and directly to cold chilling plus carbing at about 14-16 lbs. for a couple of week's. Then drop CO2 to about 8 lbs and enjoy.
I've been keg conditioning a lot more w/ very good results. Add priming sugar to your keg (I use 1 oz/gal), rack your beer , and seal keg with CO2. Let it sit a couple of weeks just like bottles. Cold crash then carb at 8 lbs & serve.

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Thanks for the quick reply!

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Or if you are in a hurry / thirsty. Fill keg and chill, force carb at 30 psi for 36 hours, vent keg and reduce to serving pressure, enjoy.

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So, not planning to lager your Oktoberfest? You can carb during the last couple weeks of lagering but I don't know if you want to skip this step entirely.

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So i kegged it today. Its chilling now. should i let it lager with no carb for a couple weeks or add the gas and continue to chill for a couple weeks?

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Btw it turned out just as predicted. 1.044 og and ended at 1.010 or 1.012 or so.

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You could put it on the gas now. I just wait until closer to the end of the lagering period so I won't be tempted to tap too early (very legit concern in my case ).

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So i kegged it today. Its chilling now. should i let it lager with no carb for a couple weeks or add the gas and continue to chill for a couple weeks?

You can carb anytime b/w now and consumption...as eluded above, the two are interrelated.
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You can go to the keg and directly to cold chilling plus carbing at about 14-16 lbs. for a couple of week's. Then drop CO2 to about 8 lbs and enjoy.
I've been keg conditioning a lot more w/ very good results. Add priming sugar to your keg (I use 1 oz/gal), rack your beer , and seal keg with CO2. Let it sit a couple of weeks just like bottles. Cold crash then carb at 8 lbs & serve.
Huh? Why would you force carb AND add sugar?
Just carb it with Co2.
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