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Old 03-19-2009, 11:35 PM   #11
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How long does keg beer last? Never long enough.

Keg beer on CO2 --> Fresh very long time

Keg beer with picnic tap and hand pump --> One weekend (Yea I went to college)

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Old 02-14-2011, 06:11 PM   #12
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Ok, so here's the situation. I put a batch of Rye PA on CO2 about 3 months ago in my kegerator. It's been inside the fridge for 3 months and about two weeks ago my fridge stopped working so now the batch has been in a non-working refridgerator for the last 3 weeks at room temp. Now for the question: Is the batch completly ruined or is it still drinkable once i get it chilled and in my new fridge?

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Old 02-14-2011, 06:20 PM   #13
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Now for the question: Is the batch completly ruined or is it still drinkable once i get it chilled and in my new fridge?
It may be OK still if the keg didn't have any leaks or loss of pressure.

Best way to know is to chill it and try it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:22 PM   #14
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Your beer is fine. I have seen beers pulled for a year or more. It's just like bottles. So long as the seal on your keg is good, no worries.

Worst case scenario is maybe you have to recarbonate it.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:15 AM   #15
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Good seal, purged well in the first place, can last respectibly for... years.
The longest I've seen is about 4.

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Old 07-03-2012, 03:43 PM   #16
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I have a corny keg that I brewed in 2009 — then I moved cities and everything sat in a garage until I finally got my chest freezer up and running last night. I put the old corny in there, and I think I might try it. Is that too big a risk? I am not sure if I purged it, since I dont know what that entails.

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Old 07-03-2012, 04:34 PM   #17
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Hi

Most commercial breweries claim a "use in 120 days" type limit on their legged beer if it's stored as recommended (36 to 38F). Some will even buy it back past that point.

I can go into any one of a number of beer distributors here and find 1 to 2 year old kegs sitting on their shelves "ready for delivery". Yes they come from the same people who talk about 120 day limits (but not the ones who do buy back).

Good beer properly done, stored cold, kept clean and pressurized will last a long time (decades). The odd batch with this or that problem - not so much. How lucky do you feel?

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Old 07-03-2012, 04:39 PM   #18
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I have a corny keg that I brewed in 2009 — then I moved cities and everything sat in a garage until I finally got my chest freezer up and running last night. I put the old corny in there, and I think I might try it. Is that too big a risk? I am not sure if I purged it, since I dont know what that entails.
Basically the only "risk" is that it will taste terrible. As you may know, no harmful microorganisms can live in beer. Three years of fluctuating temperatures though, and with the possibility there was some air in there, I wouldn't have high hopes that it would be drinkable. But give it a try and let us know!

I think the overall answer to "how long will beer last in a keg" as long as it's properly sealed with only CO2 in the headspace, is "about as long as it would in bottles." Which is quite awhile.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:49 PM   #19
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Good to hear. Well I will give it a shot! Now all I need to do is figure out if I can salvage my old picnic tap.

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:02 PM   #20
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Bringing the topic up. It makes difference the style of the beer for how long it will last? A lager will last less than an Ale? Here in Brazil there is this crazy mith that kegged beer it is only good for a couple of days after it has been tapped.

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