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Old 12-22-2007, 11:52 PM   #11
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I have often filled bottles from a keg by inserting a bottling wand into a pony tap. The night before I chilled the beer to about 35, and dispensed the beer under VERY low pressure. The important thing is to FREEZE THE BOTTLES first. Cold beer into warm glass is gonna foam like crazy because warming beer can't retain the CO2 that cold beer can. Freezing the bottles keeps every thing calm and the beer stays carbed.

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Old 12-23-2007, 12:23 AM   #12
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I have often filled bottles from a keg by inserting a bottling wand into a pony tap. The night before I chilled the beer to about 35, and dispensed the beer under VERY low pressure. The important thing is to FREEZE THE BOTTLES first. Cold beer into warm glass is gonna foam like crazy because warming beer can't retain the CO2 that cold beer can. Freezing the bottles keeps every thing calm and the beer stays carbed.
Agreed. I put the bottles in the freezer the day before, though I'm sure a few hours would do the trick.
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:35 AM   #13
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Aye. I've read the thread about the tool, and I use the picnic tap and bottle wand method myself.

Method aside, my main question is the quality of the brew when left in the bottle over a period of time and/or shipped after being poured using the above methods of either 'magic tool' or bottle wand, freezing, etc.

Has anyone done experiments (or just can comment on) the taste of brew bottled and possibly shipped from a keg? Those that recieve beer from a swap that they know was 'keg bottled' - does it taste any different than a bottle carbed beer? Is it slightly flatter even when using the best kegging methods?

How about longer term storage? Anyone tried a keg bottled beer after say 1 month or 3 months? Anyone done any side by side tests? If not, I may have to begin a test.

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Old 12-23-2007, 03:26 PM   #14
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Has anyone done experiments (or just can comment on) the taste of brew bottled and possibly shipped from a keg? Those that recieve beer from a swap that they know was 'keg bottled' - does it taste any different than a bottle carbed beer? Is it slightly flatter even when using the best kegging methods?

How about longer term storage? Anyone tried a keg bottled beer after say 1 month or 3 months? Anyone done any side by side tests? If not, I may have to begin a test.
I bottled 2 beers from kegs for a competition ELEVEN days before the competition (using the low pressure/frozen bottle method described above). Both won 2nd place and none of the 6 judges mentioned anything bad about the carbonation level.

I kept a few bottles of the Helles I made and had one the other day. That was December 20. I bottled it on Nov 1. The carb was still fine and it tasted great. Alas, the keg is long empty.
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Awesome! That's the kind of evidence I was looking for.

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Old 12-23-2007, 05:53 PM   #16
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The beer I entered in competition was carbonated with carb drops. I racked to the keg. Then used a picnic tap to fill sanitized bottles. dropped in a carb drop and let it sit for 6 weeks for competition.
This is the way I'd do it. It is also the same way my LHBS (or me, when I worked there) recommended.

Rack to the keg. Fill the bottles with warm, flat beer, on top of the required amount of Munton's carb-tabs. Cap, and wait, until conditioned. Yes, you will get a deposit. Live with it. (RDWHAHB!)

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