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Old 02-01-2012, 04:44 AM   #1
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Default Leaving for four months...kegging/bottling?

I'm just getting into brewing and have a keg system. I'll be leaving for four months around may 1st and will have a temperature controlled storage unit to store all my stuff in while I'm gone. The question is, can a brew a few batches and leave them in kegs for this time safely or with good results? will I need to switch to bottling and leave them that way?

I'd have a friend keep tabs on them but they tend to forget about things....or get really thirsty.

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Old 02-01-2012, 04:49 AM   #2
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Leaving them in kegs is fine. Are they going to be carbonated before you leave? It doesn't really matter, I'm just curious.

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Absolutely. Just keep them on gas and you'll have awesome beer when you come back.

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Just make sure the temperature is not going to be too high wherever you store them (I know you said you had a temp controlled unit). I wouldn't want it much warmer than 70-75F (preferably less) if I was going to store a keg for up to 4 months.

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Old 02-01-2012, 05:15 AM   #5
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I guess I could carbonate them before I leave. I'll have to call in to get specifics on temperatures but they would be at whatever room temperature is there.

It might just be a little bit of an irrational fear thing about leaving charged lines on kegs, could I just pump them up a bit to set the lid and leave them off the air bottle?

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I guess I could carbonate them before I leave. I'll have to call in to get specifics on temperatures but they would be at whatever room temperature is there.

It might just be a little bit of an irrational fear thing about leaving charged lines on kegs, could I just pump them up a bit to set the lid and leave them off the air bottle?

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Yeah man, just purge any oxygen pump them up to set the lid and you're good to go. Carbonate them when you get back. Or before. Doesn't matter.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:04 PM   #7
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If you have time, carb them BEFORE you leave because when you return to some delicious home brew after being gone for 4 months, you don't want to wait for them to carb!!

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Old 02-02-2012, 05:04 PM   #8
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haha I agree, ValleyBrew.

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