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Old 05-03-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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Hi keggers, a few questions. I have a pale ale that I want to split a 5-gal. batch to fill 2-5gal. cornies w/ 2.5 each. I would purge w/CO2 first then rack the beer. Is there a concern w/the amount of head space in the keg? I usually force carb. beginning w/20-30lb. One 2.5 gal. keg would be flavored w/red pepper that swmbo likes and the other I want to leave just the pale ale. In the event the pale ale is boring or lacking something. Can I open the keg, add some hops, purge O2, give the hops week or two, tap and drink with no problems? Has anyone ever tried to adjust a beer's flavor once it was kegged?
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:50 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great plan! I have soaked and dryhopped in the keg before. No problems opening it up. Don't forget sanitation and a good purge is a good idea. Co2 is heavier so it should maintain a blanket over the beer if you are gentle with it. You don't want to get aggressive and end up aerating the beer.

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Thanks Sandy, the pepper ale is a really good beer. Its just not an everyday brew so it lasts a long time. The last 5-gal. batch was in the keg so long (1-yr.+) that it started to taste funky by the end of the keg. The other half is an experiment for some functions I am brewing for.

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You could even do less volume as long as you co2 purge prior to filling. The other thing is that you could experiment this way and if you find a dry hop or oaking or spice that you really like scale it up to 5 gallons no problem. Corny kegs are pretty awesome.

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It will use up more co2 but not problem at all. I have a big saison (8%) that has been kegged for about 6 months it's down to jut a few pints in keg but still very good.

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You might want to consider putting the additions in a mesh bag. It's no fun when bits get stuck in the poppets and they stick open.

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You might want to consider putting the additions in a mesh bag. It's no fun when bits get stuck in the poppets and they stick open.
That is my plan. Thanks to all.
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Hi keggers, a few questions. I have a pale ale that I want to split a 5-gal. batch to fill 2-5gal. cornies w/ 2.5 each. I would purge w/CO2 first then rack the beer. Is there a concern w/the amount of head space in the keg? I usually force carb. beginning w/20-30lb. One 2.5 gal. keg would be flavored w/red pepper that swmbo likes and the other I want to leave just the pale ale. In the event the pale ale is boring or lacking something. Can I open the keg, add some hops, purge O2, give the hops week or two, tap and drink with no problems? Has anyone ever tried to adjust a beer's flavor once it was kegged?
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If the beer is already kegged when you throw the hops in, be ready with the lid. The foaming can be impressive.
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Thanks for the warning "t", the kegs aren't carbed yet. But I have been wondering if I should remove the hop sack from a keg hopped IPA. Is it ok to leave them in til the beer is gone? I guess the equivalent time as a trip around the horn to India would be fine! And, I've left the hop sack in for about 5-6 weeks on a previous IPA without a noticeable effect. That is untill the last pour. Which comes out green and scary looking! Cheers!

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Should be fine. At that temp, it'll take awhile to get the grassy notes. My IPA kegs never last long enough for that to happen. Good luck!

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