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Old 02-18-2008, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default Root beer kegging question...

(I couldn't figure out where to put this.. Kegging seemed the best)

I'm about to keg 5 gallons of root beer..
2 questions I had before I do...

How long will root beer be good in a keg?
I don't foresee it sitting in there for a long time, but just in case..
I've heard 2 different tales.. 1 is that the yeast will continue to eat the sugar and within a couple of weeks, it will be no good... And there is so much pressure built up
that it blows bottles/breaks glass... Will I be ok in a keg?

2nd question:
If I were to fill a growler right from the keg and bring it to work, it should be ok, right? The growler would be empty by the end of the day and knowing the heathens at work, it will be gone within 3-4 hours.

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Old 02-18-2008, 10:22 PM   #2
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Default Root Beer the Hard Way.

**#1. I'm not sure how much you will need, But you will like it better if you add some honey beyond the directions in the kit. It just feels too watery in the mouth without.

#2. Are you going to force carb your brew? The Yeast is only to facilitate natural carbonation in bottles. If you force Carb, you won't need any yeast, and it should last forever in the keg.

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Since you're kegging, I would force carb it. avoid the yeast sediment altogether.

that said, Rootbeer flavoring will ruin all 5 o-rings on the keg...so plan to replace those the next time you use this keg for beer.
the keg will also need to be soaked overnight to get the smell out.

and you'll only be able to use that beer/tap for rootbeer.

lastly, rootbeer needs a lot more carbonation than beer. I'd start off at least 20-25psi for a couple weeks. You'll need a lot of beer line to balance that system out...somewhere around 20 feet.

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**#1. I'm not sure how much you will need, But you will like it better if you add some honey beyond the directions in the kit. It just feels too watery in the mouth without.

#2. Are you going to force carb your brew? The Yeast is only to facilitate natural carbonation in bottles. If you force Carb, you won't need any yeast, and it should last forever in the keg.
How much honey are we talking?
I hate the taste of honey.. Does it blend nicely?
Yes, its going to be force carbed, so I won't be using yeast, which answered that question! Thanks

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Since you're kegging, I would force carb it. avoid the yeast sediment altogether.

that said, Rootbeer flavoring will ruin all 5 o-rings on the keg...so plan to replace those the next time you use this keg for beer.
the keg will also need to be soaked overnight to get the smell out.

and you'll only be able to use that beer/tap for rootbeer.

lastly, rootbeer needs a lot more carbonation than beer. I'd start off at least 20-25psi for a couple weeks. You'll need a lot of beer line to balance that system out...somewhere around 20 feet.
Yes to the force carbing..
Do you mean that the root beer o-rings won't be usable in the future at all, or just with beer? This keg will most likely be dedicated to root beer only in the future. I was under the impression that the o-rings would hold the flavor, but not be "destroyed"...

Are you saying that I can't tap this keg for 2 weeks?
And damn, 20 feet of line is alot!
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I have made the fermentap #2 and used 3 lbs of honey and 2 lbs of table sugar to make a 5 gallon batch. I force carbed it in the keg at 30psi shaking the keg about every 2 hours for the first 12 hours. I have not had an issue with my o-rings being ruined. I soak them in Star San.

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Default Honey in the Bottle.

I have a batch in bottles right now. Made with montrichet Yeast, that brown "Natural Sugar" and 4 oz of honey in 1 gallon batch. I will let ya know how it blends and tastes.

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Default Yeasty.

This is pretty good...but REALLY yeasty. I think because it's so young...this seems to age away after another week or so in bottles.

The texture is great tho. Much better with the honey. I still want to add some DME or something to really malt it up a bit. I don't want the grain flavor tho.

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How much honey are we talking?
I hate the taste of honey.. Does it blend nicely?
Yes, its going to be force carbed, so I won't be using yeast, which answered that question! Thanks

Yes to the force carbing..
Do you mean that the root beer o-rings won't be usable in the future at all, or just with beer? This keg will most likely be dedicated to root beer only in the future. I was under the impression that the o-rings would hold the flavor, but not be "destroyed"...

Are you saying that I can't tap this keg for 2 weeks?
And damn, 20 feet of line is alot!

Gasp! you don't like honey!!! (i'm a mead maker...to me, that's blasphemy!)

anyhow, the root beer will just permanently infuse root beer aroma (and thus flavor) into all the o-rings. so a dedicated keg for root beer is a wise choice.

I only force carb at serving psi, which takes 10 days or so to equalize in the entire keg (i don't shake or stir the keg at all). You can rapid carb faster, but its easy to over carb beer doing that. for rootbeer, probably less of a concern.

and yeah, 20 feet of line IS a lot. i dumped most of a keg of rootbeer because it was too much of a pain to dispense, wasted a lot of CO2 dialing it down to balance my 6ft tap line, then back up so it would stay carb'd.
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Gasp! you don't like honey!!! (i'm a mead maker...to me, that's blasphemy!)

anyhow, the root beer will just permanently infuse root beer aroma (and thus flavor) into all the o-rings. so a dedicated keg for root beer is a wise choice.

I only force carb at serving psi, which takes 10 days or so to equalize in the entire keg (i don't shake or stir the keg at all). You can rapid carb faster, but its easy to over carb beer doing that. for rootbeer, probably less of a concern.

and yeah, 20 feet of line IS a lot. i dumped most of a keg of rootbeer because it was too much of a pain to dispense, wasted a lot of CO2 dialing it down to balance my 6ft tap line, then back up so it would stay carb'd.
I was 16 years old.. My (now wife) girlfriend and I were experimenting with sex. I heard/read/whatever that honey raises the erotic levels through the roof. So I got some honey (the little plastic bear one.. That was a bit weird btw).. Anyway, I OD'd on honey that night and to this day, I have an aversion to honey.
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Ok, I'm resurrecting this thread to ask a couple of questions!

I want to make a keg of rootbeer for Memorial Day weekend. I have extra o-rings, so that's no problem. I guess I'm kind of cheap, though, and would hate to waste like 15-20 feet of beer line! You guys are saying that the beer line would be permanent reeking of root beer after using it? And that to keep it carbonated, I need a ton of line? I'm wondering if I could carb it, and then just use short line to dispense over the weekend?

I'd rather throw away a foot or two than 15 feet!

Oh, and capcrnch, that story is priceless!

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