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toddzio 01-29-2010 05:01 PM

What temperature can I set my kegerator to?
Hey Folks,
I bought a couple of 1/6 barrel kegs today for my new kegerator, I have not kegged any of my own beer. The guy at the keg store insists that the kegs must be kept between 36-38 degrees, or the beer will spoil in a matter of days. I generally prefer my beer at a more cellar temp- maybe 50-55. Is this guy correct? What is the highest safe temperature?

DrDirt 01-29-2010 05:15 PM

I imagine that as long as everything is sanitized properly you could store at 50-55 for a very long time without and problems. In other words, don't believe that guy.
EDIT: To put into perspective: Lots of guys on here leave their beer in primary for months or more at fermentation temps, it makes the beer better, not worse.

elmetal 01-29-2010 06:09 PM

Well our beer is alive (still has yeast) whereas most commercials do not.

while there may be some truth to what he said, I still call bull**** and since nothing is being introduced into the keg except co2 I don't see the beer "spoiling"

what does spoiled beer even mean?

DKershner 01-29-2010 07:31 PM


Originally Posted by elmetal (Post 1847204)
what does spoiled beer even mean?


Oxygen is the enemy, temp has nothing to do with it. (Note that I don't condone freezing or boiling ;))

He was giving you advice about a party tap most likely, which pushes beer with oxygen. In that case, I don't know if colder temp would help or not, but I would guess yes.

BierMuncher 01-29-2010 07:35 PM

The guy at the keg store probably assumes you'll be pushing the beer with a keg pump (using air) rather than CO2.

In answer...I hold both my kegerators at 37 degrees. If you're using CO2 to push the beer, you've little to worry about with regard to spoilage as long as the beer is kept cool. After all...a keg under CO2 pressure is nothing more than a very large can of beer.

qvantamon 01-29-2010 08:37 PM

Just to make sure, by 1/6 barrel kegs do you mean cornies?

CodeRage 01-29-2010 08:39 PM

I keep my keezer at 45.

IrregularPulse 01-29-2010 08:40 PM

He is talking about a 1/6th barrel.
It's basically the commercial size equivalent to a corny, but has a normal sake Tap.

slakwhere 01-29-2010 11:06 PM

good info in this thread. about to build a kegerator of my own and wondered if i could keep it low to lager beer simultaneously or if i needed to keep it warm enough to serving temp. looks like i can do either =)

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