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Old 01-04-2011, 02:38 PM   #1
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Typically I let a beer sit in the primary under fermentation temps for 2-4 weeks then rack to a keg. As the beer conditions in the keg, it is uncarbonated. (of course under a small amount of pressure to keep out O2).

Does beer age better under carbonation? Should I carbonate and then condition?

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Old 01-04-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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I'm no scientist, and I don't know a whole lot about pressure systems, but I've always found that my beers do better when in a keg. So, carbonation may not help them age better, but I do think the pressure does.

I typically rack to a keg and then hook it up to my CO2 at 12-15psi. Within a few weeks, it's usually tasting great. After a month, it tastes better. When I bottle, it takes twice as long to get to that level.

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Could be the difference between bulk aging and bottle aging. Also, when you have it on C02 it displaces the oxygen and thus decreases chances of oxidation more. There are a number of things that could attribute to it. In my own unscientific opinion I do agree, my kegged beer always seems to taste better.

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