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donjonson 11-25-2010 12:39 AM

how long will beer last in a cornelius keg?
 
Will it expire?

Hang Glider 11-25-2010 12:49 AM

Different beers age differently. But it won't actually "expire" in a closed, sealed system. IPAs will lose some of their bright hoppy aroma characteristics from dry hopping with weeks, or a few short months, while your barleywine is only going to improve over the next year...

donjonson 11-25-2010 12:52 AM

whatabout like a few years.. would it taste like crap after that long?

Hang Glider 11-25-2010 12:57 AM

Depends on the style. Barleywine? nope. most others, maybe. probably.

The question is - how does a beer LAST THAT LONG ?????

Sounds like it's time to brew again.

emoutal 11-25-2010 12:57 AM

If it's sealed properly and there's no infection, then it's just like a big bottle. Some beers will improve with age, others will not. A big barleywine will probably get better after a few years.

donjonson 11-25-2010 01:03 AM

I dont have a kegging system and my first homebrew batch is still in the primary (about 11 days now). I am just thinking of the future and possible scenarios. I would like to have a 4 corny keg setup in my house but I really only dring a few beers a week and I dont have that many friends come over (ok almost none). I truely love great beer but I tend to lean twords the healthy side of things and dont drink it that often. But now that I think about it if I had 4 corny kegs filled with great homebrew I would probably drink it a lot more often.

japhroaig 11-25-2010 01:03 AM

Aging mellows things out, and lets more subtle flavors come through.

IPA? You don't want subtle, so drink young.
Pale ale? Age longer, it gets more interesting.
Dry Irish Stout? After a year they get a tad boring.
Imperial Stout, Barley Wine, Wee Heavy, Old Ale? Save some for your grand kids, it only gets better.

So the real question is, what do you want to age in a corny?

Hang Glider 11-25-2010 01:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by donjonson (Post 2430710)
. I truely love great beer but I tend to lean twords the healthy side of things and dont drink it that often. But now that I think about it if I had 4 corny kegs filled with great homebrew I would probably drink it a lot more often.


Oh, you will, my friend. You will.



a 4 corny kegerator/refrigerator is a great size. You don't have to fill all four, just pick two styles you like, and see how it goes.

BigJerk 11-25-2010 03:19 AM

I've got a two tap kegerator, I've had it since April. I think I've had two beers in it at once once! I just got another primary, so hopefully I can get a pipeline going and have a full kegerator for once. once you keg it's easy to go through it quickly, growlers to football games, hosting game nights, and 5 gallons is gone as quickly or more quickly then it takes to make!

donjonson 11-25-2010 12:24 PM

Yeah I would like to have four styles on draft at any given time. This would also allow me to get a pipeline going. But this means I need to have 2 fridges. one for the kegs/taps and one for fermentation wit temp control. at the moment I dont even have a fermentation fridge, I am using swamp cooler method which is dodgy at best. I gues I amg getting ahead of myself. I havent even tried my first batch yet.


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