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Old 12-04-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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Default Question about Kegging, 1st time.

So I just got a new corny keg system for my birthday, and needless to say am very excited to get rolling. But I have a quick question about clarifying in the keg.

If I let my beer sit in the keg for say a few days, wont the outlet tube in the tank just pull all of the sediment off the bottom and send it straight to my glass? If so, would it just be in the first part of a beer, or will it keep happening.

Also, how long can I sip on the beer once I've got it in the keg and cooling in the fridge?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Old 12-04-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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Is there co2 involved? If so, then don't worry about time. The first glass will be sediment.

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Old 12-04-2011, 07:33 PM   #3
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Yup you will suck up any settled yeast every time you pour, especially the first glass. In my experience, leaving the keg alone for a week or so to carbonate (even after a 14-21 day primary) is not enough time to get it nice and clear. I usually have somewhat cloudy beer until it is around 80% empty.

When I do really want it crystal clear I'll use gelatin (search around, lots of information) and have it clear-up in just a couple days.

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Old 12-04-2011, 08:14 PM   #4
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Yeah I'll be using CO2. One more quick question. I'm going to be transporting this kegged beer on a 10 hour road trip to meet up with my family for some relaxation. Do you think the car ride will ruin the beer? I'll do my best to keep a constant temp in the car.

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It won't ruin it, but you'll stir up any settled yeast for sure.

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Old 12-04-2011, 08:47 PM   #6
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Can I force carbonate at room temperature, or do I need to do so while the beer is cold? Thinking maybe I can be carbonating on the drive up there, in order to reduce lag time so we can start drinking right away.

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It certainly works way better when cold, you would have to increase the pressure to get the same results I believe, I'm not sure how much though.

Do you have time to get the keg nice and cold for a day before you head out? If your really pressed for time you can do the accelerated method by shaking the keg (when cold), you risk over carbing if your not careful but it's possible to go from zero carbonation to fully carbed in less than an hour.

One other quick thing, I don't know how warm it is down where you are this time of year but watch out for leaving your co2 tank in the car for extended times in the sun!

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use a carbonation chart it tells you what pressure you need for a given temperature.

Force Carbonation Chart - Kegerators.com

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Crash cool your carboy before racking to the keg and it will be nice and clear.

If you're pressed for time, you can hook the keg up to the CO2 for part of the drive and the gentle swaying motion will force carb for you. (Haven't done that, read about it in Zymurgy, so you might want to do more research on pressure and time)

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I would imagine that you could pour the kegged product into a bucket, clean the keg and then return it along with the co2 for your drive.

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