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Old 02-19-2009, 09:17 PM   #1
Oct 2008
Saratoga Springs
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Question- This may sound really stupid, but how long does beer last in a keg? Is it just as long as a bottle? Thanks for humoring this novice question-

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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Depend on the same factors as bottled conditioned beer. OG, hopping rates, etc... Beer can and will last several months or more in the keg depending on style, and typically improves to a certain point just as with bottles. It's even possible to use part of a keg, purge with CO2 and remove to storage and hook it up again later.
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:29 PM   #3
Oct 2008
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i have always heard up to 2 years on a keg 6 months if its been tapped but i belive the average for a full keg is like a year

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Old 02-20-2009, 02:56 PM   #4
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Yep, under the same conditions, the same time limits apply.
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:00 PM   #5
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I don't think it matters if it is tapped or not since it is under Co2 pressure either way.
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:54 PM   #6
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It depends on the type of beer more than anything else as long as there's no O2 contact or infection. An imperial stout will last a lot longer than a hefe (and that stout won't even be good until long after the hefe has gone south).
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