Keg Connection New Inline Flow Control Valve Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Question about conditioning time, bottles vs kegs
Thread Tools
Old 03-24-2009, 04:23 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 356
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts

Default Question about conditioning time, bottles vs kegs

Forgive me if this seems rudimentary, but I've only recently been studying up on kegging.

Most people say to wait at least 3 weeks before drinking bottled beer, often even longer. However, I see a lot of people that say you can drink a draft beer right after you force carb it. Why is this? Doesn't the kegged beer have to mature also? Obviously, part of the reason you wait with bottles is for the carbing and flocculation, but that should only take a couple weeks.

alpo is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2009, 06:20 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
WBC's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: La Puente, CA, California
Posts: 2,175
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts


Generally it takes 2 weeks to a month minimum fermentation to be ready to keg or bottle. The gravity of the wort and the type of yeast and the temperature determines this time. Bottles take 3 to 4 weeks to produce enough CO2 in solution. You can always drink any beer before it's time but it will never be as good as when you age it long enough. If you keg and let your beer carb at 36F and 10PSI it will be ready in 7 to 9 days.

Fermentor 1: Bill's House Ale II, Fermentor 2: German Helles, Fermentor 3: Bill's Schworzbier (Black Bier)
Tap 1: Bill's House Ale II, Tap 2: German Hefewizen, Tap 3: Nut Brown Ale
Future Brews: Stone IPA Clone, Blonde Ale, Budvar Clone, Newcastle Clone
New toy: Blichmann 27 gallon fermentor

“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging”

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment”

WBC is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Storing kegs while conditioning 1000ml Bottling/Kegging 10 05-21-2009 04:50 PM
kegs/temps/conditioning/tasting UYLDAR Bottling/Kegging 2 04-02-2009 02:25 AM
Typical Conditioning Time For 22oz Bottles? bhegarty Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 02-05-2009 03:53 AM
Cold Conditioning to Bottles Question Franzi General Techniques 2 10-23-2008 04:09 PM
Conditioning Soda Kegs Creep City Brews Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 12-10-2005 11:57 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads