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Old 11-29-2009, 03:12 AM   #1
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Today I did my first all-grain brew (welcome to the 'club,' me!). While on the whole it went well, I ended up with a total of 8 gallons (was shooting for 10--but with 1st time using a tun, 1st time doing a 10-gal batch & new equipment to boot, comes a learning curve!).

I have transferred into 2 carboys ~4 gallons each. That's all well & good I suppose.

But my question is this: when it comes time to keg/bottle, can I do two 4-gallon kegs (without issue), or would I be better off doing one 5-gal keg and just bottling the remaining 3 gallons?

Any thoughts/previous experience would be most welcome.


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Old 11-29-2009, 03:17 AM   #2
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You can absolutely keg 4 gallons or less for that matter. Just be sure to purge the headspace with co2. Think about it as you drink from the keg the volume lessens but doesn't affect the quality of the beer.

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Old 11-29-2009, 04:50 AM   #3
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Keg em up, yer good to go!

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Old 11-29-2009, 04:53 AM   #4
I use secondaries. :p
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You're already worrying about something that's at least 3 weeks in the future!

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Old 11-29-2009, 04:20 PM   #5
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You can totally keg them both in 4 gallon kegs. Just be sure to adjust you co2 pressure for the extra headspace or else it won’t be as carbonated as you would like. Personally I would do 5 gal in the keg and bottle the rest but I have bottled most of my beer and usually keg half and bottle the rest so I can see how it ages etc.
Primary 1:Golden Shower APA
Primary 2: Dry Stout (5gal)
Bottled:Stone Epic 09.09.09 Clone,Eclipse Stout (11 gal),Bitter Blond, Belgian Dubbel #2, SNC IIPA (So Not a Clone IIPA), Imperial Pale Ale
Keg 1 Golden Shower APA
Keg 2: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone
Keg 3: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone
Keg 4: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone
Keg 5: Citra Pale Ale
Keg 6: Export Stout
Keg 7: Export Stout
Keg 8: Faux Blonde
Keg 9: Empty
Keg 10 (3gal): Empty
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:42 PM   #6
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I rarely get exactly five gallons. By the time I rack to the secondary and then to the kegs and taken gravity samples I've lost maybe a half a gallon. Keg them in any quantity you want. As was stated above, be sure to purge the air out two or three time.
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:58 PM   #7
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No problem. I've kegged 2 gallons of apple wine, 3.5 gallon of GF Pale and 4.5 gallons of an ESB. Just purge the head-space.
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