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View Poll Results: How Do You Bulk Age?
Keg - Pressurized but off the gas 7 29.17%
Keg - Pressurized and on the gas 1 4.17%
Secondary - Carboy or other such vessel 12 50.00%
Primary - Autolysis Shmotalysis 4 16.67%
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default How do you bulk age?

I'm not talking bottles here. I'm wondering how people prefer to bulk age their brews: Keg or Carboy? This is directed at beers that tend to need months of aging before their good to serve, not say, wheats or something with a quick turnaround.

Edit: I forgot to ask if you do use a keg, do you keep it at cellar temp, or in the fridge?



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Old 12-11-2009, 02:49 PM   #2
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I've done both. I don't think it really matters either way. One good thing about kegs is you can purge them easily. Yes, it would be for a beer meant to age for 3+ months. Its said that long term aging is better in bulk than bottling after a month and aging for a year in the bottle.


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I generally use a carboy myself, but if I need the room I'll transfer to a keg.
Edit: Damn, Ed! That was fast!
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I generally use a carboy myself, but if I need the room I'll transfer to a keg.
Edit: Damn, Ed! That was fast!
Ha, yea its been a boring week here
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I usually primary from 4-6 weeks then rack to keg, pressurize, then put it in my brew closet. It sits there until I'm ready to tap it. Sometimes I tap it right away, sometimes I let it sit age for a year - all depends on the brew.

I almost never use a secondary.

I'd also like to vote of autolysis shmotalysis...I left a batch in the primary for 7 months once - no signs of autolysis and I have never even heard a personal account of someone having problems with it. I know it can happen but its like the monster under your bed.
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I usually primary from 4-6 weeks then rack to keg, pressurize, then put it in my brew closet. It sits there until I'm ready to tap it. Sometimes I tap it right away, sometimes I let it sit age for a year - all depends on the brew.

I almost never use a secondary.

I'd also like to vote of autolysis shmotalysis...I left a batch in the primary for 7 months once - no signs of autolysis and I have never even heard a personal account of someone having problems with it. I know it can happen but its like the monster under your bed.
That can happen???
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That can happen???
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