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Old 03-30-2010, 01:36 PM   #1
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When making higher gravity beers that need to age, like a Belgian Triple, when do you put the beer in the keg? Do you age it in secondary, or put it in the keg with 10# of CO2 and age it there?

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Old 03-30-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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3-4 weeks in primary and then into keg for me.

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:03 PM   #3
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doesnt the aging process take a good bit longer once its cold? Could you just hit it with enough co2 to seal the lid and leave it? Or would the beer just absorb the co2

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:37 PM   #4
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3-4 weeks in primary and then into keg for me.
Do you need to pressurize the keg? And if so, how much pressure, and can you pressurize it and remove the CO2 bottle and leave it sit for a couple of months? Or will it eventually leak off?

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Old 03-30-2010, 03:47 PM   #5
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Do you need to pressurize the keg? And if so, how much pressure, and can you pressurize it and remove the CO2 bottle and leave it sit for a couple of months? Or will it eventually leak off?

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I pressurize to get a good seal and purge the headspace. All my beers that age in kegs create a little pressure on their own as they are still giving off a little CO2. As long as the keg is sealed good so no O2 can get in, I think you can age for a good long time in a keg.

**edit** I usually hit the keg with about 30lbs to seal. Then purge a few times.

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:58 PM   #6
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I pressurize to get a good seal and purge the headspace. All my beers that age in kegs create a little pressure on their own as they are still giving off a little CO2. As long as the keg is sealed good so no O2 can get in, I think you can age for a good long time in a keg.

**edit** I usually hit the keg with about 30lbs to seal. Then purge a few times.
When you purge, do you completely dump all pressure, or just kind of burp it a few times and leave some pressure in the keg?

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Old 03-30-2010, 04:07 PM   #7
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I think it's important to note that aging a beer in a keg only works when you have a keg with good seals. Another poster mentioned that the beer will give off CO2 during againg and he's right. But you still should check it every so often throughout aging to make sure you didn't leak out all the pressure. I usually just push down on the corney lid with my thumbs. If you can move it even slightly, then there's less that 30 psi in there.

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:29 PM   #8
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I actually thought about maybe picking up one of those small 20oz Paintball CO2 bottles to use on a keg or two that are still conditioning.

 
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:57 PM   #9
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When you purge, do you completely dump all pressure, or just kind of burp it a few times and leave some pressure in the keg?

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I usually bleed it fully a few times to get out the O2 then leave some pressure in to store it (not the full 30psi). I usually check the kegs every week or so for pressure by just pulling the relief valve quick. As long as they are holding pressure, nothing should be getting in.

 
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I actually thought about maybe picking up one of those small 20oz Paintball CO2 bottles to use on a keg or two that are still conditioning.
You could. But think about aging in a secondary, there is no applied pressure there. As long as you keep the oxygen away, which the beer will naturally do itself, you will be fine.

 
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