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Old 11-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #11
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I've had drinkable homebrew in kegs that were over 4 years old. Scottish, stout, porter, even a kolsch was still pretty decent. So they will definitely last for a while if necessary
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:19 PM   #12
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I know newbie question, once I carb the beer in the keg, can I simply un hook the co2 container and let the keg just sit if I want to age it, or should I leave the co2 attached?
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:03 PM   #13
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you can certainly unhook the CO2 - if you have no leaks, it will be fine. When you draw off a pint, however, you disturb the equilibrium between the beer and the head space. As the head space increases, it will pull carbonation out of the beer until they equalize again.

So - if you're not drinking - then yes, after its carbed, you can disconnect the CO2 - but if you're drinking - (reducing the volume, increasing the head space), you'll need to leave it connected or your beer will go flatter with each pour.

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:09 PM   #14
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To the OP, you should probably consider 3 gallon batches and 3 gallon kegs. They cost a lot more but if you only drink a handfull of beers a week, and you are the only ones drinking your homebrew, you are going to be waiting a really long time to free up space for the new batches you will want to make. Nice thing about 3 gallons is you would be able to do stovetop BIAB all grain really easily. Just a thought.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:27 PM   #15
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you can certainly unhook the CO2 - if you have no leaks, it will be fine. When you draw off a pint, however, you disturb the equilibrium between the beer and the head space. As the head space increases, it will pull carbonation out of the beer until they equalize again.

So - if you're not drinking - then yes, after its carbed, you can disconnect the CO2 - but if you're drinking - (reducing the volume, increasing the head space), you'll need to leave it connected or your beer will go flatter with each pour.
Thanks for the response. I now have four kegs carbed - 2 in my kegerator and 2 on deck (but of course the ones on deck get a little taste from time to time).

Triple Belgian IPA
Blood Orange Wheat
Bourbon Oak Barrel Porter
Vanilla Cocoa Cayenne Porter

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Trying to find a good recipe for Switchback (Burlington vt beer - only sells in restaurants).

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Old 05-08-2011, 03:14 PM   #16
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About 2 1/2 weeks.
Mind you, it would last a lot longer if I didn't drink it.
Seriously, I misplaced a keg once with a special bitter in it. It got hidden whilst rearranging the basement. It turned up nearly 9 months later, and the beer was fine.

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