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Old 01-26-2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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So I have a pilsner in primary right now. I want to keg it instead of bottle it. The instructions on the kit say to basically let it ferment out in 5-10 days then bottle for 21 before consuming. So what do I do to keg it?

Can I just let it ferment out then keg it, force carb, and let it sit? Or will force carbing effect the conditioning? What would you recommend?

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:43 PM   #2
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I would suggest a longer primary. 4 weeks is what most ppl on here do. Then keg, and chill. I carb at 10 - 12psi for about to weeks so the beer has some time to condition in the keg.

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:45 PM   #3
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I would suggest a longer primary. 4 weeks is what most ppl on here do. Then keg, and chill. I carb at 10 - 12psi for about to weeks so the beer has some time to condition in the keg.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
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I would suggest a longer primary. 4 weeks is what most ppl on here do. Then keg, and chill. I carb at 10 - 12psi for about to weeks so the beer has some time to condition in the keg.
I do a 4 week primary as well. Allows the yeast to clean up after the job is done.

Check out the sticky in the Bottling/Kegging section, there is a good discussion about force carbing techniques.

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:58 PM   #5
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I would primary at least 3 weeks,then put fermenter in fridge to crash cool for a week. this will drop out alot of remaning yeast and help to clear it up.

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:21 PM   #6
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I don't know if this is obvious or not, but I'll mention it anyway. When you keg, you don't add the priming sugar, you just wrack the beer from the fermenter into the keg. It's good to try to keep your exposure to oxygen as low as possible. After the beer is in the keg, I usually put a blast of Co2 into the discharge side so that the Co2 bubbles up through the beer forcing out any oxygen and then purge once or twice. the kegging process is a LOT faster and easier than bottles and it's probably the BEST upgrade I've made to my process.
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:36 PM   #7
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It's a pilsner so you're going to want to lager it. I would rack it, gas the keg (30 psi) to tighten up the lid seal, then lager it in the keg fridge for awhile (8-10 weeks?). Force carb it when the lagering period is over, and enjoy.

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:14 PM   #8
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I would primary at least 3 weeks,then put fermenter in fridge to crash cool for a week. this will drop out alot of remaning yeast and help to clear it up.
What would be the difference between doing what you said and just racking it to keg and chilling it? Does chilling it in the primary do something for it that chilling it in the keg won't?

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:22 PM   #9
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So you're saying when conditioning in the keg for 2 weeks it should be chilled during that time?

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:23 PM   #10
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It's a pilsner so you're going to want to lager it. I would rack it, gas the keg (30 psi) to tighten up the lid seal, then lager it in the keg fridge for awhile (8-10 weeks?). Force carb it when the lagering period is over, and enjoy.
Since it's a pilsner, this is the best answer. Also, give it at least 2-3 weeks of primary fermentation. Primary fermentations temperature depends on the yeast strain, so check the recommended temps for the strain. Lagering temps should be between near freezing and serving temps.

 
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