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Old 05-31-2007, 06:04 PM   #1
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Hi Brewers,I got a question about kegs.I bottle all my brew now ,but would like to start kegging.I was wondering how long it takes to condition beer in kegs?I brew only Ales,so no lagering for me yet .Usually I have to age my bottles of beer about 3 to 4 weeks.I was wanting to know what the timetable is for kegs.

BTW...I'm an all grain brewer.

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Old 05-31-2007, 06:07 PM   #2
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Kegging saves you no conditioning time. Now, you can force-carb a beer in a short period of time (a few hours if you're determined enough), but you'll be force-carbing a green beer. It still will need the usual amount of conditioning time.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:13 PM   #3
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Though... if the beer has been conditioned in the secondary long enough and or cold conditioned.. then you can pretty much drink it once it's carbed. That said, I still find them better about 10 days in.

Now I've opened a can of worms involving the neccessity of carbonic acid in order for a beer to really condition...
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:15 PM   #4
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The bird is right on the money. The hardest thing about kegging is resisting the urge to drink the green stuff!

 
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:50 PM   #5
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Here's one thing I have been stuggling with when considering going to kegging. And I know that I am asking the fox to guard the hen house and all that but....Isn't beer in kegs a little excessive....
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Here's one thing I have been stuggling with when considering going to kegging. And I know that I am asking the fox to guard the hen house and all that but....Isn't beer in kegs a little excessive....


What do you mean? Excessive how?
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:08 PM   #7
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The bird is right on the money. The hardest thing about kegging is resisting the urge to drink the green stuff!
I totally had this problem when I started kegging with the 30PSI 3min deal to carb. I find that if I just put the keg in the rator with 12-13psi and leave it for a week or two, it'll be nicely carbed and I don't drink it greenish. Then again, I also keep a backlog now to avoid the whole deal.
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:16 PM   #8
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Here's one thing I have been stuggling with when considering going to kegging. And I know that I am asking the fox to guard the hen house and all that but....Isn't beer in kegs a little excessive....
I don't know.... I do know that I found cleaning, filling, capping, and storing all those bottles to be excessive though.


For me personally, I need to have some hobbies to work on to keep me happy, building a kegerator just seemed like a fun thing to do.

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Having 60+ full bottles laying in your closet is any less "excessive"???
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:36 PM   #10
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Having 60+ full bottles laying in your closet is any less "excessive"???

I have about 200 just now! and 5 gallons to be bottled in 1 week.
I consider that not to be enough! 100 of those are big beers though.

60 is NOTHING. 2 weeks supply. ...if that!
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