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Old 08-23-2012, 06:08 AM   #1
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Default my first beer is nearly done fermenting.

since i want to drink some and let some condition... can i simply pull half from the fermenter and let the other half sit there? Or will it condition while carbonated in the keg waiting the be drunk so I can have a pint or so now?
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:04 AM   #2
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If you have a keg setup, save yourself the hassle and just force carb it all. 24 hours at 30PSI, then pull off the gas line, bleed the keg a bit and run again at serving pressure. Should be ready in 2-3 days, maybe 4. Then you can pull off what you want while the rest conditions in the keg.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:09 AM   #3
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What beer did you brew? How long has the brew been fermenting?
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:01 PM   #4
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A grain & extract stout . 10 days fermenting ... my guide says its done at 1.008-1.015 and it is currently at 1.011 with very little activity.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:07 PM   #5
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Force carb sounds much faster..... thank you..... a friend told me he just shakes his keg but he doesn't make very good beer so I don't take his advice
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:10 PM   #6
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Patience. Let it sit another couple weeks in the fermenter
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #7
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At 10 days, it might be done fermenting, but it most likely needs some time for the yeast to finish cleaning up after themselves, unless you pitched a large starter or brewed a really low gravity beer... Give it another week or so at least, then go ahead and keg it up. To answer your question, no, it won't keep conditioning, much, once kegged and in the fridge. Fridge temps tend to cause any remaining yeast to drop out of solution and go dormant pretty quickly, so they won't be doing anything for you.

And shaking the keg actually does work to dissolve CO2 faster - I don't quite understand the physics or chemistry involved, but it works.
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at 10 days, it might be done fermenting, but it most likely needs some time for the yeast to finish cleaning up after themselves, unless you pitched a large starter or brewed a really low gravity beer... Give it another week or so at least, then go ahead and keg it up. To answer your question, no, it won't keep conditioning, much, once kegged and in the fridge. Fridge temps tend to cause any remaining yeast to drop out of solution and go dormant pretty quickly, so they won't be doing anything for you.

And shaking the keg actually does work to dissolve co2 faster - i don't quite understand the physics or chemistry involved, but it works.
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Twistr is right. Fridge temps will slow conditioning to a CRAWL, if not stop it outright. That being said, however, you can keg condition at room temps just fine.
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I don't have a fridge because (I know this is weird) I usually drink my beer at room temp or just below. So I fill a frozen growler and then poor from there or frozen mug. Just below room temp - perfect every time
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