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Old 10-30-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
Mar 2011
Arlington, VA
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I have 5 gallons of ESB sitting in secondary in my kitchen. There is a Real Ale competition coming up next month in my homebrew club that I want to enter it in. The only problem is that I have no kegging equipment of my own. A homebrew club member is letting me borrow a corny keg, and the club has beer engines. Here is my question: I have no way to store it or enough people to drink 5 gallons of real ale that day or even that week; I would like to not waste it. Here is my question: can I keg half of the 5 gallons and bottle the other half? I heard you need to prime with different amounts of sugar if you are to bottle versus keg. Anyone have any suggestions or advice for me?



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Old 10-30-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
Apr 2006
Green bay, WI
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Do you have a way to hit the keg with some co2 before you start any of this ?

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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What I have done in the past is prime in the keg, then bottle some once the beer is carbonated (biermuncher bottling method). You would need C02 to do this.
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