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Old 08-05-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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I've had my beer fermenting in the fermenter 4 weeks and will be going on holiday. Not sure if I should keg it or leave it in the fermenter. How long would it last in the keg?


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Old 08-05-2013, 05:05 PM   #2
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Keg it. Purge out the O2 with the CO2 and either let it sit, or set it to the set/forget pressure in the frige to carb.

Will last a LONG time in the keg in a CO2 environment.


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If I want to set/force pressure in the fridge to carbonate what pressure would I want to use? 30psi?
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If I want to set/force pressure in the fridge to carbonate what pressure would I want to use? 30psi?
30 PSI is too much for set and forget. Set it to serving pressure as long as it's cold.
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9-10 psi in a cool fridge (say 40 deg F) if you want light carbonation. 12 psi for average carbonation. 14-15 psi for high carbonation (must have long enough beer lines for this to avoid excessive foaming).

If your fridge is colder and near freezing, a tad less pressure is needed. If it's near 50F, a tad more pressure is needed. There are carbonation charts on this site if you search for them.
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I have the same 'going on holiday' issue and want to know if I can low carb an ale and leave it in the fridge at this low pressure and dial it up when I get back after a month, or is it not that simple? This way the keg would be a low pressure secondary.
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The beer will keg for years in a keg, that real worries is what type of beer is it. Like a stout you can keep 5-10 years and will get better with time, while an IPA, normally should be drank as fresh as possible.
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I have the same 'going on holiday' issue and want to know if I can low carb an ale and leave it in the fridge at this low pressure and dial it up when I get back after a month, or is it not that simple? This way the keg would be a low pressure secondary.
Sure that would be fine. Purge the head space a few times. Then dial up to 30 psi to set the seals. And dial back to 8 or 9 psi for long term cold storage. As alternative, you could just set the seals at 30 psi and disconnect the gas. This would increase the time needed to carbonate however.


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