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Old 04-19-2006, 02:50 PM   #1
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I suspect that it may be.

First of all, here is the problem - I am brewing faster than I can drink the beer. I know. . . a good problem to have; however, I am at the point where I don't have the bottles to keep my brews in. In other words, I need to invite some friends over for a "session" or buy some bottles.

Here is the crazy idea. I have three corny kegs, but I do not have a kegerator or a cold plate. Could I put my brews through a secondary fermentation in a glass carboy until they the yeast and remaining trub settle out and then rack them to a tertiary - my corny kegs for "longer" term storage. I understand that I could keg condition them and store them for some time, but I may not have a kegerator anytime soon.

Theoretically, how long could they remain in the corny keg, uncarbonated (essentially a tertiary fermentation) before I would have to bottle the beer and carbonate. I know this is a wacky idea, but is it viable in any way? What adverse effects would this have on my beer?

Just brainstorming . . .


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Old 04-19-2006, 02:54 PM   #2
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either way, if you don't slow down you will have to buy more corny kegs AND bottles!

OR

you could just donate your extra brew to your friends here at HBT


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Old 04-19-2006, 02:57 PM   #3
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Yeah . . . I do have to slow down . . . an unfortunate fact that SWMBO keeps reminding me of. But this does not solve my problem of having only 1 case of empties and two 5 gallon carboys of beers in secondary

Oh well . . . A few good "bouts" and I should be back on track . . . right?
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Old 04-19-2006, 02:58 PM   #4
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I think this would be fine (I do this) but I also bleed them off with shots of CO2 to clear off the O2 headspace. With no airlock going, that O2 is just going to sit there. I'd probably recommend getting one of those little portable CO2 units with some cartridges to bleed off the headspace and give them some pressure sealing.

EDIT - or maybe consider purchasing some more 5g carboys?

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Old 04-19-2006, 03:21 PM   #5
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Don't a lot of people do this? I'm pretty sure it would be fine...it basically is a carboy, must stainless and more difficult to fit an airlock to. However, at the point you would be racking to the keg an airlock should not be an issue. I definitely agree with purging the O2 with CO2 and enough pressure to get a good seal.

As far as how long it would last like that is really up to the beer. A hefeweizen would lose it's hefeweizeness just like it would in a carboy if aged too long, while a RIS could go for months and months.
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Old 04-19-2006, 03:30 PM   #7
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Yeah . . . I do have to slow down . . . an unfortunate fact that SWMBO keeps reminding me of. But this does not solve my problem of having only 1 case of empties and two 5 gallon carboys of beers in secondary

Oh well . . . A few good "bouts" and I should be back on track . . . right?
Do what I did offer people at work beer for bottles, I offered up a 6 pack for every case of empties.. I have tons of bottles now
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Old 04-19-2006, 04:00 PM   #8
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A good possible source for bottles is a local micro if there is one in your area. Of course I am talking about a bottling operation and not a bub, but a bottling micro has lots of glass and often will sell a few cases for a very reasonable price. If you have one around give them a call. The worst that can happen is they say "NO".

Storing as you discuss sounds fine, but the writing on the wall says you need to figure out the consumption end. You are in the same place I am in most of the time. The desire to brew exceeds the ability to consume. You need to become the benevolent beer guy. At the rate you are going you are going to be building an addition just to store your beer!
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I normally have several ales in keg waiting their turn in the kegger. The barleywines never get there, they just sit in a cool place as I sip them.


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