Keg, no fridge, no problem?

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Mike-H

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So,I took a break from brewing and I turned my kegerator back into a freezer. I'm back brewing again but I really like my freezer as a freezer and I dont want to buy another one. Is there any reason I cant just use my keg setup warm?? When I want beer, I will just fill up a growler and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so... I may bottle a few from the tap using my re-usable bottles as well, just to always have some cold. I have tons of growlers and bottles. Any problems with this???
 

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Lots of foam and much less carbonation. Henry's Law is not in your favor on this one.
 

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We had our kegs at ambient temp in the basement for a while (prob 65 degrees). The beer coming out was great, but lost too much CO2 in the transfer to bottles, causing undercarbonation. But it was just fine for serving.
 

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do not put the beer in the freezer chilling it fats like that is not good it makes the beer taste off.
 

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I am a bit curious about this as well.

I don't get my freezer until next week, however i have a corney of beer that has been slow force carbing in the garage at 58 F for one week now at 20psi. I really want to give it a taste... but i know i should probably wait to chill it and use my Freezer next week.
 

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by the time it sat in the freezer for an hour it'll be mostly flat, capped or not.

the warm keg is gonna be throwing CO2 outta solution just like a warm can of soda.
 

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just a thought from a rookie . Use a cooler and make your own jockey box.
Coils of s.s. or a chill plate and lots of ice.
 

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Any other ideas? I have a kegging system but cant get a freezer until july ( wont fit in current apt).
 

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I would think that ur hops would lose significant flavor and aroma if u didn't refrigerate ur beer.

Thad be a shame to waste fresh hops.
 

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just a thought from a rookie . Use a cooler and make your own jockey box.
Coils of s.s. or a chill plate and lots of ice.
Or use the freezr as the jockey box, just be careful if you drill holes through the wall to not hit a cooling line :)
This would actually be awesome! But you would probably need a tonne of tube to drop the pressure from the 25-35 psi that you will need to be carbing at high temps :D
 

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I carb up in my garage in the winter with no problems, the temp stays between 40-50 depending on the outside temp.

I think if I move and don't have a non-heated garage I would have to swindle my wife into not heating one room in our house for beer purposes.
 

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I'm kegging right now without a fridge or freezer. Carbing is the problem. My basement has been staying around 57-55 degrees lately so my carb pressure needed to be about 22-24 psi. I drop 2 of the mixing sticks down the liquid out tube and that has helped my setup tremendously. Before I could only run 16 psi due to serving line length and was undercarbed. Freeze your glasses and go with it... :mug:

I've also found that I've started to like many styles at that temp anyway...
 
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