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Title: Cask Condition?
Post by: pete b on March 17, 2016, 07:30:21 PM
I have a little 5 liter cask that I just emptied and I also have an English IPA ready to package. Will it work to simply make enough priming solution pour it in and fill with the beer and put in the cellar then simply serve via the spigot, or there more to it than that?
Pete
Title: Re: Cask Condition?
Post by: kramerog on March 17, 2016, 10:10:26 PM
It'll work that way.  I'm sure you're aware that the carbonation will go down over time once you tap it unless you have a special tap.  I could sell you the special tap; haven't used it in years; it runs on CO2 cartridges.
Title: Re: Cask Condition?
Post by: majorvices on March 18, 2016, 01:51:12 PM
That should work but be sure you don't over prime it because it will just blow that spigot out. I would go below 2 vol.
Title: Re: Cask Condition?
Post by: pete b on March 18, 2016, 01:59:07 PM
Fortunately its a style I am happy to drink at a low carbonation level which is why I'm thinking of doing this.
Kramerog: as of now I'm not interested in a special spigot but I'm having a ball with this little cask and will probably someday get bigger ones I'll keep it in mind. As to the carbonation going away over time its a little 5 liter cask so I'll probably have people over when its ready and drink at least most of it in one day.
Title: Re: Cask Condition?
Post by: pete b on March 26, 2016, 10:35:57 PM
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Well this is pretty tasty. Very little carbonation but the oak and fairly subtle whiskey flavor play nice with the black tea flavor and aroma from the EKG . The carbonation seemed to peak two days ago when I took a tiny taste. It then pushed some whiskey oak syrup through  one joint between staves but not much.
Great beer to drink after an epic outdoor work day of winter trash removal and getting hives ready for the arrival of new bees.
Title: Re: Cask Condition?
Post by: Phil_M on March 28, 2016, 01:30:57 AM
Those both look dangerously drinkable...

The only "issue" I have with cask ale is that it just seems to be so much easier to drink (too) quickly.
Title: Re: Cask Condition?
Post by: pete b on March 28, 2016, 01:05:47 PM
Those both look dangerously drinkable...

The only "issue" I have with cask ale is that it just seems to be so much easier to drink (too) quickly.
Yep, those beers were not nursed, nor were the next ones...