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General Category => Kegging and Bottling => Topic started by: Pinski on April 22, 2011, 04:35:25 AM

Title: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: Pinski on April 22, 2011, 04:35:25 AM
My kegerator is full with four flowing taps and I'm not sure I'll have an open spot by the time my next batch is ready to keg.  What is the best practice for storing a freshly filled corny keg if you don't have refrigeration space available? Or, is this just a bad idea.
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: morticaixavier on April 22, 2011, 05:10:57 AM
I don't know so hopefully you will get better advice elsewhere on the kegging aspect but i wouldn't worry about the quality of the beer itself. As long as it's not to hot or to variable in temp.
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: euge on April 22, 2011, 05:14:42 AM
It'll be fine... Keep it in a cool closet or similar.
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: Pinski on April 22, 2011, 05:16:52 AM
Should I force carbonate it or wait until it's ready to be put into service.
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: tschmidlin on April 22, 2011, 05:24:52 AM
The main thing is to make sure it is sealed.  It will age faster at warmer temps, which might be a concern depending on the beer style.  If you have the spare CO2 tank you can force carbonate it before you chill it, or at least move the process along so it is closer to being ready when you stick it in the kegerator.  Or you could take the opportunity to let it condition naturally - I wouldn't, but other people do.  But really, how long do you think it will sit before there is an opening?  A week?  Two?  RDWHAHB

If you're super paranoid, throw a party.
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: Pinski on April 22, 2011, 05:27:34 AM
I had not thought about a paranoia party.  That Sir, is a fine idea.
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: SpanishCastleAle on April 22, 2011, 11:50:32 AM
I run into this all the time.  If possible, I'll bottle the rest of an existing/flowing keg to get it out of the keezer.  I just use a picnic tap with a racking cane (cut off at a 45* angle) shoved into the end (fits perfectly), use chilled bottles, and cap on foam.  I need to bottle the rest of a RIS this weekend just to get things moving again.
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: seajellie on April 22, 2011, 12:51:55 PM
I've had kegs sit out for six months at cellar temps (55 to 62) and they only got better.

This hobby is a compulsion. I have six full kegs in the beer fridge, one outside, two cases bottled, and I'm trying not to brew again....
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: punatic on April 22, 2011, 01:10:28 PM
If you're super paranoid, throw a party.

What an image...

A bunch of guys in tin foil hats, sitting around drinking warm beer, listening to Coast to Coast AM, talking about HAARP...   ::)
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: Slowbrew on April 22, 2011, 03:32:33 PM
If you're super paranoid, throw a party.

What an image...

A bunch of guys in tin foil hats, sitting around drinking warm beer, listening to Coast to Coast AM, talking about HAARP...   ::)

Sounds like fun!  If only for the pictures.

Paul
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: oscarvan on April 26, 2011, 02:38:30 PM
Carbonate, then in the basement.....55-60 degrees. They only get better.
Title: Re: Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
Post by: Joe Sr. on April 26, 2011, 04:09:30 PM
I've only got room in my fridge for two kegs, so at any one time I have four or more sitting in storage in the basement.  Sealed, carbonated and waiting.

Not much different that the odd case or two of bottles I've got down there.