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Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« on: June 15, 2012, 01:22:03 PM »
In general, how long after kegging before your APA/IPA is at its peak? 

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Re: Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 01:24:01 PM »
For me, 1 week good, 2 weeks great, 3 weeks gone.  No idea how one would be if it actually sat for a whole month.  In general, I'd say 3 weeks or so at lager temps (based on how the last glass is usually the best).

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Re: Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 02:09:12 PM »
For me, 1 week good, 2 weeks great, 3 weeks gone.  No idea how one would be if it actually sat for a whole month.  In general, I'd say 3 weeks or so at lager temps (based on how the last glass is usually the best).

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Re: Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 02:18:25 PM »
I'd say maybe 2 weeks, give or take, at fridge temp.
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Re: Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 02:55:28 PM »
For me, 1 week good, 2 weeks great, 3 weeks gone.  No idea how one would be if it actually sat for a whole month.  In general, I'd say 3 weeks or so at lager temps (based on how the last glass is usually the best).

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Re: Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012, 12:59:22 PM »
2-3 weeks depending on yeast flocculation, use of fining agent, how careful I was when racked it into the keg, and other such stuff.

One super-hoppy red ale (think a super-hoppy APA with 2 oz of Carafa II) was a cloudy mess for 3 weeks and then only cleared fully for the last couple pints.

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Re: Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 02:13:31 PM »
2-3 weeks depending on yeast flocculation, use of fining agent, how careful I was when racked it into the keg, and other such stuff.

One super-hoppy red ale (think a super-hoppy APA with 2 oz of Carafa II) was a cloudy mess for 3 weeks and then only cleared fully for the last couple pints.

I would think that clarity would be somewhat of a minor issue for ales when compared with peak flavor/aroma.

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Re: Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2012, 04:44:14 PM »
2-3 weeks depending on yeast flocculation, use of fining agent, how careful I was when racked it into the keg, and other such stuff.

One super-hoppy red ale (think a super-hoppy APA with 2 oz of Carafa II) was a cloudy mess for 3 weeks and then only cleared fully for the last couple pints.

I would think that clarity would be somewhat of a minor issue for ales when compared with peak flavor/aroma.

I don't even fine my APA/IPAs as it seems to remove some of the hop aroma when I do. I the case of the Biofine Clear it has totally stripped all hop aroma and flavor leaving a very bitter and clear but boring IPA.

For IPAs, the fresher the better for my tastes, after about 4-7 days cold crash to drop yeast.
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