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Offline Pinski

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Re: Lagering in corny kegs
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2013, 02:41:25 PM »
50 gallons lagering in corny kegs as I type this.
I really need another chest freezer and more kegs so I can do this...That sounds ridiculously awesome.

I'm picking up a new freezer tomorrow for this exact purpose.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Lagering in corny kegs
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2013, 04:12:32 PM »
50 gallons lagering in corny kegs as I type this.
That should last for the hot summer months ;)
It often does. Nothing like a refreshing lager on a warm sunny day.
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Re: Lagering in corny kegs
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2013, 05:18:57 PM »
So theres no need to allow gassing off during lagering?  I'm still a little foggy on just what exactly is happening during lagering.  If the yeast are still somewhat active, whether it is better for the beer to be able to "breathe", etc.  If its just a matter of letting the beer drop clear in cold storage, then I think kegs or bottles could be lagered and you could carbonate first.

I'm lagering some bottled/conditioned beer right now.  Four weeks in the fridge at 35F before I take it to a Cinco de Mayo party.
It depends on how well the beer has been fermented.

If you control temperatures well early, then give the beer a bit of well-timed warm conditioning to clean up the last of the diacetyl and acetaldehyde and blow off any sulfur, then a well-behaved yeast should be clean by the end of about 3 weeks of fermentation.  Then you really only need to drop the yeast.  When I use WLP830, I usually only lager for the 2 or 3 weeks that it takes to drop the beer to crystal clarity.

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Re: Lagering in corny kegs
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2013, 07:02:37 PM »
If you are worried about releasing gas, you can do so by pulling the ring on the release valve, but I find it unnecessary.
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Re: Lagering in corny kegs
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2013, 04:17:34 AM »
So theres no need to allow gassing off during lagering?  I'm still a little foggy on just what exactly is happening during lagering.  If the yeast are still somewhat active, whether it is better for the beer to be able to "breathe", etc.

As you bring the beer temperature down, it is able to absorb more CO2 in solution. I usually keep 3-5 psi on the keg as it is lagering because I find it actually takes in a little more CO2 than the yeast gives off from any remaining activity. When you've lagered as much as you want, you can simply increase your pressure for the desired carbonation level and serve. Very easy and clean.
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Re: Lagering in corny kegs
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2013, 04:35:09 AM »
50 gallons lagering in corny kegs as I type this.
I really need another chest freezer and more kegs so I can do this...That sounds ridiculously awesome.

I'm picking up a new freezer tomorrow for this exact purpose.  ;D ;D ;D
We have three now ::)
You won't regret it!

You guys are enablers!  ;D
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