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Anxiety of Kegging
« on: April 17, 2015, 02:07:11 AM »
So I just started kegging this winter and am on my second batch in the keg. The first batch was good but the second was one of the best beers I have made, a really nice IPA. I know I am getting to the end of the keg and every time I pour a beer it could be the last. I feel nervous and will miss this beer. Good thing I just bought more hops to brew it again this summer.

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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2015, 02:25:57 AM »
That's awesome! Its good to brew a beer you love. It's also good to savor the bitter sweet feeling when the keg blows. Its good when people are sad that it's gone. My high school drama teacher always said "leave them wanting more". It's sad but not as sad as wondering when the hell this crappy keg will kick, if ever. Good for you!

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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2015, 02:35:22 AM »
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2015, 03:02:52 AM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2015, 11:45:08 AM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

It's sad but not as sad as wondering when the hell this crappy keg will kick, if ever.


^^^^^     Golfbum, I bet you'll like your re-brew of it even better. Nice job !
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2015, 12:57:45 PM »
That's the one downside to kegging, you are never really sure how much beer is left. In the bottle, it's easy to see what you have left and can plan ahead to re-brew something but in the keg, it's wild ass guess!
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2015, 12:59:38 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.
I know, it's always such a bummer. My lagers are tasty from the day I tap them, but those last few pints are as clear at the German lagers I strive to make. I just wish the whole keg could be like that.
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2015, 01:28:10 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.
I know, it's always such a bummer. My lagers are tasty from the day I tap them, but those last few pints are as clear at the German lagers I strive to make. I just wish the whole keg could be like that.

Gelatin after cold crashing the primary. It really works and you will get your wish.
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2015, 01:31:53 PM »
Gelatin after cold crashing the primary. It really works and you will get your wish.

Definitely works as advertised.
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2015, 05:34:40 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

+1....Totally.

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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2015, 07:44:42 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

+1....Totally.
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2015, 08:22:16 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

+1....Totally.
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2015, 01:48:41 AM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

I did notice that they are getting clearer. Which I like, but now that I know this bit of information I know that kegs days are numbered.

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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2015, 04:08:57 PM »
That's the one downside to kegging, you are never really sure how much beer is left. In the bottle, it's easy to see what you have left and can plan ahead to re-brew something but in the keg, it's wild ass guess!

Does anyone know of anything similar for homebrewers to what the breweries and pubs use, which shows the amounts left in each keg? There has to be a solution out there somewhere... right?
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Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2015, 04:13:46 PM »
There's something you can tape to the side called a Smartstrip or similar.
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