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Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« on: May 15, 2015, 06:04:15 PM »
Previous batches while I was bottling I paid extra attention to ensure fermentation was complete for obvious reasons. What are the risks when kegging beer that may not be completely done? In my case, I have an ale that has gone from 1.050 down to 1.008 in 5 days. This is already lower than the expected FG of 1.011.

Can I crash this masterpiece?

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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2015, 06:15:34 PM »
Don't get too hasty.  Have you smelled/tasted it yet?  You want to make sure the yeast has finished cleaning up after itself and that there's no diacetyl or acetaldehyde.

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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2015, 06:27:52 PM »
Yes, no off flavors. In fact it's my IMO best smelling and tasting beer so far!

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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2015, 06:33:04 PM »
Don't get too hasty.  Have you smelled/tasted it yet?  You want to make sure the yeast has finished cleaning up after itself and that there's no diacetyl or acetaldehyde.
+1 - Your primary schedule should be the same regardless of whether you're going into bottles or a keg. Not only do you want fermentation to be complete, but you want to make sure that the yeast mop up before you rack it.
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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2015, 06:55:14 PM »
5 days?  Give it some more time.
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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2015, 07:02:25 PM »
The risk is that after you carbonate the beer you (or someone else) notice flaws that were not apparent when the beer was flat and that would have gone away with more fermentation time. 

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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2015, 07:11:11 PM »
I was getting motivated by Drew's most recent article on express brewing.

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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2015, 07:33:38 PM »
+1 I would wait at least another 5 before thinking about cold crash and racking.  remember, the express brewing calls out lower OG, and still not necessarily an"optimal" practice.

pick yourself up or utilize existing bucket or carboy to start next batch when your speidel is occupied.
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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2015, 07:37:11 PM »
Your numbers would be in a range where that was feasible, but think about how fast you're going to drink it.  If it's something you're going to serve for a festival or event where it will be gone in a few hours, it may not be a big deal and no one may notice anything off about it.  If it's something you're going to drink at your house over a few weeks, you may start to notice things at serving temp and carbonation levels which aren't evident in a hydrometer sample.

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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2015, 07:49:08 PM »
remember, the express brewing calls out lower OG

Can you elaborate on this?

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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2015, 07:55:21 PM »
A low OG beer has a reasonable chance of being done and yeast byproducts cleaned up on an express schedule - less sugars to ferment. Most regular or higher OG beers can't be pushed that fast.
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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2015, 08:06:24 PM »
remember, the express brewing calls out lower OG

Can you elaborate on this?


Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #10 on: Today at 02:55:21 PM »

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A low OG beer has a reasonable chance of being done and yeast byproducts cleaned up on an express schedule - less sugars to ferment. Most regular or higher OG beers can't be pushed that fast.



yep this^^^^^^  not that you cant do it, just that you may not be happy and have higher risk of being disappointed....and some of us know it because it has happened to us, and kicked ourselves in the arse for being impatient  ;D
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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2015, 08:11:41 PM »
So a 1.050 beer isn't low?  :o

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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2015, 08:17:19 PM »
So a 1.050 beer isn't low?  :o

call it average. 1.040- would be my low, 1.060+ high

think you've gotten a bunch of good info and advice. end of the day, do what you feel comfortable with. if it doesn't work out, there's the learning and always the next batch!  if it works out...cheers, enjoy!
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Re: Fermentation Schedule while Kegging
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2015, 08:28:45 PM »
Only good things can come from patience when it comes to brewing...I have learned the hard way on numerous occasions. If you don't need the beer quickly, then I wouldn't push it...
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