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Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« on: March 30, 2016, 03:23:45 AM »
I got my hands on an old kegerator at work that wasn't being used. I thought it was deep enough to hold a carboy but it isn't. However, there is plenty or floor space for 2 corny kegs. Is it bad to transfer from my primary fermenter after terminal gravity is reached and the transfer to kegs for lagering? I would expect to purge with CO2, but is it bad to go ahead and fully carbonate before the beer has had time to age? I have had some good luck with Kolsch in the past but I have never brewed an actual lager. Thoughts?

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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2016, 04:01:14 AM »
Not bad at all. Aging while carbonating is how most people do it.

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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2016, 04:24:25 AM »
I generally keg and then carbonate at serving pressure after fermentation is complete (plus a few days, as a general rule). By the time it's carbonated to my taste, it's usually ready to drink. The exception is lagers, which generally take a couple of extra weeks or so.
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2016, 05:33:42 AM »
It's my common practice. I'm also going to add an occasional pulling of the prv if I'm detecting any sulphur

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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2016, 12:23:01 PM »
As others said, no problem and somewhat preferred. I like to cold crash in carboy or bucket for a few days first then lager in kegs until lagering period is over.  I will say that it may be better to get the yeast to crash out before you carbonate because co2 can cause yeast to be more reluctant to drop out. If fining it is betts to do this on still, cold beer.

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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2016, 12:49:15 PM »
I would have to think how to lager without using the kegs as I have been doing it that way for so long.
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2016, 01:17:16 PM »
Agreed with the others. It's how I've done it nearly exclusively.
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2016, 01:29:25 PM »
if lagering in kegs is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2016, 01:31:14 PM »
An old friend who now no longer homebrews always lagered in kegs and did so with them lying horizontally. His lagers were tremendous and he took many BOS ribbons as a result. His thinking was the distance was less to the surface of the beer and so it lagered faster and cleaner. I have no idea if he was right or not, but I could never argue with his results!
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2016, 01:56:52 PM »
An old friend who now no longer homebrews always lagered in kegs and did so with them lying horizontally. His lagers were tremendous and he took many BOS ribbons as a result. His thinking was the distance was less to the surface of the beer and so it lagered faster and cleaner. I have no idea if he was right or not, but I could never argue with his results!

I have thought about trying this, but I have too many leaky kegs. Maybe I will try it with a newer keg.

Lager breweries often have horizontal tank for the shorter distance, and more surface area for the yeast to work at cold temps.

This place was a lot of fun to tour. Picture of the lagering tanks.
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2016, 02:21:48 PM »
I have some 120bbk lagering tanks in the works. Hopefully next year!

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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2016, 02:50:15 PM »
Doesn't the sediment get into the beer when stood vertical to serve?
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2016, 02:51:52 PM »
I got my hands on an old kegerator at work that wasn't being used. I thought it was deep enough to hold a carboy but it isn't. However, there is plenty or floor space for 2 corny kegs. Is it bad to transfer from my primary fermenter after terminal gravity is reached and the transfer to kegs for lagering? I would expect to purge with CO2, but is it bad to go ahead and fully carbonate before the beer has had time to age? I have had some good luck with Kolsch in the past but I have never brewed an actual lager. Thoughts?

I thk that's the preferred method for most of us.
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2016, 02:52:53 PM »
An old friend who now no longer homebrews always lagered in kegs and did so with them lying horizontally. His lagers were tremendous and he took many BOS ribbons as a result. His thinking was the distance was less to the surface of the beer and so it lagered faster and cleaner. I have no idea if he was right or not, but I could never argue with his results!

Sounds like homebrewer BS.
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Re: Is it bad to lager in kegs?
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2016, 04:14:20 PM »
An old friend who now no longer homebrews always lagered in kegs and did so with them lying horizontally. His lagers were tremendous and he took many BOS ribbons as a result. His thinking was the distance was less to the surface of the beer and so it lagered faster and cleaner. I have no idea if he was right or not, but I could never argue with his results!

Sounds like homebrewer BS.

Particles drop at a certain rate, so many cm/day. But a corny is not that tall so things end up falling out pretty fast compared to a big giant commercial conical. At a homebrew scale it is not much of an issue. I will try it someday just to say I have.
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