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Offline Guy

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Aging in a keg
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:35:00 PM »
I have a keg of a stout in my refrigerator that has been fully carbonated. It tastes good but I think if I aged it for a month or two it will be much better. My question is: Can I just pull the keg form the frig and let it sit at room temp and still under pressure without ruining it. I could just leave it alone but I have another batch to keg and could use the frig space for it while the stout ages.


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Re: Aging in a keg
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 08:56:04 PM »
Yes you can leave the keg at room temp for a month or two.
You might need to hit it with some CO2 from time to time to keep the keg sealed.
The down side, I see, is that the beer will be a lot less fresh after 2 months at room temp.
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Re: Aging in a keg
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 07:27:33 PM »
I would definitely age it in the keg, but I would also try to keep it cold. Whether that means doing your best to leave it in the fridge to age or in a cooler/colder part of your house or garage. Colder is better for aging.

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Re: Aging in a keg
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 01:05:44 PM »
I would definitely age it in the keg, but I would also try to keep it cold. Whether that means doing your best to leave it in the fridge to age or in a cooler/colder part of your house or garage. Colder is better for aging.

What is the coldest temp at which one can age beer?

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Re: Aging in a keg
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2017, 03:19:33 PM »
I typically have my aging chest freezer set to 35F. You can easily set it lower than that to age as well.

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Re: Aging in a keg
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2017, 11:31:58 PM »

What is the coldest temp at which one can age beer?

Thanks in advance for your answer.

I lager at 29°-30°F.  The direct answer to your question is, though it varies slightly with alcohol content and residual extract, the freezing point beer is about 25°- 26°F.
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Re: Aging in a keg
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2017, 01:49:25 AM »
I would keep the kegs in a cool environment. I don’t have much experience in lower temperatures near freezing but a friend of mine has let kegs sit for nearly a year in a keg. Depending on the type of stout you might get an improvement over what you have atm. A Russian imperial should be fine if you are talking about doing what you’re doing.
I think if your stout is lower in alcohol though I.e. more flavorful and not as boozzie as a ris you would want the beet fresher.
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