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Offline darvyle

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Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« on: November 22, 2010, 06:15:35 AM »
A buddy and I made a barley wine a few weeks back and I'm torn if i should bottle or keg my half?  I'm leaning towards bottling for 2 reasons.  first I'll free up a spot in my Keezer to drink other beer and secondly if it is on tap I'll be temped to have a drink more often then not to taste it.  If i bottle I can stick it in a corner and rely on the out of sight out of mind rule to keep it around for a while. 

Are there any advantages to keeping it in a keg over bottling?

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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 06:40:43 AM »
Barley Wines (and a number of other high gravity styles) can benefit from extended aging or cellaring. If you want to age your bwine, you won't tie up a keg long term. Aging is also most effective when bottle conditioned, with the live yeast active in the bottle, rather than kegged.
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 08:37:46 AM »
I'd bottle it as well if I were you, provided the ABV isn't too high.  12-13% or so are probably as high as I'd go personally.  Definitely add some additional yeast at bottling time and plan on giving it some time in the bottle to properly carb up.
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 10:18:52 AM »
Bottle,  but counter pressure fill if it is really big as that will eliminate carbonation issues.

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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 11:49:36 AM »
Bottle it. I'm trying to finish a keg of BW and it's hard slow work.
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010, 01:13:54 PM »
Bottle. Then you can still find one in ten years time  ;)
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010, 01:30:00 PM »
thanks for the input guys i think i'll bottle it :)

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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2010, 09:26:10 AM »
Bottle it. I'm trying to finish a keg of BW and it's hard slow work.

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I will bottle most of my bwine, but put about a gal or so on tap using a 3 gal keg.
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2010, 09:45:27 AM »

Those who have done it - what's the preference for long term storage?

gasketed flip top, crown cap,cork, cap and cork?

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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2010, 10:08:14 AM »
Crown cap has been fine.
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2010, 05:07:37 PM »
I've usually seen cork & crown only on meads. And even there it's not necessary. A well crimped crown cap will last a loooong time.
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2010, 10:31:32 AM »
Bottle all the way with cap crown. But the cork does look nice.

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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2010, 11:18:07 AM »
Bottle,  but counter pressure fill if it is really big as that will eliminate carbonation issues.

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Good suggestion.  But, I wouldn't necessarily worry about counterpressure filling it.  The BEST barley wine I've ever had was a homebrewed BW that was in the bottle for 5 years, that another brewer made.  All of the carbonation was gone, but the beer was incredible.  For a really well aged and excellent barelywine, I don't think carbonation is too important. 
You could keg it, carbonate it, and bottle it from the keg on the cheap.  That's what I'd do, see!
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2010, 11:25:52 AM »
Bottle it. I'm trying to finish a keg of BW and it's hard slow work.

With anything over about 8% in kegs, I find that my productivity on other work around the house suffers.

Bottle it.
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Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2010, 05:52:36 PM »
I am planning on bottling for all the reasons above.....

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You could keg it, carbonate it, and bottle it from the keg on the cheap.  That's what I'd do, see!

Hmmmmm, interesting. How good an idea is this?
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