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Old 10-01-2017, 11:55 PM   #1
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Hi guys,
I'm about to start my second homebrew kit and looking for some advice regarding storage.
Basically,i spent quite a bit of time preparing for, and bottling my last batch. Now I'm wondering if it may be easier to just transfer to a pressure barrel instead.
My only issue though is that I have nowhere to store it cool(other than outside). I have no garage and my shed has no power.
I'm wondering if I can pressure barrel then may be transfer to a 5ltr jug to be able to chill before a planned night in? Or maybe some 5ltr mini kegs instead of pressure barrel?
How long will a kit form beer last in a barrel at room temp?
Still a newbie so not sure of all options
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Old 11-01-2017, 12:23 AM   #2
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Hi guys,
I'm about to start my second homebrew kit and looking for some advice regarding storage.
Basically,i spent quite a bit of time preparing for, and bottling my last batch. Now I'm wondering if it may be easier to just transfer to a pressure barrel instead.
My only issue though is that I have nowhere to store it cool(other than outside). I have no garage and my shed has no power.
I'm wondering if I can pressure barrel then may be transfer to a 5ltr jug to be able to chill before a planned night in? Or maybe some 5ltr mini kegs instead of pressure barrel?
How long will a kit form beer last in a barrel at room temp?
Still a newbie so not sure of all options
Thanks
Gaz
Gaz i bottle nearly every thing in glass 500ml and cider in 750 and 500mls, i also use the 5ltr mini kegs for Lager, bitter and IPA, They fit in the fridge and cost six quid each and hold the perfect amount, Those big plastic barrels are more trouble than there worth but that my opinion
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Old 11-01-2017, 01:53 PM   #3
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I have pressure barrels bottles and mini kegs and in my opinion it all comes down to how cold you want your beer I my self prefer mine just below room temp as I don't like really cold beer I have a out house which gets really cold and brought a mini keg in last weekend and was way too cold for my liking. At this time of year storing in a shed would be fine but a bit of a trip every time you want to refill your glass. Have read on the mini/easy keg post and go from there.


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Old 11-01-2017, 03:08 PM   #4
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It's definitely easier to keg - but on balance I think the bottling is worth it. Especially at first. The option to store bottles for a long time and go back to them, or share with your friends outweighs the pain for me.

I've always just bottled - but have the benefit of a cellar to keep it all in. Have recently upgraded to Cornelius/Keezer.. but this is a massively expensive and advanced option. Personally I'm not a fan of the pressure barrel... the finished product has never held up to a bottle from the same batch... have heard good things about mini-kegs though.
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What everyone is saying. It really depends on your lifestyle of drinking. And you'll see how you brew and drink will also change over time. Friends will realize you brew and come over more often causing you to have to switch your dispense capabilities to fit the need.
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The one big advantage bottles have over anything else is storage, you realistically can keep them just about anywhere and move the needed amount to the fridge or room the day before drinking them, the one big downside to this is the time needed in preparing them. I've 120 pints approaching bottling/kegging inside the next week or so, 33 pints of stout in a cornie the rest is all going to bottles
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How long will a kit form beer last in a barrel at room temp?
I see no reason why beer stored in a PB should not be OK for many weeks, provided you took the usual sanitising precautions when filling and don't allow it to 'cook' somewhere in the summer months. Same as bottles really.
I have just bought a 3rd PB, having had no problems with the previous two. Stout from a PB knocks the spots off a bottled stout as far as I'm concerned.
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Cheers chaps, plenty to think about there.
The last lot that I bottled went in the shed and I just fetched a few at least a few hours before drinking. As a rule I only drink Friday and Saturday evenings and would drink 3-4 bottles on each night so I'm thinking maybe 4 easy kegs would see me right(and ill bottle the last few). I like my beer cold but having nowhere cold to store a PB,the easy keg seems like a decent compromise.
Taking the time cleaning bottles, sterilising then bottling & capping seems a bit of a waste of time as ill have necked them within a month or so .
Do the easy kegs require a CO2 cartridge?
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Cheers chaps, plenty to think about there.
The last lot that I bottled went in the shed and I just fetched a few at least a few hours before drinking. As a rule I only drink Friday and Saturday evenings and would drink 3-4 bottles on each night so I'm thinking maybe 4 easy kegs would see me right(and ill bottle the last few). I like my beer cold but having nowhere cold to store a PB,the easy keg seems like a decent compromise.
Taking the time cleaning bottles, sterilising then bottling & capping seems a bit of a waste of time as ill have necked them within a month or so 😁.
Do the easy kegs require a CO2 cartridge?
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The easy kegs come with a tap at the bottom and a vent bung at the top which you just open when the pressure drops and close again once poured the mini kegs come with just a 2 piece bung and are used in conjunction with a party star tap which injects co2 in the keg to dispense the beer via the tap both can be used with this unless you have kegs bought from the supermarket with beer already in them though I believe not all of those types are reusable


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