Is it okay to keep kegs warm?

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Is it okay to keep kegs warm?

Post by jmbingham » 7 years ago

Just curious, I'm up to three kegs so far and my freezer will hold two .Is it ok to switch the kegs out from time to time. Just concerned about taking a keg that's at about 35 to 75 deg. Will it harm the beer?
I guess i could just drink faster :lol:

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Post by hashie » 7 years ago

Wont hurt it in the slightest Jim.

swap away :)
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Post by jmbingham » 7 years ago

Thanks Hashie
that's what I was thinking but wasn't 100% sure

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Post by hashie » 7 years ago

Lots of people say that it will lose carbonation as it warms up, but I think it's a load of crap.

Theoretically, it will lose carbonation as it warms, but the co2 coming out of suspension has nowhere to go because it is in a sealed container (keg).

So any co2 that comes out of suspension when it is warmed will be held in the head space of the keg and re-absored when it is chilled.
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Post by jimmysuperlative » 7 years ago

Just backing up what hashie is saying ...as long as you keep a positive pressure on the keg, your beer will be fine until next time you chill it down and serve it.
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Post by PistolPatch » 7 years ago

About three years ago I transported two kegs across Australia
(Gold Coast to Sydney to Perth) during summer over a period of a month. I expected them to both be undrinkable as the temperature in my van often got to over 50 C.

On arriving in Perth, I tried the lager first and couldn't believe it actually tasted great!!! Full of confidence, I then tasted the ale and nearly died. I have no idea why I didn't stop and smell it first :?.

In hindsight, I suspect that what the guys above are saying is true. Perhaps the lager keg retained its pressure whilst the ale keg may have had a leak?

I'm certainly glad I didn't throw the beer out before I left QLD as this "experiment" was quite most surprising.

Give it a bash and see how you go!
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Post by NME » 7 years ago

The same can be said for bottles right?? So long as they are stored properly?
I'm always a bit touchy about buying warm/cold beers from the bottle shop depending on what I'm going to do with them.

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Post by mordantly » 6 years ago

long term storage above 65F will cause a delta shelf life decrease! it has happened to me with kegs only lasting a few months, then near the end taste leaning towards not so tasty. try not to swap warm-cold-warm-cold a bunch of times either.
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