Posts Tagged ‘secondary conditioning’

kegging steam beer

Friday, November 6th, 2009

kegging in action

last weekend I kegged the steam beer that was in primary.

  • I use about 3g of corn sugar, which I just dump in a sanitized keg before racking my beer into it (I used to boil it w/some water, but I found no negative effects after making the switch).
  • I keg condition using secondary fermentation instead of force carbonating for a few reasons – I believe it adds some tangible “character” to my beers, it is easy to do (not that force carbing isn’t), and it saves a ton of CO2.
  • I don’t secondary before kegging since all my sediment/trub collects near the dip tube anyway.  once I hook up my keg i just dump the first pint or two and then my beer is clear as day.
  • I checked out the results of primary fermentation, and was stoked – great color and no discernible off flavors!  looks like my SF shed did its job keeping temps reasonable.
  • the keg is carbing up in the shed as we speak, and I will likely lager it in my kegerator for a week or two before serving.

top view of kegging

finished product

uncarbed steam beer