How long can beer be kept in 5gal keg?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:05 pm

Hey all, I've resisted brewing lately because I haven't been going through the beer that quickly and I only keg. How long can beer be kept in a 5 gal keg stored in the basement? Basement is usually around 62-68 degrees.

I have 4 kegs, and a dual tap keggerator. I miss the brewing but don't want to over brew and have to toss any of that liquid gold....

Any thoughts...other than bottling? Though that may be an option...one I'm not too fond of.

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Re: How long can beer be kept in 5gal keg?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:23 pm

I've had beers in kegs well over a year with no ill effects.


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Re: How long can beer be kept in 5gal keg?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:29 pm

Excellent. I'll have to start brewing again!

Do you force carbonate first, or just to top it off with CO2, to prevent any nasties?
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Re: How long can beer be kept in 5gal keg?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:42 pm

I've got some barleywine that's almost 2 years old in kegs... it certainly keeps. Though I find it's best to keep it cool.

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Re: How long can beer be kept in 5gal keg?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:48 pm

The colder you can keep it, the better it will last. As I type, I'm drinking a Wee Heavy right now that I kegged in November 2010. Keep in mind that some styles will keep better than others. It doesn't really need to be carbonated, but I would recommend keeping it pressurized.

I will also say that a beer gun is a great investment to aid in emptying kegs.
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Re: How long can beer be kept in 5gal keg?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:52 am

BrewMaster of Gozer wrote:Excellent. I'll have to start brewing again!

Do you force carbonate first, or just to top it off with CO2, to prevent any nasties?


I think either way would work, but I always carb mine as soon as I keg them.....that way, I know it's ready to drink, when I want to drink it!!!! Ands they are stored cold, either in my kegorator, or in one of my 3 fridges.


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Re: How long can beer be kept in 5gal keg?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:25 am

Depends on the beer and the temperature. Stronger, malt-forward beers will keep better even at cellaring temps. Hoppy ales, not so much. Obviously, the colder the better. As long as it is not below freezing :D. I found a keg in my basement of a tripel that was 2 years old. I brought it up to my chest freezer and enjoyed it for another year!
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Re: How long can beer be kept in 5gal keg?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:16 am

Definately buy more kegs! :aaron
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