I brewed my first beer, Caribou Slobber, on Feb 17th.
I did transfer to secondary per the instructions at end of two weeks and am about 1.5 weeks into the secondary. The kit says 2-4 weeks in the secondary and I was wondering if it is ok to keg it now?
We have a kegerator in the office and are between normal full-size kegs so it is a good time to get it in there. So my question is should I keg it now, or should I be patient and give it a few more weeks?
And, if I keg it now, and force carbonate for a day or two, should it be drinkable at that time or should I let it sit for another week or two?
I thought I could be patient with this, but I’m just too excited, and, well, we’re out of beer at work too!
Did you take a FG reading to confirm fermentation is complete??? If so I see no issues with kegging now. I kegged a little over 3 wks when I first brewed Caribou Slobber and it was tasting just fine.
It will take more than 2-3 days to carbonate if you use the “set it and forget it” method. More likely 2 weeks.
The time in the keg can also be called your secondary.
Like Nate mentioned, transfer the beer when it is ready. Not by the calendar. Though 2 weeks is a good time line to allow the yeast to clean up any byproducts of fermentation they made. But 1st you should know if you have reached a sufficient final gravity.
You cabn be carbed and ready to go in 2 days. This is my method.
Rack beer to keg and seal @ 30 psi. (Do not shake keg)
Put in kegerator and let sit for 2 days @ 30 psi.
After 48 hours, turn of the gas.
Purge gas out of keg.
Turn gas back on to serving pressure.
You should be good to go.
Works like a charm,
My SG reading after 2 weeks in primary was 1.016. Took another last night and was the same.
So I kegged it last night.
Thanks for the feedback.