Wound up with just under 5G of my latest APA for a party for one of my best friends, a vet who got home from AFG after being there for a year.
The party was at my brother’s house in Maryland. Drove there Friday night with the keg. Granted, I had pulled about 2.5 pints the night before, along with about a pint’s worth of samples, and a 64 oz growler that I am saving for this weekend. So about 7 pints, or 3/4 gallon were gone before we started.
I think I also lost at least a few pints to ‘sludgy’ beer (ie I’d let it settle in the cold, the first pint or so was yeasty/sediment-y). My friend and I probably had 2-3 pints/12oz’s each on Friday night, plus his kids each had one.
The next day (day of the party), my brother had a pint for breakfast, then another while we were setting up. Poured a pint for two of my brothers, my friend and myself to kick the day off (though my one brother had already had 1-2). Set the keg up outside, each had another pint or a few, and we were getting ready for people to come over (expected about 30 people).
After what seemed like about a half hour later, before anyone arrived, the keg blew. GONE! Now we had to drink Coors Light for the rest of the day, as that’s what my brother bought for all the college kids that would be there.
On one hand, the people that I wanted to get the good beer got it, with a few exceptions. The reality is, I knew we were going to be drinking all day, I should have rolled in there with at least 2 kegs, especially if I wanted everyone to have some. But man, I figured 2 CASES worth of beer would be plenty. I guess people drink quicker if its draft. Also, I will be cold crashing and gelling for at least 2 days on every beer now, especially the good ones, as I lost way too much to sediment.