The Advantages of Kegging Your Beer

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Beer ranks among America’s favorite beverages, and it is served at most social entertainment events. Some people are so passionate about the brewski that they have learned to brew their own batches from their basements or garages. While home-brewing is a very cool skill to learn, storing beer properly is another important skill to pick up. The following are some of the major advantages of kegging beer over bottling it.

1) Easy cleaning

Throwing a big house party is a ton of fun, but the aftermath could turn out to be a complete disaster. Cleaning up after partying all night can be a very exhausting experience. If you want to make your job just that much easier, get kegs for your party instead of cans or bottles. Especially if you are a basement brewer, a keg will save you a lot of time since you only need to wash and dry a steel keg or two and all of the tubing. If you bottle your beers, you will likely want to keep all of the bottles for later since it isn’t exactly inexpensive to discard each one after using. Cleaning 50 beer bottles is a very time consuming chore, and it could be spent brewing instead.

2) Lowered yeast sediment

Yeast can settle at the bottom of bottled beers and stay there. Those beers will usually have a murky appearance and yeasty taste to them that many people find unappetizing because extra CO2 forms in the bottle. It is always a good idea to pour bottles into a glass for better taste, but most people don’t do that because it is inconvenient. Fortunately, kegged beer rarely ever has this problem.

3) Customized portions

If you have ever thrown a house party, you know that you’re going to find plenty of half-drank beers laying around everywhere. You will probably find yourself thinking that you should’ve never invited all those people because they wasted all that beer and money. Well, maybe if you gave them smaller portions, there wouldn’t be any leftovers. Kegs allow you to dispense as much booze as you would like, or as little as you might want. This makes it very easy for people to get just what they want and no more. If you are very protective of your brew, you could decide to play bartender and pump the keg yourself to serve your guests. That way, nobody can man the keg controls and take advantage of your liquid gold.

4) Adjustable carbonation levels

Just like flat sodas, flat beers are not very appetizing. If you crack open a can or bottle to find that it has lost much of its carbonation, there is nothing more you can really do. Shaking the container will not help very much either. With kegs, you can increase or decrease carbonation levels and lock it into the keg. Depending on your personal preferences, you could have more or less than the typical amount in your beer and not have to worry about the gas dissipating. If you choose, you could decide to fill your bottles from the keg to get the perfect amount of fizz every time.

5) Versatile equipment

Not only will the hoses allow you to dispense beer from your keg, all of that tubing could also help you during the brewing process. If you ever need to transfer beer or pre-beer from one large container or another, you could use pressure to vacuum the contents of one container to the other. When made in large batches, it is sometimes impossible to physically lift and dump the beer into a second container. The kegging gear will be very useful for pressurized transfers and more.

6) Better conditioning

Kegged beer can rest at cool temperatures while being preserved under CO2 for extended periods of time. This allows it to age properly and develop a fuller taste. Kegging allows the beer to mature to its full potential with time, and this provides much bolder and delicious flavor.

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