Beer kegs are one of the best inventions in the world, for someone fond of drinking beers. As a modern-day barrel, beer kegs are one of the best options to transport the golden liquor to parties and occasions that needs celebration. Besides, people who don’t like dealing with bottles and cans, as well as craft beer enthusiasts, use kegs to store their liquor.
Just like the barrels, the modern-day keg can store gallons of beer and make them good for quite a long time. If things get wrong in the storage process, everything else will go wrong with it. If you don’t want a foamy and tasteless beer, you should focus on getting your kegs cold as best as possible.
Ideal situation: keeping the beer fresh
How to keep the beer fresh? (keeping oxygen out and keeping the right temperature)
There are two important factors to consider when it comes to keeping the beer as good as possible for a longer period: oxygen and temperature. Keeping the oxygen and temperature level will keep the beer from losing quality and getting foamy.
How does it work?
Getting the temperature above 55°F will make bacteria go faster, spoiling the beer. If the temperature is too low, the beer will freeze and will not be drinkable at any time. Meanwhile, oxygen can make it stale and flavorless, which is not what we want for our beers.
How long does beer keg remain cold?
When it comes to beer storage, there’s really no specific way to know how a certain brew will last in a keg. This is especially true for craft beers, which has different styles and brewing methods. On average, a pasteurized beer is safe to be assumed as “good” for only 3 to 4 months. If you’re brewing your beer recipe, you might have to learn from personal experience.
Drinking a spoiled beer is not recommended ever, that’s why it’s essential to keep it as fresh as possible. Please take note that the beer’s shelf life starts deteriorating the day you transfer it to the keg. You need to make sure that the keg is cold and less oxygenated while in storage is possible with these easy steps.
- Using the right keg pump
Although the shelf life of a keg starts to deteriorate during keg transfer, the pump plays a big role in how fast it will spoil. Cheap pumps (called a picnic pump, keg tap, or party pump) are great pumps, but only if you’re to consume the beer within 12 to 24 hours. These air pumps introduce oxygen in the beer, which is a big no-no for storing beers. If you’re storing kegs with keg pumps attached, keg couplers are recommended, since these couplers use Nitrogen or Carbon Dioxide to pump the beer without originating it. It also helps in cooling the keg.
- Use insulated keg bags
Are you transporting a beer keg to a long distance place? You can’t just put the keg into your car and drive away because the road doesn’t have a consistent temperature. A good solution is to use insulated keg bags to keep your keg cool during the transport. Fill the bag with enough amount of ice before using it. Put the keg inside, and you’re ready to go.
- Keep a good storage setup
There’s a reason why a lot of liquor enthusiasts store their beers in the cellar. Not only because it has a cooler temperature, but because the temperature is consistent throughout the room. If you’re storing your beer in a cellar or at any space (with constant temperature), get a decently spacious room. This is to make sure that mobility is not an issue (you don’t want to bump into kegs or play the maze inside the storage). Keep your inventory sorted, and use
- Submerging the keg in ice
A very popular way of conserving the keg’s temperature is refrigerating them. Chilling a keg in the refrigerator is quite a challenge since you cannot use conventional refrigerators as they were too small. The best remedy is by submerging the beer in ice on any tub or closed containers. Use 4-6 ice bags to maintain the coldness of your keg.
- Don’t let the light come in
Have you ever wondered why liquor bottles often use green or brown colored ones and not clear? This is because light can affect the quality of the beer, similar to what heat does. That’s why the basement or garages are popular choices for storing beer because these locations are not exposed to outside factors. Use spaces that are not disturbed by any lighting. And remember to maintain the pressure at around 10-12 psi. Do all of these, and you’re all set up for your beer storage.