how long will a tapped keg stay good?

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by bonez05404, Oct 6, 2012.

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  1. bonez05404

    bonez05404 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I have a dual tap kegorator and ive tapped 1 sixtel at a time fearing i wont drink 2 sixtels before it starts to fade.
    1 sixtel can take me close to 3 months to kick....i know i know, i should drink faster... I feel ashamed that i have yet to use its full capacity!

    With that said, and figuring different styles stay better longer, how long do you think these styles will last:
    Ipa
    Barleywine
    Imperial stout

    Would love to tap an ipa and a big stout.
     
  2. commis

    commis Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2009 Massachusetts

    Tapping a keg doesn't affect its shelf life if your system in working properly. Tap them.
    This has been covered several times here. Search the forum and you'll quickly find a plethora of information.
    Cheers
     
  3. KJR

    KJR Initiate (0) May 2, 2012

    I have had beer in mine for several months. it is still fresh. the key is to keep oxygen out.
     
  4. brownswisscow

    brownswisscow Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 Vermont

    only thing to maybe be concerned with is 'freshness' of an IPA. the beer will stay good as long as you keep out the CO2
     
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  5. mikehartigan

    mikehartigan Aspirant (290) Apr 9, 2007 Illinois

    I think you meant to keep in the CO2. You need to keep out the O2.
     
  6. brownswisscow

    brownswisscow Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 Vermont

    Whoops, I meant keep out the O2 - good catch :)
     
  7. GoldenChild

    GoldenChild Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2009 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    as long as your not using a hand pump you will be perfectly fine.
     
  8. barls

    barls Initiate (145) Nov 15, 2006 Australia

    i find they run out first before going bad.
     
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