Keg Conditioning

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  1. emsroth

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    My brew schedule was unfortunately delayed by 2 weeks, so I am thinking I'll whip up a nice Dark Mild this weekend for a quick brew day.

    Two questions:

    1. I normally fly sparge, but I've read with low abv, delicate beers it's best to no-sparge. Does anyone know about no-sparge efficiency?

    2. I am thinking I would love the soft, delicate carbonation of "cask" conditioning. I've read that keg conditioning requires less sugar than bottle conditioning. Does anyone have experience with keg conditioning?
     
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    I always fly sparge. it just insures your getting all the sugar off
     
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    Local Mild beers here were always sparged. Carbonation in Cask beers is dependent on the type of vessel you carbonate in, a polypin - plastic barrel with bottom tap - requires about 60 / 70 grams of sugar per 20 lits. a bit high at first but as the headspace increases the carbonation will drop to the point where you need to top up the co2 via the S30 tap to draw a pint anyway. Most polypins leak co2 I've found. If you plan to Corny Keg the beer then you will need less sugar.
    Cheers
     
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    Thanks a bunch!
     
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    True.... But batch sparging generally works well enough. Just be careful not to sparge too much and extract astringency - the gravity of your runnings should never go below 1.008. This is not a problem with batch sparging. As to the cask conditioning, low carbonation and freshness should do the job there. Keg conditioning does require less sugar - you're getting quite a bit of your carbonation from the CO2 pressure where we bottle conditioners have to develop all the gas in the bottle.
     
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    My thoughts on keg conditioning is the time my beer spends In the keg untill I consume it all:p.
     
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