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    Dumb keg question

    It's going to be -2 tomorrow. Would it be ok to leave a keg of beer outside for 5 or 6 hours or will it freeze?



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    I'd imagine that will freeze.


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    Re: Dumb keg question

    There is no such thing as a dumb keg question.

    I think it would be alright, although it might slush up a bit. It takes a long time for that volume to cool off. Remember the alcohol content makes it so it freezes at a lower temp than 32F.



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    Depends on the type of beer also, the higher the alcohol the colder it has to be to freeze. If you can put some blankets around it, it should be fine.



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    I would no recommend leaving it outside. When i was in College we did that and it got all slushy and nasty. Completely ruins it, and once the slush melts it taste like ****



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    Quote Originally Posted by herbicide View Post
    There is no such thing as a dumb keg question.

    I think it would be alright, although it might slush up a bit. It takes a long time for that volume to cool off. Remember the alcohol content makes it so it freezes at a lower temp than 32F.
    I'd usually agree with this, but in -2 degree temps, it doesn't take long for things to freeze, especially in a metal container.

    Where are you keeping it? Like, outside in the garage or outside in the elements? You might be fine in the garage, but outside exposed I think it will freeze.


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    Re: Dumb keg question

    Wont it sunk the beer in the keg? When beer gets frozen or real hot in cans is ruins the beer.



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    I'd usually agree with this, but in -2 degree temps, it doesn't take long for things to freeze, especially in a metal container.

    Where are you keeping it? Like, outside in the garage or outside in the elements? You might be fine in the garage, but outside exposed I think it will freeze.
    Good point.

    If its outside outside, put blankets around it or roll it into a snowbank and it will be fine.



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    I think I'll just keep it in the house to be safe. I could leave it in the garage but i don't think my garage will be over 20 with this weather.



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    Is the keg half gone? If so it will more than likely freeze. A full keg of beer has a better chance depending on how long it is out there, but at -2 it will freeze at some point. Beer will freeze at 28 degrees. The alcohol content of most american light beers is only 3.5 to 4 percent, so it doesn't take the freezing temperature down much. Either way I'd bring it in or it will taste like ****



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I think I'll just keep it in the house to be safe. I could leave it in the garage but i don't think my garage will be over 20 with this weather.
    I would almost guarantee it will be fine in a garage, especially an attached garage.

    I left cases of beer in the trunk of my car for overnight + a ride home from Dubuque a few weeks ago and they did not freeze. They were Belgian 6%+ beers though, and it was about this cold.

    You gotta remember the beer is under pressure, so that drops the freezing point even further.



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    Looks like the safest thing to do , to be sure, is just drink it now.



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    It will likely freeze, and if it does, that will ruin the beer.
    Though it's debatable if that's really possible with most adjunct lagers

    Even Coors light is only good at 34 degrees, haven't you seen the commercials?


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    Re: Dumb keg question

    I say we all just come over and drink it and then you won't need to worry about it freezing. I would pay of course.



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    Re: Dumb keg question

    I just checked my homebrew in the garage ( under the house) it froze in the secondary. I'll keg and drink it asap.



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