Packaging

Draft Carbonation - Modified Slam/Shake vs. Gradual Carbonation

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It's happened to us all - too many kegs, not enough time left to "properly" carbonate your beer before it needs to be served. Who knows, maybe you have a party or club meeting. Maybe you just need a beer, damnit. 

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Does a modified slam and shake method result in a beer observably different than one done by the longer sit and wait methodology?

The Great Purge - Does a Full Liquid Purge of a Keg Protect Hop Aroma Better

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It's time to test out the validity of another of Drew's favorite techniques - keg purging.

Breweries spend a lot of time worrying over removing as much oxygen possible from their packages (bottles/kegs). Why? It's pretty well established both in tradition and science that oxygen is destructive to beer flavor and aroma pretty quickly. So packaging brewers do everything they can to reduce O2 levels after their intial injection of oxygen post chilling. 

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Does purging a keg with CO2 protect hop aroma over time compared to an unpurged keg.
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