Conditioning in a Polypin / mini cask

A forum to discuss the various ways of getting beer into your glass.
Post Reply
User avatar
Bad 'Ed
Piss Artist
Posts: 166
Joined: Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:35 pm
Location: North Yorkshire

Conditioning in a Polypin / mini cask

Post by Bad 'Ed » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:50 am

I'm about to decant a beer into a Polypin and a mini cask for the first time. I usually follow the standard conditioning process of waiting until fermentation has completely finished, mixing the conditioning sugar in a bottling bucket, bottling and then leaving it to condition for another week or two.

Is that the same process one should follow for polypins? I plan on keeping the pressure to the same as cask ale, I assume there's nothing else I need to consider other than how much sugar to put in to get the required volume?

I know that real breweries don't ferment out and recondition. I'm assuming that's just because they're more confident in their processes and, perhaps more pertinently, need the vessel for the next brew already.
Never enough time...

User avatar
Cobnut
Piss Artist
Posts: 255
Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:23 pm
Location: Ipswich
Contact:

Re: Conditioning in a Polypin / mini cask

Post by Cobnut » Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:06 pm

I've not used a polypin for beer before, but I have used 5L mini-kegs (re-used the ones from Adnams and the like).

Don't over-prime.

I've used 10-12g white sugar and that gives plenty of condition.

Note that I usually ferment out, rather than trying to stop a couple of points before predicted FG.
Fermenting: Schonramer Helles clone
Conditioning: London Porter
Drinking: Banks's Bitter clone, SMASH Keeping Ale (Chevallier, First Gold, Voss Kveik), Haflinger (rather odd weizenbock), 'Ol 'Enry Brut IPA, Cherry Chocolate Dubbel Trubbel, A Galaxy Far, Far Away Black IPA (or maybe it's an American Stout?), Quickie Voss Kveik IPA, Make American Stout Great Again, Amarillo Golden ale, Summer ale, Quick German Pilsner
Planning: Sussex Bitter, Dunkelweizen

User avatar
Dennis King
Telling everyone Your My Best Mate
Posts: 4187
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:52 pm
Location: Pitsea Essex

Re: Conditioning in a Polypin / mini cask

Post by Dennis King » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:25 pm

I use 20lt polypins. Most beers will I just leave for around 3 weeks and they beer will prime naturally as they condition. If the pin was not started to expand after 2 weeks I will add about 70gms of priming sugar.

User avatar
Bad 'Ed
Piss Artist
Posts: 166
Joined: Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:35 pm
Location: North Yorkshire

Re: Conditioning in a Polypin / mini cask

Post by Bad 'Ed » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:06 pm

When do you put them in the pins Dennis? I assume you ferment somewhere else and then transfer into the pins when at or close to FG?
Never enough time...

User avatar
Dennis King
Telling everyone Your My Best Mate
Posts: 4187
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:52 pm
Location: Pitsea Essex

Re: Conditioning in a Polypin / mini cask

Post by Dennis King » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:22 pm

I tend to ferment for around 10 days and always check the gravity before transfering. Most seem to finish around 1.012 give or take the odd point.

TheSumOfAllBeers
Lost in an Alcoholic Haze
Posts: 666
Joined: Tue May 05, 2015 11:21 am

Re: Conditioning in a Polypin / mini cask

Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:41 pm

10g priming into the 5L casks, and maybe 20-40 into the polypin - dont overprime.

You can get a great pint of real ale that way, but its worth putting a rigid frame around the poly while it is conditioning.

Lanky94
Tippler
Posts: 19
Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:58 pm

Re: Conditioning in a Polypin / mini cask

Post by Lanky94 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:14 pm


Post Reply