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Old 08-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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I just converted my cider fridge into a kegarator. My major motivation in doing this was my inconsistant results with trying for a light carbonation of my ciders.

I've found that when I pressurize the two kegs I have to between 10-12 PSI as instructed by the manual, my taps pour my ciders fine but there is little to no carbonation.

Am I doing something wrong or does the cider have to have the carbonation in place before I transfer them to kegs?

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Old 08-16-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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How long do you wait between pressurizing and pouring? The carbonation won't be instant, but will take a week or two for the liquid to absorb the CO2, thus leading to bubbles!

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Old 08-16-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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The cider should be cold to take the CO2. Then put your 10-12 psi on and wait. In about a week you should start noticing decent carbonation Might be 10-12 days until you hit the peak carbonation for that pressure. The colder it is, the easier it takes carbonation.

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Yep, CO2 takes time to get into solution. You must wait, grasshopper.

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Also you have to balance your lines, and adjust your psi to your i.d. of your line and length of your run. Once you have the carbonation to where you want it you have to keep it there by balancing your lines. There are a lot of resources for the calculations out there.

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Awesome guys! I will try to be patient.

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Also you have to balance your lines, and adjust your psi to your i.d. of your line and length of your run. Once you have the carbonation to where you want it you have to keep it there by balancing your lines. There are a lot of resources for the calculations out there.

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Sounds like it makes sense but I'm not sure how I would balance my lines. What's that about?
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Sounds like it makes sense but I'm not sure how I would balance my lines. What's that about?
Figuring out the right pressure to keep carbonation in your beer, based on the lines, and also to serve it proprely
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Cider is very different than beer. You will need quite a but more carbonation than beer for it to feel "carbonated". At least that is my experience. I needed about 20 psi to feel and taste right.

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Figuring out the right pressure to keep carbonation in your beer, based on the lines, and also to serve it proprely
So is it better to have shorter lines? I could and probably should shorten mine quite a bit. It would definitely make for less clutter.
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