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Old 08-13-2008, 01:43 AM   #1
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Ok here's the situation. I have a beer that has been in the kegerator for more than a month now, under about 15 to 18 psi, and it has little to no carbonation. I have put it under pressure and shaken it until it couldn't take any more and then left it under pressure in the kegerator. The beer is cold...I'm at a complete loss...this is the second kegged beer I've had this issue with. Any thoughts please.

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Old 08-13-2008, 01:47 AM   #2
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this is the second kegged beer I've had this issue with. Any thoughts please.
My guess would be bad regulator or bad gauge ... ie. you are not actually putting 15-18 psi in the keg.
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:55 AM   #3
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My guess would be bad regulator or bad gauge ... ie. you are not actually putting 15-18 psi in the keg.
I actually just recently changed out the gauges and had the reg. checked out. It's definatly getting the CO2. I perged the keg a short while ago, hooked it up, and poored a glass. It has some carbonation but not what it should. I should have about 2 volumes in there right now but there is now way I have that.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:22 AM   #5
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i think he probably just means the tap.

when did you change the guages and check the reg. maybe the guages were a problem before but you haven't let it take it's time now that they're fixed. shake it up again and try it.

you either had a leak or something was reading incorrectly.

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Old 08-13-2008, 02:36 AM   #6
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I'd say if the beer is cold (which it probably is), just crank the gas to 30PSI and then begin taste testing every 12 hours. (No more shaking)

I use the 30PSI x 36 hours routine for my carbonation all the time.

Maybe your regulator is just not reading correctly at the 15(ish) range.

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Why are you purging and unhooking the keg? I'm not understanding that part- sorry!
It was at 17 psi, I vented it to decrease the pressure in the keg to get it to a serving pressure a before I drank it.

I'm going to give you a complete rundown of the whole process

July 4th - kegged the beer and chilled it
July 6th - once cooled I put 15psi on the keg and shook and repressurized until the it would not take any CO2...I then put the keg into the kegerator and let it sit connected to the CO2 tank at 15psi

I've increased the pressure up to 18psi and have tried weekly...but no significant carbonation.


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hook it up to 25 psi for 3 days or do what BierMuncher said. just stop shaking the damn thing and let it do work

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Don't overfill your kegs. The CO2 needs some headspace to work its magic. That's why I overfill, then systematically begin drinking the beer after a few days...to provide more headspace.


I think you'll find this method works.

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I'm wondering if the tank isn't full of oxygen. What color is it?

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