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Old 09-13-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Force carbing noobe questions :)

I just force carbed my brown ale a few minuts ago, I had chilled it over night and decided to force carb the beast...

Cranked my psi to 30 and rocked for a full 15 mins...

I bupbed the keg completly and dialed back down to 14 psi wich is the right PSI for the beer...

Should I have waited before burping or is it ok like that ?

Some vids on youtube say let it sit at 30 psi over night ...

What do you guys do ?

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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Just poured me
A half glass of beer/foam gonna wait till tomorrow my guage is at 14/15 psi right where I want it to be

Can my beer have altered taste because of the mess inside the keg ? I find that the carmel flavors are not as present as before carbing ??

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:46 AM   #3
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It's better to use the set and forget. I tried the shake, and the over carb, and it's not good.

Depending on your line length and temp, you'll end up pouring half beer/foam the whole time. You also run the risk of over carbing the beer and it being a mess too.

Shaking it also worked up all the crap that settled out in the cold, back into solution for a bit. It needs to settle down.

Next time, set it to the amount you need to carb and leave it be. I generally see it carbed up within 5-6 days max to the level I want. Shaking it and doing all that junk really only saves 1 day, and I don't end up beating my beer to death with shaking and rousing all the particulate that made it over when I racked to it.

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input

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If you just HAVE to have a taste, get some PET bottles and a couple of carbonator caps.

It's a bit easier to shake a 1 or 2 liter bottle than a 5 gallon keg.

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I tried a few different methods when I first started kegging. Shaking it for a while, setting it to a very high pressure for a few days then backing down, and finally settled on what FATC1TY said. Set it at serving pressure, forget about it for about a week, and your beer will be perfect.

Yes, all the other methods work, but over carbing isn't the best method as you will end up with a lot of foam initially and if you shake it around, then you have to wait a day or two anyway for everything to fall out. Once you get the pipeline going, set it and forget it works best for me.

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I have great luck with 30 psi for 36 hours at 33 degrees. Then I kill the gas, purge the keg, set at serving pressure, turn the gas back on, and go. I never used to believe you could carb beer that quickly, but...it works. The colder you can get your beer, the easier it will absorb CO2.

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Shaking it also worked up all the crap that settled out in the cold, back into solution for a bit. It needs to settle down.
Given that the dip tube draws beer from the bottom of the keg, not the top, wouldn't any particulates that settle to the bottom get drawn out with the first few glasses of beer anyway? Just wondering, as I haven't done this yet.
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A while back I read here or another forum to try 30 psi for 24 hours, then 20 psi for 24 hours than 10-12 psi for 48 hours and I've used that for months with 90% good results. Naturally, different beers require different amounts of gas but for the most part, I'm sticking with this method. In 4 days I can have very drinkable beer. In 5-6, it's perfect.

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I have great luck with 30 psi for 36 hours at 33 degrees. Then I kill the gas, purge the keg, set at serving pressure, turn the gas back on, and go. I never used to believe you could carb beer that quickly, but...it works. The colder you can get your beer, the easier it will absorb CO2.
Yes, I've done that too, with good results. The only difference is that my kegerator is at 40 degrees.

The key with that working is NOT shaking/agitating/etc because that causes some foaming (picture shaking a soda) as well as can overcarb the beer. Set the beer in the kegerator, hook it up, and walk away for 36 hours. After 36 hours, purge and reset at 12 psi and keep it there.

Of course, just hooking it up at 12 psi and leaving it totally alone means carbed up beer in about a week, and gives it some time to clear (get rid of chill haze) and condition a bit.

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Given that the dip tube draws beer from the bottom of the keg, not the top, wouldn't any particulates that settle to the bottom get drawn out with the first few glasses of beer anyway? Just wondering, as I haven't done this yet.
Yes, but not if you move or agitate the keg. It just resuspends in there, and takes longer to settle out so that more glasses of beer will have some sediment in it. If you shake the keg, the co2 (nucleation sites) will "hold up" the sediment longer, and can impact head retention. It will take much longer to clear if shaken.
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