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Old 03-22-2011, 09:38 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I was day dreaming today at work and I had a thought: Is it possible to "carbonate" beer via a method similar to force carbonation, with a gas other than CO2?

This would obviously be a gimmick, but perhaps it would be a cool way to get a different effect than regular carbonation. For example, nitrogen is added to draught Guiness to get the smaller bubbles.

Some key considerations would be that:

- The gas would have to be non-toxic, obviously
- The gas would have to be water soluble

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Old 03-22-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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Lol! HELIUM!

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Without getting techincal Helium is close to not soluble in water.

Edit: And nitrogen is really only added to stouts because it is not very soluble and allows you to crank up the serving pressure without increasing carbonation. The bubbles are formed from forcing the beer with high pressure through little holes and not from dissolved Nitrogen

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Nitrous oxide might make for a fun beer

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How about oxygen? I mean, we all need oxygen anyway, right!

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If you used Neon would it glow?

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Methane. Your beer farts when you crack it open.

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I make an IPA bubbled up with carbon monoxide. It's killer.

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Oxygen would wreck the beer, nitrogen and argon are not very soluble.

I can't think of a good one.

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Oxygen would wreck the beer, nitrogen and argon are not very soluble.

I can't think of a good one.
REALLY?!?!? Thanks Captain Obvious!!!
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