Originally Posted by Twofox
Didn't see any clear answers to this so here goes.
Per a friend, I set the keg at 30psi (it's at about 70F) and then unhooked the tank. That should take about a week to carb right?
It loses about 5 psi per day when I check it by hooking up the regulator to the keg with the tank off. Is that c02 being absorbed by the beer?
Once it's carb'd it will sit for a few weeks before the campout I'm taking it to. Do I just put a few lbs on it and let it sit or what?
Ok, now let's do them one by one. If you unhooked the tank, the beer will NEVER carb. So, hook it back up and leave it at 30 psi at room temperature for three weeks. Then it will be carbed.
The reason you're "losing" the co2 is because it is being absorbed by the beer. That's what you want to happen.
After it's carbed up, you can either leave it on the gas (I would) or if there aren't any leaks, you can take it off of the gas.
Remember, if you carb the keg and room temperature and then chill it, you may have some foaming issues. Are you going to chill the keg the day you serve it?