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Old 12-14-2010, 12:02 AM   #1
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So, my beer is cold inside the corny keg and ready for carbonation. So, I'm going to apply 12 psi and leave it alone for a couple of days as I was told. I figured I can control how much pressure I want by releasing the the air in the valve located in the gauge, but I'm not sure how I apply the pressure. Should I open the gas into the keg until the hissing sound stop and then close the valve (stop the flow of gas into the keg) or should I leave the valve feeding gas to the keg open all the time? I know this is a stupid question but I just don't know!

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Old 12-14-2010, 12:26 AM   #2
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You should leave the valve open at all times. It will take 5-7 days to carbonated, but it'll still be green for another few weeks. I usually just let my beers sit with the gas hooked up for 2-3 weeks before I attempt to taste them.

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Dial back your regulator screw til it feels loose. Hook up keg. Turn on valve on CO2 tank. Turn regulator screw til it reaches 12 psi. Leave it hooked up for a couple of weeks.

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Thanks guys! I left the gas flow to the keg open at 12 psi. I noticed this morning (after 8 hours) that the gauge is now showing 11 psi instead of 12. Is it normal to loose a little bit of pressure as the beer gets colder inside the keg and the gas mix with the liquid, or should I be concerned about the keg not holding pressure? I got the keg at keg connection, reconditioned.

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That's fine, just bump it back to 12 psi. Congrats on not having a leaking system!

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That's fine, just bump it back to 12 psi. Congrats on not having a leaking system!
Thanks. I think I will just leave it at 11 psi if it stabilizes there. I was planning to carbonate it at 10-12 psi, but set up 12 initially as if I was anticipating the drop.

I'm just glad I'm kegging now, although I don't completely plan to give up bottling.
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I force carb my kegged beer, as I'm less patient....30 psi for 36 hours, then dial back to 12 for 2-3 days, then back to 10psi to serve....Perfectly carbed in ~5 days.

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I force carb my kegged beer, as I'm less patient....30 psi for 36 hours, then dial back to 12 for 2-3 days, then back to 10psi to serve....Perfectly carbed in ~5 days.
How do you then control how much carbonation you want?

I like different CO2 volumes for different beer styles, so Beersmith help me to determine how much steady pressure I need to apply to the Keg.
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There are 'force carb' calc's out there, you put in your co2 volumes and temp, it will tell you psi and how long.

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There are 'force carb' calc's out there, you put in your co2 volumes and temp, it will tell you psi and how long.
I have yet to see a calculator (online or software) that brings the information of "how long" to force carb a beer.

I also force carb and most people kegging does the same! The reason I used 10-12 psi was that my beer was already refrigerated and that's all need to accomplish 2.2 volumes of CO2 in a refrigerated beer.

I suspect you are using 30 psi for 36 hours in a beer that is at room or at Ale-fermenting temps then adjusting it to 10-12 psi after 36 hours when it has already reached cool temps inside the kegerator. If you do that, you are not speeding up the process at all. Forced carbonation does not mean carbonating it faster, it just means artificial carbonation with CO2 as opposed to natural carbonation using sugar. More details here: http://www.beersmith.com/kegging_basics.htm

If you really want to speed up artificial carbonation, then there is the crank and shake method (http://www.makinghomebrew.com/keggin...bonating-beer/).
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