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paraordnance 11-18-2010 05:15 PM

Force carbing 2 kegs at same time
 
Only have 1 regulator, 1 gas line and 5# bottle of CO2 but have 2 beers already kegged and one more coming up in a week :( Almost too much beer at once (if there is such a thing). Can I give a shot of 30 psi in one keg, disconect from CO2 bottle and leave it for 36 hours while other keg is hooked up @ 12 psi for a week or so?
I'm planning on getting T or X connector evenually to add more lines, I just have not sourced parts yet and beer is waiting

david_42 11-18-2010 05:46 PM

You have to keep the CO2 connected until the beer is carbonated, one shot at 30 psi won't do the trick. You could shake force the first one. Takes about 15 minutes.

lostboysbrew 11-18-2010 06:22 PM

force 2 kegs with 5# all the time.........fill the kegs.....pressure them to 30psi to seal them...........then choose one, put it on 30 psi, shake it for 60-90 seconds and let sit under 30psi for an hour......then relieve pressure to about 10-15 psi........

then switch the gas line to the other keg and repeat the process........once carbed, keep under 15psi pressure until serving, then drop it to your pouring pressure.....i have done this process everytime, and it works perfectly every time......

worst case is if i get to tapping keg #2 and its a little light on CO2, i hook it up and let it sit at 30 psi for an hour or so then bring it back down, works great.......

deanfootlong 11-18-2010 06:37 PM

why not just get a splitter and hit both of them with 30 for a day or two. then drop down and serve them both when they are both equally carbed?

paraordnance 11-18-2010 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lostboysbrew (Post 2415056)
force 2 kegs with 5# all the time.........fill the kegs.....pressure them to 30psi to seal them...........then choose one, put it on 30 psi, shake it for 60-90 seconds and let sit under 30psi for an hour......then relieve pressure to about 10-15 psi........

then switch the gas line to the other keg and repeat the process........once carbed, keep under 15psi pressure until serving, then drop it to your pouring pressure.....i have done this process everytime, and it works perfectly every time......

worst case is if i get to tapping keg #2 and its a little light on CO2, i hook it up and let it sit at 30 psi for an hour or so then bring it back down, works great.......

Great, I just on the way to pick up my first CO2 fill and will do "shake-and-bake" cheating method :D for one of the kegs. Actually one batch of Pilsner I have in a keg is somewhat naturally carbed with priming sugar, its just not carbonated enough. I will shake the sh@t out of it tonight and carb my Kolsch at 12 psi for a week

paraordnance 11-18-2010 11:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lostboysbrew (Post 2415056)
force 2 kegs with 5# all the time.........fill the kegs.....pressure them to 30psi to seal them...........then choose one, put it on 30 psi, shake it for 60-90 seconds and let sit under 30psi for an hour......then relieve pressure to about 10-15 psi........

then switch the gas line to the other keg and repeat the process........once carbed, keep under 15psi pressure until serving, then drop it to your pouring pressure.....i have done this process everytime, and it works perfectly every time......

worst case is if i get to tapping keg #2 and its a little light on CO2, i hook it up and let it sit at 30 psi for an hour or so then bring it back down, works great.......

Do you shake it with gas connected? How about beer getting in line?

MikeRoBrew1 11-18-2010 11:23 PM

I only have two taps but I have no problems getting my extra two kegs carb'ed using the same line per your original post.

If you try to slow-carb them using c02 they have to be on constant supply. But if you are going to force carb either by shaking or high pressure (30-45 psi on a cold keg in the fridge), it works fine. Reapply pressure or double-check often.

tele_powder 11-19-2010 01:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paraordnance (Post 2415784)
Do you shake it with gas connected? How about beer getting in line?

Shake with the gas connected, get a QD and another Force carbonating line so when you do get beer in the line, and you will eventually, you can just rinse it right out and your primary line does not have beer juice in it. Well worth the $30

akthor 11-19-2010 01:50 PM

Run to the hardware store or lowes you can make a cheap easy splitter for under $10 to get you by until you buy a real one with check valves.

Lowes I know for sure has PVC 1/4 barb T's for like $3 or so.

lostboysbrew 11-19-2010 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paraordnance (Post 2415784)
Do you shake it with gas connected? How about beer getting in line?

If you have enough pressure on it, beer doesn't get in the gas line..........if you have 30psi pushing while your shaking, beer can't back up into the line.......occasionally we break down the line and clean it out if something gets in there, but haven't had any problems in recent past......


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