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SkiGladys 06-08-2009 12:31 AM

Force Carbonation at Altitude?
I swear I read this somewhere, but I can't find it with the search function.

Does anyone know what adjustment to pressure I need to make to force carbonate my kegs at altitude?

I live at 6,000 ft. in Golden, Colorado. If I remember correct, I am supposed to increase my PSI from the normal charts in order to get the correct volume of carbonation. I just don't remember how much. Thanks!

Yuri_Rage 06-08-2009 12:51 AM

I really don't think you need to change the pressure during carbonating. It's possible that you'll have to serve at a slightly lower pressure in order to achieve a balanced pour.

The Pol 06-08-2009 12:53 AM

What Yuri said... the altitude wont affect what is happening in the keg, that is a closed system. BUT, CO2 will more readily leave solution at higher elevations when removed from the pressurized vessel.

jds 06-08-2009 01:10 AM


Welcome to HBT! I'm in northwest Littleton, at about the same altitude as Golden. I haven't found the need to adjust settings for carbonation. Given that each kegging rig is slightly different, I'd say start with the 'standard' charts, and adjust up or down to your preference. I'm not sure that I could readily tell the difference between 3 and 3.25 volumes of CO2 without a side-by-side sampling, and even then, I don't know if I could tell.

Loweface 06-08-2009 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by The Pol (Post 1368495)
BUT, CO2 will more readily leave solution at higher elevations when removed from the pressurized vessel.

Which means that once poured you need to drink faster... :D

Homercidal 06-08-2009 12:46 PM

Wait, do belches at those altitudes come out with more force than at sea level? I mean, the CO2 would come out of solution more readily, right?

SkiGladys 06-08-2009 11:53 PM

Thanks guys. Like I said, I know I read it somewhere, but of course you can't believe everything you read on the internet.

I will rememeber, that I need to drink faster at altitude to keep my beer from going flat, and belch more often to avoid explosive gastric distress.

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