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Stellarstar 03-25-2012 12:56 PM

How to carbonate keg?
 
Hello all I am a new brewer and am about to transfer beer in to keg. Should I siphon it so I don't get the sediment? And what pressure to I fill keg with gas and how long? Thanks

Darwin18 03-25-2012 01:17 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/sticky-kegging-faqs-43347/

Slipgate 03-25-2012 01:33 PM

Transfer (rack) your beer into your keg using a siphon. You will get some sediment which typically comes out with your first pour. Seal your keg (put the top on). Hit the keg with 30psi of pressure to make sure everything is sealed. Purge the head space which is just keeping the pressure at 30psi and pulling the release valve a few times for 2-3 seconds each time. Put it in the kegerator. Keep the keg at 30psi for 36 hours. Then reduce to serving pressure (8-12psi). It will be carbonated within 2-3 days after that.

Darwin18 03-25-2012 04:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slipgate (Post 3927233)
Keep the keg at 30psi for 36 hours. Then reduce to serving pressure (8-12psi). It will be carbonated within 2-3 days after that.

Personally, I think that isn't the best advice. Yes it will work, however if you use the 'set and forget' method you're guaranteed to have carbonated beer with minimal foaming issues. Set the keg to serving pressure and walk away for a couple weeks. Then you won't be posting here about how all you're getting is foam.

Slipgate 03-25-2012 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darwin18 (Post 3927679)
Personally, I think that isn't the best advice. Yes it will work, however if you use the 'set and forget' method you're guaranteed to have carbonated beer with minimal foaming issues. Set the keg to serving pressure and walk away for a couple weeks. Then you won't be posting here about how all you're getting is foam.

True, for a newbie, set and forget it typically 100%. But I can't wait that long. If I start this on Tuesday - by the weekend I am drinking the beer. And actually I usually go 48 hours at 30psi. That starts to get into danger zone but I am good about not forgetting about it.

graduate 03-25-2012 10:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slipgate (Post 3927233)
Transfer (rack) your beer into your keg using a siphon. You will get some sediment which typically comes out with your first pour. Seal your keg (put the top on). Hit the keg with 30psi of pressure to make sure everything is sealed. Purge the head space which is just keeping the pressure at 30psi and pulling the release valve a few times for 2-3 seconds each time. Put it in the kegerator. Keep the keg at 30psi for 36 hours. Then reduce to serving pressure (8-12psi). It will be carbonated within 2-3 days after that.

This works perfect everytime for me

Stellarstar 03-26-2012 04:16 AM

Thanks guys I will try both methods on 2 different kegs see how I go. Cheers

Supurb 03-26-2012 10:03 PM

I find this carbonation table extremely useful. It gives you the proper PSI based on beer style and temperature you are carbonating at:

http://www.kegerators.com/carbonation-table.php

WSB-MBC 03-27-2012 02:07 PM

Can you explain the carb-table please
 
is that the PSI recommended for Serving (at listed temp) or for carbonating ?

I'm about to keg my first batch and have tons of questions - although I'm slowly figuring it out :mug:

spokaniac 03-27-2012 05:04 PM

That is the pressure the keg needs to be at to maintain the CO2 volume. If you need 25 psi for your desired carb level and turn it down to 10, the carbonation level will drop and it will go flat. You need to maintain the pressure for the desired CO2 volume and balance that pressure with hose length/diameter to get the right pour at that pressure.


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