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Daedalus 08-18-2011 07:00 PM

I cannot get my home brew to carbonate! :(
 
I have a kegerator setup. I bought a used kegerator and swapped out the domestic couples with a setup for cornys. It seemed to work great on my last batch (first time kegging).

For some reason, I CANNOT get this batch to carbonate!

I've mainly tried the impatient method (I don't have any home brew to drink right now :( ).

This consisted of me hooking the keg up to the gas line, cranking the pressure up to 30 psi, and rolling the keg on the floor for 10 minutes. You can hear bubbles entering the keg. I then turn off the gas line valve, lower the PSI (the keg pressure should still be high), and let it sit.

After a while I blow off the excess pressure so I don't get beer up my gas line, and turn on the gas line valve.

The beer comes out super foamy and when it finally settles, it's hardly carbonated to almost flat.

I did notice that when I cleaned this keg, that my gas post wasn't working properly. The poppet wasn't making a seal with the post. I figured if I kept the gas line hooked up, it'd keep it's pressure no problem. It doesn't seem to have any leaks when the gas line hooked up to the post as it.

Anyone have any advice? I've been sitting on this keg for almost a week now and haven't really been able to enjoy it.

I just received spare parts for my keg (new poppets, posts, and orings) so I might rebuild the gas post. Also my regulator kinda sucks. Not sure if that has anything to do with it. It's a single gauge meant for dispensing pre-carbonated kegs rather than force carbing. Maybe I need to replace that (I plan to anyway since I have a 2 tap tower ready to replace the single I have now).

Please help. I'm thirsty and impatient! (And no I cannot Relax Sit Down, and Have a Home Brew because I don't have any Home Brew!) :drunk:

JKoravos 08-18-2011 07:20 PM

If it's super foamy then there is carbonation.

You're probably trying to serve it at too high a pressure, or your serving line is too short.

What other details can you give us?

hopsalot 08-18-2011 07:21 PM

what pressure and for how long do you force carbonate?

cheezydemon3 08-18-2011 07:23 PM

Patience.

My fast method is 58 PSI, unhook from gas and chill.

3 days later, perfectly carbed.

Daedalus 08-18-2011 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JKoravos (Post 3182703)
If it's super foamy then there is carbonation.

You're probably trying to serve it at too high a pressure, or your serving line is too short.

What other details can you give us?

I've tried serving at something low like 5-10 PSI and I still get foam. My line is 6 feet long I think.

I'm starting to think I over carbonated it.

Maybe I'll just release the pressure and rack it into some glasses. LOL. :drunk:

JKoravos 08-18-2011 09:04 PM

turn the pressure completely off, or low enough to get a tiny trickle from the line. if it's still foamy it's over carbed.

The beer is cold, though, right?

Daedalus 08-19-2011 04:10 AM

Yes beer is definitely cold. Been in there for almost a week. Was in there for over 24 hours before even trying to carb. I cold crashed it for 24 hours before that also.

mattd2 08-19-2011 04:47 AM

If it is super foamy when the past beer was fine on the same setup I would say you have overcarb'd (easy to do with the shake and bake method).
You probably need to leave the keg in the fridge, bleed the pressure down, leave overnight, bleed again and repeat untill the pressure stops rising back up over your serving pressure.
Good luck.

Daedalus 08-19-2011 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattd2 (Post 3184142)
If it is super foamy when the past beer was fine on the same setup I would say you have overcarb'd (easy to do with the shake and bake method).
You probably need to leave the keg in the fridge, bleed the pressure down, leave overnight, bleed again and repeat untill the pressure stops rising back up over your serving pressure.
Good luck.

Do I adjust the regulator back up if I bleed off too much?

Daedalus 08-21-2011 05:48 PM

More questions... so I think my beer was very over-carbonated like was suggested.

It's slowly getting better. I've left it at a set PSI (about 13) and have been bleeding it every day.

I think there may be another contributing factor. I think I had my fridge set to too cold. I just noticed that one of my bev lines had started to freeze. Can having a beer too cold cause over carb?


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