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Old 03-05-2011, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Keg carbing time - sugar vs co2

With a slow rate of around 12 psi I found that my kegs would carbonate in about 7 days. My last few kegs have been carbonating with corn sugar. What is the average time for carbonating this way? My bottles would take 2 weeks last I checked so I was wondering if kegs would take the same. I kegged an Irish red on March 1 that I hope to have ready March 12th.

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I have only naturally carbonated in my Tap-A-Draft bottles, which is 1.5 gallons, but they take around 2 weeks to get nicely carbonated.

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Two weeks at 65F has been my experience. This time of year, I force carbonate. You could probably speed things up by boosting the temperature to the high 60s/low 70s, depending on your yeast.

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I crank up the pressure to 30psi for 36 hours at around 35-40 deg. No shaking or anything else. I get perfect carbonation every time.

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