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Old 12-14-2011, 04:16 PM   #11
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There are ways to make it carb up faster- rolling and shaking the keg for example. But few people can do this well, without either having foamy overcarbed beer, or a "carbonic acid bite" to the beer with the fresh carbonation.
And that's why I always just do the set it and forget it method. The few times I've shaken to carb, my beers have had a very distinct bite to them. It's always settled out over time, but the whole point to shaking is to be able to drink them sooner. I've got enough beers in my pipeline I don't run into that anymore.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:19 PM   #12
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That's the key is to have one carbonating while you are drinking off another keg.

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Old 12-15-2011, 11:33 AM   #13
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I shook the keg to carb. My beer looks like mud...will that settle out?

Tastes great, looks like ****

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Old 12-15-2011, 12:43 PM   #14
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It will settle some, but fully clear, doubtful. At least my cloudy/muddy beer in my keg right now has maintained most of the haze, even after 3 weeks in the keg. I rushed mine too fast though. Should have left it in the primary for another 2 weeks or so before kegging.

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I shook the keg to carb. My beer looks like mud...will that settle out?

Tastes great, looks like ****
Try to get the keg as close to 32 degrees as possible. You obivously don't want to freeze the beer, but the colder temperature should help it settle better. After cold crashing for a couple/few/maybe a week days, draw a couple of pints to remove the sediment. (The longer you let it sit, the clearer it should get. Also, it won't freeze at 32 degrees due to the alcohol. That's why I can keep my Grey Goose in the Freezer )

Alternatively, you can try gelatin...which I've never done.
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You think I can keep the keg in a freezer turned to the warmest setting?

I'd love to do that.

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Usually even the warmest setting on a freezer using the standard thermostat is still below freezing.

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But doesn't beer not freeze until like 28 degrees?

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I don't know what would happen to a keg if the beer in it froze, but I don't want to find out. Ever. Not ever.

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I don't know what would happen to a keg if the beer in it froze, but I don't want to find out. Ever. Not ever.
I would think nothing would happen. Just let it thaw out. The head pressure in the keg would go up since all the CO2 would come out but the kegs are rated to around 100psi so I would think they could take it. Plus they have the pressure relief valve.

As for the beer, it would kill all the remaining yeast but at that point who cares. It should not harm the beer in any other way.
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