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Old 03-31-2014, 01:11 AM   #71
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I like to carbonate my stouts at room temp. I find its easier to carb to 10-15 psi at 65 degrees than it is to carbonate to 1-3 psi at 40.

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Old 03-31-2014, 02:28 PM   #72
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I like to carbonate my stouts at room temp. I find its easier to carb to 10-15 psi at 65 degrees than it is to carbonate to 1-3 psi at 40.
How long does this usually take at room temp? Still a week, or does it take longer?
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:41 PM   #73
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10 psi at room temp for 10-14 days gets it to perfect carb level. If I can't/don't want to wait, 15 psi for about 3-5 days gets it close enough to drink, but there's a chance of over carbing that way.

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Old 03-31-2014, 03:58 PM   #74
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Yeah, I can definitely see how that would be easier except that I keep my tanks in the keezer with the serving kegs so unless I got a separate tank just for that I an SOL as far as that option goes.

I got pretty close with the previous method and I expect by next weekend when I get into it again it should be just right by leaving it on mix gas at 35psi during the week.

Just need to figure out a method that works best for my setup.

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Old 04-01-2014, 03:14 AM   #75
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I have an ordinary bitter that I just moved to nitro. It's my second keg I've done nitro with. It was carbed to maybe 1.6 volumes, same as the stout I did before this. The stout, after cascading, settled into a 1/2 inch or better head. This ordinary bitter is only settling int a 1/4 inch or less.

Should I try to up the volumes of CO2 and switch back to nitro? Will that increase the head at all, or is it just what it is?

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Old 04-01-2014, 03:32 AM   #76
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In my ignorance of such matters, I'd think body would play a role in how beer takes to nitro. I've had a big old stout on nitro for the last couple of weeks (effin' wonderful, but that's not news ) and I can't imagine my American Wheat responding in the same manner...

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I'm sure that body plays into it. FG, though not the only contributing factor to body perception, is the notable difference between these two kegs. The stout was something like 1.020, and the bitter is 1.008 (I wish it was higher, but that's another topic).

But that's what I'm wondering, if I increase the carbonation to make up for it, will it result in a larger head. Or, will it not all break out of solution. In a thin beer, I want to be sure I avoid the carbonic bite.

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Old 04-01-2014, 06:07 PM   #78
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IME a slightly higher carbonation will give you a little more head on nitro. It can go from just enough to too much pretty easily so I'd leave it on nitro and just nudge the regulator up 5 psi and see how it is after a few days. No matter what you do with CO2, eventually the beer will regulate to the serving pressure. Like any tap, the ideal pressure can be different for each beer. Play with it and see what works for your setup.

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