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Heavyfoot 02-29-2012 04:30 AM

One regulator, different carbonation levels?
 
Hi all. I've finally just gotten around to getting myself a kegging setup and have brewed three beers over the last few days to be my first on tap beers. I've got a pale ale, brown ale and a hefeweizen bubbling away in primarys.

My setup consists of a keezer with three cornys and a three way gas distributor, but just one regulator. My question is, is there anyway I can somehow carbonate the hefeweizen more than the other two beers with this setup? And if so, what's the recommended strategy?

Thanks for any suggestions.

chriscraig 02-29-2012 11:24 AM

No. You're going to need a separate regulator for each pressure you want to keep.

BrewThruYou 02-29-2012 01:07 PM

Yep, you'll need a separate regulator for the other pressure. You can do this with a secondary regulator or by replacing your primary regulator with one that can do dual pressure, dual output.

Heavyfoot 02-29-2012 03:14 PM

So something like closing the valves to the pale and brown ales, cranking the psi a bit for a day or so, then dropping the psi back down and reopening the valves to the pale and brown wouldn't work (repeating the whole process every now and then)?

BrewThruYou 02-29-2012 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Heavyfoot (Post 3842499)
So something like closing the valves to the pale and brown ales, cranking the psi a bit for a day or so, then dropping the psi back down and reopening the valves to the pale and brown wouldn't work (repeating the whole process every now and then)?

Sounds like a lot of work. If it were me, I'd have the weizen at the same pressure as the others.

You could get another primary regulator and mount it to the other regulator. If it were me and I really wanted to have the weizen at a higher carb, I'd sell the distributor and primary and buy a taprite dual output regulator and then just "T" the one output for the normal carb beers. Kegging equipment sells pretty fast on the Buy/Sell forum here.

badbrew 02-29-2012 03:23 PM

It will work in theory to an extent, but it would be hard to get it right. But give it a go if you want to test it. In other words if all three are fully carbed at 12 psi and you shut the valves on two and crank to 30 psi for a day on the third, then you will do as you are asking but there will be no telling what the pressure in the third will be without it's own regulator.

motobrewer 02-29-2012 03:27 PM

won't work. get two regs.

bctdi 02-29-2012 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Heavyfoot (Post 3842499)
So something like closing the valves to the pale and brown ales, cranking the psi a bit for a day or so, then dropping the psi back down and reopening the valves to the pale and brown wouldn't work (repeating the whole process every now and then)?

This is exactly what I was planning on doing. I don't see any reason why this wouldn't work.Right now I have 1 reg split into 2 lines but only 1 s/o valve upstream of the split....it would be a lot cheaper to just get another valve than a whole new reg...and a little more trouble when switching beers....like maybe 30 seconds extra to adjust the pressure and move 2 valves.

motobrewer 02-29-2012 04:27 PM

you're gonna spent a crapton of time, it's not going to work very well, you'll get foamy beer, and you'll waste a sh*tton of gas.

all that to get out of spending $20 for another reg?

wilserbrewer 02-29-2012 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Heavyfoot (Post 3842499)
So something like closing the valves to the pale and brown ales, cranking the psi a bit for a day or so, then dropping the psi back down and reopening the valves to the pale and brown wouldn't work (repeating the whole process every now and then)?

Yes this will work...but it will be trial and error, and you will never really know how much additional gas you have in the hefe as it will always be working it's way back to the regulated pressure and carbonation.

Another regulator to do it right...if you want to play...have at it.


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