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Old 08-07-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Do you need to shake a keg to get it carbonated?

I kegged a batch yesterday, turned the psi up to 30 and threw it in my kegerator. Its been in there 24 hours now. I did not shake it though.

Should I?

My plan is/was to keep the psi at 30 for 48 hours and then release it and test for carbonation.

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Old 08-07-2009, 08:15 PM   #2
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I personally have never force carb'd a keg longer than 24 hours due to the possibility of over carbonation and a large build up of carbonic acid. If I were you I would bring the pressure down to your intended long term carb level and let it go from there. 48 hours seems to be quite long.

The whole shaking of the keg is a viable option, many people do this to increase the intake of co2 into the beer.

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Old 08-07-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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30 psi first 24 hours 20 psi for 48 then drop to serving pressure. Works out well with my system . I don't shake the keg either . Only had 1 overcarb because I forgot about it and went away for the weekend with it at 30 psi .

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Old 08-07-2009, 10:39 PM   #4
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I cool for a couple of days, hit it with 30 psi and shake 100 times and then lower to serving pressure. You mileage may vary.

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What works for me is: Cool keg for 12 hours. Then hit it with 30psi for 24 hours. Then drop to serving pressure (for me 12psi) and go from there. I'd shake if in a pinch but that hasn't happened yet.

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Old 08-09-2009, 01:25 AM   #6
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Don't shake it unless you're in a real rush to carbonate it as it gives the beer a carbonic bite. Follow the advice up above and allow it to carbonate steadily over 3-4 days then store until ready to drink.

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Old 08-09-2009, 01:38 PM   #7
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Three basic methods:

1. 30 psi and shake for 30 minutes.
2. 30 psi and sit for 48 hours.
3. Serving pressure for a week.

If you use the first two, you need to give the beer a week to adjust to the pH change carbonating causes.

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Any of the methods, do you need to bleed off the pressure , when reduced to serving pressure?

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Old 08-10-2009, 04:22 PM   #9
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Three basic methods:

1. 30 psi and shake for 30 minutes.
2. 30 psi and sit for 48 hours.
3. Serving pressure for a week.

If you use the first two, you need to give the beer a week to adjust to the pH change carbonating causes.
humm...so then that begs the question.... Why even bother doing the first 2 eh.
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Three basic methods:

1. 30 psi and shake for 30 minutes.
2. 30 psi and sit for 48 hours.
3. Serving pressure for a week.

If you use the first two, you need to give the beer a week to adjust to the pH change carbonating causes.
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humm...so then that begs the question.... Why even bother doing the first 2 eh.
After the beer is carbonated you can take it off pressure and start another . Some set ups only have one or two gas lines to keep the pipe line going you need to force a couple and let them age . I don't need to force them as I have the capacity for 12 kegs on gas . Not enough room for 12 in the kegerator but I can have 3 going at one time
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