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Old 03-29-2008, 09:34 PM   #1
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I heard that if u put the beer into a keg while it is priming it finishes faster than if u have it in bottles.
So for instance, the batch i am brewing up right now, I have it in bottles and it is on the priming stage, directions say 3 weeks then it is complete.
I heard, however, if you put it in a keg during this stage it cuts the time in half.
Is this true?



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Old 03-29-2008, 10:01 PM   #2
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If you are force carbonating with a CO2 tank, then yes, it typically takes about 7-10 days to carbonate. If you're naturally carbonating in a keg, then it takes the same amount of time.



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Old 03-29-2008, 10:14 PM   #3
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whats the difference between force carbonation and natural carbonation?
I would assume that force carbonating would be to pressurize it with the CO2, but if I were to do that I would still need to priming sugar, correct?

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I would assume that force carbonating would be to pressurize it with the CO2
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but if I were to do that I would still need to priming sugar, correct?
No. If you're looking to force carb, you should spend some time reading about it - google is your friend. It's very simple, but there's some science behind it and several different methods taking anywhere from a day or less, up to a couple of weeks, so you should do some research to figure out what's best for you.
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No, if you are carbing it with a CO2 tank you do not need priming sugar.

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Old 03-29-2008, 11:10 PM   #6
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Lets say I get priming sugar with my recipe kit, could i add that with the malt in order to boost up the alcohol content in my beer?
would it taste normal if i did that?

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The amount of primer sugar included in recipe kits will only boost the alcohol content about 1/4 of a percentage.

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Well, yes, you could do that. But you would boost the alcohol by .28% for a 5 gallon batch. I'm not sure it'd be worth it!

Sometimes, if I don't have room for the keg in the kegerator right away, I prime it. I leave it at room temperature until it's carbed up, then vent it and stick it on the gas when there is an open tap. You could do that, and there is no effort or work involved in that.

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That is true, but green beer is still green beer. Just because you can carb it faster doesn't mean it's going to taste any better. Most beer, bottled or kegged, are at their best after at least 6 weeks. That is why there is the 1-2-3 rule.

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No, kegging beer and force carbonating it doesn't speed up the conditioning.



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