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Old 04-07-2006, 12:22 AM   #1
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Still working out my carbonation issues. I have been lucky to get ahead of the game and have a couple full kegs in backup.

Typically, when I keg, I force carbonate for 4 days at 20 psi. My question is, if I'm not going to drink it, do I just disconnec the CO2? Do I disconnect, purge and re-pressurize to 10psi?

I don't want it to be flat but I don't want to over carbonate.

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You're already overcarbonating it by going to 20 psi. 12 psi is more than enough.

Once it's fully carbonated, you can disconnect the CO2 and everything will be fine.

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Interesting. So 12 psi for 4 days will do it? I'll give it a try.

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That depends on your temp of course. If you have it in a frig then 12 psi will get it done. Four days, some people get it done but most people will wait seven. I wait for a full seven. To answer your first question, yeah purge just a little and that will lower the presure.

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Actually, the 20 psi for 4 days perfectly carbonates the beer. I then purge and recharge to 10 psi for drinking. That's actually not my question. I'm all set with that stage. No real need to forced carbonate in a fridge for seven days so the 12 psi issue isn't one I need to deal with.

My question is, if I have a 2 keg system, and have a couple of backup kegs, how best to store them after the forced carbonation described above? Keep em at 20 psi, drop them to 10-12 psi or what? Sounds like Mikey is saying I should store at 10-12 psi.

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Sounds like Mikey is saying I should store at 10-12 psi.
Yup. No different than a bottle of beer (@12psi) sitting on the shelf.
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Appreciate it!

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