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Old 12-17-2010, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Corney Keg Carbonation Time

I was just surfing and read this, "by force-carbonating the beer with CO2, you can be enjoying the fruits of your labor after one or two days, versus an average of ten to fourteen days for bottle conditioned beer."
I was planning on kegging my beer instead of bottling it anyways. Is this information accurate/what do I need to know to force-carbonate?

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Old 12-17-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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Check out http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/keg-force-carbing-methods-illustrated-73328/

Yes, technically it can be carbed that fast, but I use the "set-it-and-forget-it" method, and it still takes 3-4 week before the beer is "aged" enough. You can drink it in about a week with the "set-it-and-forget-it" method, but mine usually need the extra conditioning to settle down.

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Thundercougarfalconbird,
Your read correctly. It is possible to carbonate with CO2 in the corny keg. There are two methods, force-carbonating and set-it-and-forget-it method. Force-carbing will get you to your carbed beer fastest. It's best to start this process with a pre-chilled keg so that you getter faster absorption of the gas into the beer. There are some good youtube videos on the subject that I suggest you check out. In a nutshell you attached your CO2 line to your keg and lay it on its side with the gas diptube up and beer out post on the bottom. Turn your CO2 on and load with about 20-30psi. Next gentle rock your keg back and forth (people do this with their feet). You will hear the gas enter the keg and when you stop hearing the gas enter into the keg you are finished. There are other methods to this so this is not the only way.
I prefer the set-it-and-forget-it method. You attached your CO2 to your keg and set at 10-12 psi and leave it for a week. I then usually turn down to serving pressure when I am ready to enjoy.
Again I by no means am an expert but heck if I can get a keg or two of my homebrew carbonated then anyone can. Enjoy and please do check out the youtube of force kegging.

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wow, far too complex since Im using one of those little co2 guns =P I got no regulator yet
set and forget it is

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With the right pressure setting I can have beers ready to go in 2-3 days by setting the CO2 tank to a high pressure (I never go over 30 PSI). Basically I'll set the pressure and try the beer after a day or two to see how it's doing.

Obviously the carbonation amount depends on the style of beer you're carbonating. English styles are generally on the lower end, while German beers are usually higher.

However I usually set it to serving pressure and let it sit for a week or two.

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wow, far too complex since Im using one of those little co2 guns =P I got no regulator yet
set and forget it is
You might want to carb it with priming sugar if you are using the little cartridges. Not sure how long those last and the beer absorbes quite a bit of Co2.
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yea, I was gonna prime it, Ill just use the co2 to serve since my propulsion method is so elementary.

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I have a gun also, they work great. You will need to use it to pressurize it and make sure the seals are sealed up good while it carbs.

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yea, I hear a very slight gas leak on my lid,I have a new O ring, but Im waiting on my food-grade lube to arrive in the mail to see if thatll fix it. If not Im gonna throw a brick through my local shops window(I already had to exchange one keg because they sold me one with a leak on the out valve)

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