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Ryan11 12-18-2012 01:53 PM

Force Carbonation Problem
I force carbed my beer Friday by setting my CO2 at about 33psi and rocking it for 3 minutes. I let it sit until Sunday and put it at serving pressure (11psi). Monday I tried it and it tasted not really over carbed but had a bite to it. Also, on top of that it had large bubbles that went away fairly quick rather than really small bubbles. Does this mean my beer is still young and it just needs time to age and condition? Or do I have a problem?

gcdowd 12-18-2012 03:03 PM

Sounds like you may have over carbed it. What is your pressure currently set at?

Ryan11 12-18-2012 03:26 PM

10psi... just to be clear I only had the pressure at 33psi for 3 minutes while I was rocking it. I let it sit 48 hours with no gas hooked up to let it settle down then put it at 10psi and tasted.

gcdowd 12-18-2012 03:43 PM

Yeah I do the set it and forget it method so I'm not sure if 3 minutes is too long. Hopefully someone with some more experience will chime in

billl 12-18-2012 03:53 PM

My guess is that you are undercarbed right now since the bubbles go away quickly. If you are overcarbed, you would see either excessive foaming or a persistently bubbly brew in the glass.

The "shake it" method is really temperature sensitive. Unless you "need" this beer immediately, just set it on serving pressure and leave for a few days.

bufitfn 12-18-2012 03:58 PM

I think you are under carbed also, the big bubbles are just air, hold glass up to light and see if you have small bubbles rising from sides, my guess is no. set pressure at 30 psi and let it set cold for 24 hours , you should be fine then. 3 minutes rocking did not introduce near enough Co2.

Ryan11 12-18-2012 04:06 PM

Thats kind of what I thought just wasn't sure. If I hold my glass up to the light I do see bubbles coming up through the beer but no where near an excessive amount. It just threw me off when I tasted it and it tasted some what carbed but with a bite to it.

Ryan11 12-18-2012 04:55 PM

Anyone else know anything about this?

Yooper 12-18-2012 04:59 PM


Originally Posted by Ryan11 (Post 4694243)
Anyone else know anything about this?

The "bite" is carbonic acid, from quickly forcing carbonation into solution. It'll fade as the beer gradually carbs up slowly.

Ryan11 12-18-2012 05:15 PM

So I have had it at 10 psi for the past 36 hours. If I just leave it there for a week or so it should be fine?

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