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Old 10-20-2011, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default Forced Carbonation, take three

After two batches of flat beer with a massive head, I finally took the advice of the homebrewtalk crew.
I forced carbonated at 35 psi. Rolled it around, and left it at 35 over night.
The next day, I turned it down to 12...the recommended psi for my ale.
I had one beautiful day of delicious carbonated beer.

The next day, it was the nightmare again...flat beer with a massive head. I have not had carbonated beer since.
I have long tubing; all the equipment is in the kegerator together; and my beer was fermented correctly before kegging.
What in heck am I doing wrong???

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Old 10-20-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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my method is is set at 30psi, and let sit for 36-48 hours. make sure the beer is cold before setting at 30 psi. i then set to 10 psi, with 10' long 3/16" beer tubing in the keggorator for serving.

I used to sometimes use the roll method, and i would roll back and forth for 6 minutes at 30psi, but ive found the first method to be the best because the roll method can overcarbonate easy

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Old 10-20-2011, 07:05 PM   #3
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FWIW, I rack my beers cold into the kegs (36ºF) from the clarifying vessels and pressurize to 35psi for 48 hours. I then reduce the pressure to 12psi and leave everything alone for at least a week or two. Works like a charm.

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Old 10-20-2011, 07:28 PM   #4
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What's the temperature of the beer in the kegerator, and the line length? Any big raise to the tap? How about a tower?

My "technique" is to keg the beer. Put it in the kegerator next to the other kegs, and hook it up. My kegerator is at 39-40 degrees and my regulator is at 12 psi. That's it. No rolling/shaking/turning up and down/etc.

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We need more info to be helpful.

What diameter hose?
How long?
What temp is the fridge at?
Is the beer at fridge temp when you begin carbonating? It could be carbed just right and then become over carbed as it continues to cool off in the fridge.

The first thing I would recommend is to remove variables. Cool the beer to fridge temp, set the pressure and leave it for 2 weeks. If it's still foamy then the problem is in your setup (probably hose length). If it's not foamy then you are overcarbing it while force carbing.

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What's the temperature of the beer in the kegerator, and the line length? Any big raise to the tap? How about a tower?

My "technique" is to keg the beer. Put it in the kegerator next to the other kegs, and hook it up. My kegerator is at 39-40 degrees and my regulator is at 12 psi. That's it. No rolling/shaking/turning up and down/etc.
X2. After @ 2-3 weeks I have a keg of carbonated and properly conditioned beer.
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X2. After @ 2-3 weeks I have a keg of carbonated and properly conditioned beer.
+1 meeeeeelion.
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X2. After @ 2-3 weeks I have a keg of carbonated and properly conditioned beer.
and one meeellllion more!


hose length 5'
hose size 3/16" I.D.
Hose thickness (pressure line) 1/8" wall

all fittings soap-tested.

Keg into CO2-filled keg, then pressurize. pull relief valve 3 or 4 times to insure no O2 sits on beer.

wait....

wait....

wait.... (drink something else!)
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Hose diameter is important. Are you using 3/16ths"?

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are you leaving the gas on all the time? or turning it off/switching kegs in between uses? if so... sounds like a leaky keg to me. a leaky keg with make your beer flat with tons of head because itll go flat and your preasurizing it again fast. a friend of mine had the same problem... he unhooked his keg and the next day beer was flat. left it hooked up and it took about a week and a half to empty his co2 bottle.

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