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Old 07-28-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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Default Head but no carbonation - kegging

So I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this but figured I would check here. The head on my beer is large but there is little to no carbonation in my beer.

I kegged my beer, put it to 20 psi 3 times and let the pressure out each time. Then put the kegs in my fridge overnight at 15 psi. About 24 hours later, I set the kegs to 30 psi and rolled them on the ground for 10 mins, let the pressure out. Let them sit for about 1 and a half hours and tested it....large head with little carbonation.

My question....should I let the beer sit at about 15 psi for awhile for the CO2 to work itself in to fully carbonate? Thanks for the help!

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Old 07-28-2009, 01:48 AM   #2
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Your attempt at "burst carbing" was a little hap hazard but I'm going to assume you got some CO2 dissolve there. I'm guessing this is a dispensing issue more than anything. Do you have at least 6 feet of 3/16" ID tubing on there?

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Yes I do....What should be my next move? What should I set my psi for and for how long?

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Try serving it at 8 maybe 10 psi. You very well could be agitating the carb out in dispensing. How much hose do you have? If not 10' or more you might want to get epoxy stir rods to add resistance.

For set and forget pressure I would put it at 12 and let it go.

I am curious why you keep releasing the pressure when your force carbing. That co2 is supposed to get dissolved into solution.

Then again I haven't been happy with any burst carbing I've done either. The only way I'm ever happy is with set and forget for at least 2, usually 3 weeks.

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Is this a situation where all the pressure is still in the keg so you pour a glass that is 90%+ head so when the head dissipates it tastes somewhat carbonated but doesn't appear to have any bubbles coming up? If you've carbonated your beer and you're sure it should be carbonated try dropping the carbonation to something like 5psi and pouring a glass.

I don't force carbonate. I prime a keg and let it carbonate. After a couple of weeks the beer comes rushing in to the glass as described above. I let it sit 3-5 minutes and taste/look at it. No bubbles coming up through the beer and it tastes a little flat. I release the pressure down to serving pressure and pour a perfect glass with great bubbles and the carbonation tastes right. Maybe someone with a little more experience than I can explain why that is?

I just read dontmans post again. I vote agitating carbonation out.

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Vent the keg until the pour just dribbles out. If you get bubbles coming up and forming a head for a few minutes, you know you're carbed at least a minimal amount.

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