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Old 06-16-2011, 12:35 AM   #1
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Ok so i hooked up my regulator.........hooks up the lines and attached the co2 line to the tank. and yes it is attached to the right in poppit. But the problem is i was tryin to force the carbonation to go faster by turning it to 30 psi and rolling the keggin on my legs back and forth. well some beer came out into the co2 line. Does this mean my poppit is bad? or should i just not use the speed method i saw on another post?

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Ok so i hooked up my regulator.........hooks up the lines and attached the co2 line to the tank. and yes it is attached to the right in poppit. But the problem is i was tryin to force the carbonation to go faster by turning it to 30 psi and rolling the keggin on my legs back and forth. well some beer came out into the co2 line. Does this mean my poppit is bad? or should i just not use the speed method i saw on another post?
No, that's to be expected if you shake the keg and the beer goes above the gas "in" tube.

I'm not one for the "shaking carb" method, because it only makes the beer carbed about two days faster and usually leads to foaming, overcarbonation, or beer backed up into the regulator.

If you're in a huge hurry, chill the keg in the kegerator and set it at 30 psi. After 36-48 hours, purge and reset to the proper psi (mine is 11 psi for my 40 degree kegerator). It should be drinkable then, but will get better over the first week.

If you're not in a huge hurry, set it at the proper psi now in the kegerator and come back in 7 days.
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Ok so i hooked up my regulator.........hooks up the lines and attached the co2 line to the tank. and yes it is attached to the right in poppit. But the problem is i was tryin to force the carbonation to go faster by turning it to 30 psi and rolling the keggin on my legs back and forth. well some beer came out into the co2 line. Does this mean my poppit is bad? or should i just not use the speed method i saw on another post?
Under 30 lbs of pressure you should not see beer in your gas line. Honestly with that much pressure i dont see how it is even possible for liquid to come into the line, sounds like you may have something going wrong, cause i have never seen beer get in my co2 line from rolling at keg(i do it often).
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If you shake it, you should dis-attach the c02. Then, re-attach the c02 and repeat.

You don't want beer in your line.

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Under 30 lbs of pressure you should not see beer in your gas line. Honestly with that much pressure i dont see how it is even possible for liquid to come into the line, sounds like you may have something going wrong, cause i have never seen beer get in my co2 line from rolling at keg(i do it often).
I'm surprised it never happened to you. It happens all the time. Anytime the pressure is above atmospheric pressure, and the gas "in" line is under the beer, beer will come out through the "in" poppit and sometimes (often) up into the regulator. If it hasn't happened to you, you've been lucky. Without a check valve, a regulator can be ruined by this method. Sometimes even with a check valve it can be a huge issue.
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I'm surprised it never happened to you. It happens all the time. Anytime the pressure is above atmospheric pressure, and the gas "in" line is under the beer, beer will come out through the "in" poppit and sometimes (often) up into the regulator. If it hasn't happened to you, you've been lucky.
Could be, I also start rolling like the second i turn the gas on so i can hear the gas going in as i roll it. Normally i stand the keg back up as soon as the sound stops and let it sit.
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I don't think you're supposed to leave the disconnect on the post while you roll the keg around. That's why you got brew through it.

I kegged for the first time last night... I'm using a 3 gallon keg (bottled the balance, all of 1.5 gallons). I topped it off with more CO2 to ensure it was sealed, and blanket the brew with gas. I'm waiting for the new fridge to arrive, that will hold my kegs moving forward. I don't want to put them on gas until they're being properly chilled. That should be before the end of this weekend.

I'll be using the two week carbonation method, personally. Seems far easier to get good results that way. Besides, I'm used to carbonation taking 2-3+ weeks, so solid at 2 weeks will be great. Only 'wild-card' in my setup is no external temperature controller. Just means I'll get a good thermometer for the fridge (probably a thermocouple on a digital display) so that I know what the fridge temp is. Should be pretty easy to set the pressure from the chart once I have that info.

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Could be, I also start rolling like the second i turn the gas on so i can hear the gas going in as i roll it. Normally i stand the keg back up as soon as the sound stops and let it sit.
and yup... thats the reason you dont get it in your lines..
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No, that's to be expected if you shake the keg and the beer goes above the gas "in" tube.

I'm not one for the "shaking carb" method, because it only makes the beer carbed about two days faster and usually leads to foaming, overcarbonation, or beer backed up into the regulator.

If you're in a huge hurry, chill the keg in the kegerator and set it at 30 psi. After 36-48 hours, purge and reset to the proper psi (mine is 11 psi for my 40 degree kegerator). It should be drinkable then, but will get better over the first week.

If you're not in a huge hurry, set it at the proper psi now in the kegerator and come back in 7 days.
When you say purge you mean let all the air out of the keg using the release valve correct?

when i connect the out tap line, do you leave it connected always or should i disconnect and clean it. I am using just a cheap picnic tap and its out in my garage. I just don't want bacteria on the end of my tap line.
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When you say purge you mean let all the air out of the keg using the release valve correct?
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when i connect the out tap line, do you leave it connected always or should i disconnect and clean it. I am using just a cheap picnic tap and its out in my garage. I just don't want bacteria on the end of my tap line.
is it in a fridge? if so you will be fine..
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