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View Poll Results: Which carb method TASTES better?
Force carb 48 67.61%
Natural carb in keg 23 32.39%
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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OK i read a ton of old threads and there seems to be a split on the question. First threads I read suggested that natural carb in a keg turns out "yeasty" and therefore force carb is better. Others suggested force carb is "harsh" and natural is smoother and therefore better.

So, what's the real deal? Vote for force carb or natural carb in keg. Real-life experiences are much appreciated.

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Old 03-29-2010, 12:46 AM   #2
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I couldn't vote! My answer is "either". I haven't noticed a bit of difference in my force carbed beers vs my priming sugar added beers.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:47 AM   #3
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I have only force carbed my beers, so I can't say whether there's a difference in taste. But I'd be willing to be that you'll get more sediment with naturally carbed beer.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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I'm still relatively new to kegging, but I've done both natural and forced carb and have not detected any differences at all. That being said, I generally now force carb just because it's easier.

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Old 03-29-2010, 12:59 AM   #5
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99% of the time bottle carbed beers have a taste that I can discern and not like. I even get that from some micro beer. As to harshness, that is usually from drinking the beer too soon after force carbing.

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Old 03-29-2010, 01:02 AM   #6
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I won't vote with these options. Ether method can be done fine and either can be done badly.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:12 AM   #7
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Yeah, either work okay and both can be messed up. I generally force carb regular beers, but if something's going to secondary for a long time before going in the fridge I'll go ahead and let it carb naturally too.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:17 AM   #8
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I've done both and haven't noticed a difference.

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Old 03-29-2010, 01:26 AM   #9
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I voted "Natural carb in keg" but only cuz I'm cheap and try to get as much out of a Co2 fill as I can...and I have never forced carb.

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Old 03-29-2010, 01:29 AM   #10
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Ive done both and will say that either is fine to me but I prefer to force carb cause I like a clearer beer to drink most of the time unless drinking a wheat beer.

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