HELP! 1st Time Kegging Force Carbonation Question - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > HELP! 1st Time Kegging Force Carbonation Question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-25-2011, 03:21 AM   #1
wtraviswhite
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Posts: 3


I just kegged an APA and have tried a "You Tube" Fast Force Carbonation method.

After racking I set PSI at 30 and rocked it for 5 mins...the guy in the video then reduced PSI and served.

However, mine was not chilled. I let it sit at 30 PSI for an hour and became worried I may over-carbonate.

I just reduced to 8 PSI.

ANY SUGGESTIONS? Thanks for the advice!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 03:45 AM   #2
djsethall
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Olympia, WA
Posts: 3,416
Liked 15 Times on 13 Posts


I set mine to roughly 20 psi and let it sit for a week. No rocking, no shaking

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 03:47 AM   #3
Dwain
 
Dwain's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Hill Country, TX
Posts: 1,135
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Well, the chilling and the rocking are what do the force carb. There are several tables that you can look at to see how cold and how much CO2 pressure you need. You say yours wasn't chilled, what temp was it? If it wasn't chilled, you're not going to over carb. RDWHAHB. Luck - Dwain

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 03:49 AM   #4
wtraviswhite
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Posts: 3

It was room temp...approx 68 degrees

Should I crank up the PSI overnight?...the next couple of days?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 10:52 AM   #5
BillyBock
 
BillyBock's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Maiden Rock, WI
Posts: 170
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by wtraviswhite
I just kegged an APA and have tried a "You Tube" Fast Force Carbonation method.

After racking I set PSI at 30 and rocked it for 5 mins...the guy in the video then reduced PSI and served.

However, mine was not chilled. I let it sit at 30 PSI for an hour and became worried I may over-carbonate.

I just reduced to 8 PSI.

ANY SUGGESTIONS? Thanks for the advice!
I tried to force carb a room temp beer in a similar fashion, only I had 30-40 psi, disconnect and shake, reconnect 30-40, then disconnect and shake again. Let it sit and....hardly any carbonation. I put it in the fridge overnight and force carbed the same way after it was at 39F and it was perfect!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 04:16 PM   #6
Dwain
 
Dwain's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Hill Country, TX
Posts: 1,135
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


+1 to BillyBock's comment. I've always chilled mine (back when I did force carb), and never had any problems. - Dwain

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 04:35 PM   #7
wtraviswhite
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Posts: 3

Thanks for the input. I will try force carb round 2 now that it is cold.

Any suggestions on serving psi?....8-10?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 06:05 PM   #8
AussieBrewerInColorado
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
AussieBrewerInColorado's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Denver, CO
Posts: 472
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


Depends on your line length and temperature. For me, I was always in a hurry to get it carbed and got nothing but problems, too much foam etc. Now, I rack to keg, let it sit for a day in keezer to cold crash and then add about 15 PSI for near a week or until it tastes right. Then drop it down to about 8-10 for serving (more or less as needed to get perfect pour). I use cobra taps.
__________________
____________________________

"The mouth of a perfectly happy man is filled with beer." - Egyptian Proverb

The Keg Ran Out Club (KROC)
Broomfield, Colorado
http://www.kroc.org/

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 06:30 PM   #9
erikpete18
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Seattle, WA
Posts: 829
Liked 32 Times on 30 Posts


Here's a handy table- Force Carbonation Table. Figure out your temp and how carbonated you want your beer to be, then just set it to the psi on the table. I've only got a single regulator right now and my fridge is about 41F, so I set mine at 11-12 psi for all my beers.

I made the mistake once of trying to fast-carb it and failed horribly. I know its possible since there are a ton of people on here that do, but now I just leave it at 11-12psi and let it sit there until it has carbed up properly (2-3 weeks).

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 06:41 PM   #10
2337me
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
Olympia, WA
Posts: 7

I usually connect the CO2 line to the OUT post of the keg and turn up the pressure to 20 psi. My shop temperature is about 45 degrees this time of year and my beer carbonates within 2-4 days. In 2 it is ready to drink however in 4 the head retention seems to be at its best. I then drop it down to 8-10 psi. Even if you have to force carbonate quickly you should use a Force Carbonation Table to match your style. If you do manage to over carb, just release the pressure on the keg and it will usually correct itself. At least, that has been my experience.

erikpete18: thanks for the link to the carb table!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Force carbonation??? Dry Ice? casebrew General Techniques 18 06-07-2015 11:04 PM
Carbonation Differences Kegging, bottle condition, etc... permo General Techniques 12 07-16-2010 09:14 PM
Force carbonation in 48 hrs? pendragon General Techniques 3 11-29-2009 12:43 AM
Secondary time and carbonation? EALynx General Techniques 6 01-14-2007 07:04 PM
Force Carbonation Gabe General Techniques 5 07-30-2006 08:30 PM


Forum Jump