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Old 04-24-2013, 09:26 PM   #961
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Looking at using this nice little setup for bottling my beer in the future, I was wondering about obtaining the correct level of carbonation.

I'm guessing that I would need to use this chart somehow, but I can#t figure out how lol.
http://www.kegerators.com/carbonation-table.php

Any advice gratefully recieved.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:32 PM   #962
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Say you want to carb your Marzen to 2.47 volumes and your keezer is set to 40 degrees. You find 40 on the left hand column then go to your right until you find your desired volume. Go up to the top column from that desired volume and 12 lbs is what you set the regulator to.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:30 AM   #963
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Cheers for the help Mike.

What I'm wondering is, if I was using the beer gun and I wanted to have my beer have, say 2.5 volumes of CO2 at serving temp of 40F. What pressure would I need to get my beer at before I bottled, when the beer temp will be around 30F. I know I need to drop to 3PSI before bottling, but prior to that I need to get the beer to the point where it will have sufficient carbonation so that when I warm it it won't be over or under pressured.

Does this chart come into play then?
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:56 AM   #964
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Yup, you want 2.5 volumes at 30F (below freezing? Really?), so you'd set your regulator to 7 PSI. That'd carbonate the beer to 2.5 volumes. Then when you're ready to bottle, simply drop the pressure to 3 PSI (the carbonation will not instantly all come out of solution), bottle, and cap. Now no matter what temperature you store the beer at, it will have 2.5 volumes of CO2 in solution. The pressure in the headspace will vary, but the volumes of CO2 is locked in.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:18 PM   #965
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Cheers Kombot.
I'll level with you, I may have picked too low a temperature there lol. More used to working in Celsius (and when I do work in Fahrenheit it's in the region of 120F)
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:14 PM   #966
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Good to know thank you
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:27 PM   #967
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It's always a crap shoot for me, why doesn't the kegerator chart indicate how many days it takes to achieve the CO2 volume desired according to the settings indicated?

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Looking at using this nice little setup for bottling my beer in the future, I was wondering about obtaining the correct level of carbonation.

I'm guessing that I would need to use this chart somehow, but I can#t figure out how lol.
http://www.kegerators.com/carbonation-table.php

Any advice gratefully recieved.

 
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:55 AM   #968
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I'm just wondering if this would work.. Over carb the beer in the keg by 2 times (if you want your beer at 2.5 put it at 5). Fill it up to the neck like a normal beer bottle. That way you don't have to be up to the top. And it would equalize to 2.5 with the head space.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:11 PM   #969
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I think the O2 in the head space would compromise your beer.

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I'm just wondering if this would work.. Over carb the beer in the keg by 2 times (if you want your beer at 2.5 put it at 5). Fill it up to the neck like a normal beer bottle. That way you don't have to be up to the top. And it would equalize to 2.5 with the head space.

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:18 PM   #970
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I use this method to fill growlers and it works great.

The only thing I tweaked is that I don't change my regulator pressure. When I'm ready to fill I shut off the valve for the keg, purge some co2 and start filling. If the flow slows down too much I turn the CO2 back on for a couple seconds just to keep the liquid flowing.

I find this to be easier than messing with the regulator every time. I have also done this for a handful of bottles for a competition and it works great. I don't know if it would work for an entire case but for a couple bottles it works great.
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