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Old 10-23-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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Hey all,

I have a clone of Curieux that has been in the kegerator for a month now and has not been carbing up. I've checked for possible leaks several times, I've bumped up the gas to 20 psi for 2 weeks - with minimal carbonation noted. So I turned it up to 30 psi for another week and will check it later today. Is this beer resistant to carbonation because of the ABV/Jim beam or do I have a leak, or should I just be patient and wait longer?
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:39 PM   #2
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You haven't found a leak, but is your CO2 tank emptying? What temp do you have it at? What is your ABV? I'm not aware that alcohol content inhibits carbonation. Since you aren't relying on your yeast to do the work, it should carbonate just fine.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:51 PM   #3
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Tanks got plenty of gas, temp is 42 F. I took the big o ring out and reapplied keg lube just in case. ABV 12.5%. It's a mystery to me too seeing that it's got a lb of maltodextrine/Carapils in it.
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Bucket: Air
Carboy 1: Stout
Carboy 2: Air
Carboy 3: Air
Better Bottle: Air
Growlers: Air
Keg 1: Amber Ale(left tap)
Keg 2: Cider (right tap)
Keg 3: Air
Keg 4: Ale Full-O-Funk
Bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Mixed Wine, Syrah, Apple Wine, Triberry Wine, Chianti, Liquid Sunshine Sparkling Banana Wine
In the Works: Kate the Great Clone

Favorite Recipe #1: Kate the Great Clone
Favorite Recipe #2: Crop Chopper PAL
Favorite Recipe #3: Curieux Clone

 
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
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Does your keg have any pressure in it? Pull the vent a couple of times to see if the keg is getting gas. You could have a blockage inline.
Do you have the valves open on your regulator?

 
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:42 PM   #5
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I had a similar issue that ended up being a faulty (stuck or wasn't seating correctly) poppet valve. Checked everywhere under the sun for leaks and never found any. Took the posts off, cleaned everything, then re-installed and it carbed up normal.

 
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:47 PM   #6
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Try rolling the keg on your lap for a couple minutes. You should hear bubbles inside, that will let you know if your carbonating.

 
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:05 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Smashing
Does your keg have any pressure in it? Pull the vent a couple of times to see if the keg is getting gas. You could have a blockage inline.
Do you have the valves open on your regulator?
Yeah it's holding pressure, purges normal and everything. It has some carbonation, but very minimum. Valves are open. I can hear the keg pressurizing but the beer itself has minimal carbonation and zero head.
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Bucket: Air
Carboy 1: Stout
Carboy 2: Air
Carboy 3: Air
Better Bottle: Air
Growlers: Air
Keg 1: Amber Ale(left tap)
Keg 2: Cider (right tap)
Keg 3: Air
Keg 4: Ale Full-O-Funk
Bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Mixed Wine, Syrah, Apple Wine, Triberry Wine, Chianti, Liquid Sunshine Sparkling Banana Wine
In the Works: Kate the Great Clone

Favorite Recipe #1: Kate the Great Clone
Favorite Recipe #2: Crop Chopper PAL
Favorite Recipe #3: Curieux Clone

 
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:54 PM   #8
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I figured it out. Like so many things in brewing- patience. It's getting there.
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Bucket: Air
Carboy 1: Stout
Carboy 2: Air
Carboy 3: Air
Better Bottle: Air
Growlers: Air
Keg 1: Amber Ale(left tap)
Keg 2: Cider (right tap)
Keg 3: Air
Keg 4: Ale Full-O-Funk
Bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Mixed Wine, Syrah, Apple Wine, Triberry Wine, Chianti, Liquid Sunshine Sparkling Banana Wine
In the Works: Kate the Great Clone

Favorite Recipe #1: Kate the Great Clone
Favorite Recipe #2: Crop Chopper PAL
Favorite Recipe #3: Curieux Clone

 
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