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Old 12-16-2011, 01:03 PM   #1
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I have about 4 and 1/2 gallons in my first keg. First question is will it take less time to carb up just right? or will that not make much of a difference. I was going to test it at 3 days and see if its carbed enough.

Also, before I turn the PSI down to serving PSI do I need to relieve any of the pressure by pulling up on the relieve valve?

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4 1/2 or 5 gallons will likely carb a the same rate...more or less. If you are force carbing at a higher pressure, yes, you will need to reduce to serving pressure by venting the keg.

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3 days is likely to show no difference unless you are burst carbonating at a very high pressure, which i do not recomend.

people always want their 25 pound turkey cooked and ready to eat in 15 minutes. it just doesnt work like that.
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However, you can easily quickly carb without over carbing by simply set it at the desired pressure (12psi for example) and then rolling the keg back and forth for 10-15 minutes or whatever works. That way, it's doing the same thing without the possibility of over carbonation. Just make sure it sits for a few hours to let everything settle inside the keg. I did this method the night before thanksgiving for my pumpkin. Set at 12, rocked it for 15-20 minutes, let it sit over night, tested in the morning and poured a perfect carbonated pint. AWESOME!

With that said, if you have time, the set and forget method is probably the best though. Lots of ways to get to the same place.
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