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Old 05-16-2007, 08:55 PM   #11
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when force carbonating what psi do you use for how long?
My keg is going to be about 60 degrees while carbonating and
until I am ready to serve.
Carbonating cold is easier. Look for a CO2 balance chart.
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:01 PM   #12
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I just kegged my first one last night. I had it at 20 psi with just the CO2 hooked up. I then thought it would be a good idea toput the OUT valve on all by itself with no line. Little did I know I had a nice stream of beer that shot about 10ft. opps. The beer at the time was at 60 degrees. I just put it in the fridge at 34 degrees. and have lowered it to 16psi. I am hoping to serve it this Saturday. Is it really ok to shake the beer. what if the liquid goes back up the IN valve. Or maybe it won't because the CO2 pressure is coming out?
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:20 PM   #13
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i just kegged Ed's Hard Cider today and i set it at 10psi my freezer temp is right at 30 F (for lagering purposes) i have a carbonation chart but im to lazy to go look at it right now because im getting drunk haha
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:44 PM   #14
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I've heard it's possible to force carbonate in a few days. First make sure your output hose is disconnected because it can only handle ~15-20psi. Set it for 40psi, let it sit 24 hours (with the tank hooked up of course). Release all the pressure. Set it again for 20psi, let sit another 24 hours. Release all the pressure again and set it for serving pressure, anywhere between 5-15psi (I like 8). Leave it like that for a day or so and then enjoy.

Haven't had a chance to try this method myself yet, but I will this weekend.

 
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:58 PM   #15
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I just kegged my first one last night. I had it at 20 psi with just the CO2 hooked up. I then thought it would be a good idea toput the OUT valve on all by itself with no line. Little did I know I had a nice stream of beer that shot about 10ft. opps. The beer at the time was at 60 degrees. I just put it in the fridge at 34 degrees. and have lowered it to 16psi. I am hoping to serve it this Saturday. Is it really ok to shake the beer. what if the liquid goes back up the IN valve. Or maybe it won't because the CO2 pressure is coming out?
LOL - The out valve is really not a valve at all. It's ALWAYS OPEN....

If your serving this Saturday, you'll need to force the carbonation in by shaking. (A
good method but not the conservative "best" method of set and forget).

If the beer is cold now, take the keg out and set the pressure back up to 25 PSI. Lay the keg across your lap and shake it back and forth for 60-75 seconds. You'll hear bubbling and gas being released. The bubbling and gas sound will subside. Repeat the shaking and it will pick back up again. Do this about 3-4 times and then set back in the fridge with the gas back down to around 10-12 PSI.

Let it sit until serving time and you should be fine.
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:49 AM   #16
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OK but won't the liquid run back up the gas line? I am terrible afraid of ruinng this brand new system. Thank you so much!




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LOL - The out valve is really not a valve at all. It's ALWAYS OPEN....

If your serving this Saturday, you'll need to force the carbonation in by shaking. (A
good method but not the conservative "best" method of set and forget).

If the beer is cold now, take the keg out and set the pressure back up to 25 PSI. Lay the keg across your lap and shake it back and forth for 60-75 seconds. You'll hear bubbling and gas being released. The bubbling and gas sound will subside. Repeat the shaking and it will pick back up again. Do this about 3-4 times and then set back in the fridge with the gas back down to around 10-12 PSI.

Let it sit until serving time and you should be fine.
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Old 05-17-2007, 01:00 AM   #17
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How many brews can I carb and dispense with a 5lb CO2 tank??

 
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Old 05-17-2007, 02:58 AM   #18
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There are a lot of variables, but I've read about 10.
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:10 AM   #19
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Any idea what AIRGAS or such places charge for an exchange deal on a 5lb cylinder?

 
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:27 AM   #20
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I don't know about exchange but i get my 5 pounder filled for about 7 bucks.

 
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