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Old 10-24-2012, 02:19 AM   #1
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I have a pale ale in the keezer (42 degrees) thats it been set to 13-ish psi for a little over 3 weeks now. There is still very little carbonation, and the small bubbles I do have only stick around for a minute or so. I'm serving at about 9 psi. Its been at serving pressure for 3 days.

Should I take off the party tap, turn it back up, and see what happens? Or keep it at 9 and let it carbonate as the keg empties?

Kegging has been insanely frustrating for me, and Im just ready to get my system dialed in. Help me, HBT. Help me.


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Is the beer relatively clear? Having small particulates can cause the CO2 to come out of solution very quickly in the glass and make the beer seem flat. Other than that, I can't think of any reason why the beer wouldn't be carbonated. Is it pouring with a head at all?


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I'd say it might be time to check the accuracy of your gauge.
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It's a tad hazy, pours with a head that dissipates pretty quickly. I cold crashed for 2 days before, secondary for 10 days dry hopping. All at 68 degrees the whole time. It's strange, the first 2 pints had pretty good carbonation, then flat fir the rest of them.

I don't know, I feel like I did this one by the book and I'm still not coming up without the results I want. Getting frustrated.
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I'd say it might be time to check the accuracy of your gauge.
What's the best way of going about this?
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After you pull the pressure relief, do you hear gas coming from the tank into the keg?
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Ok. Does it seem like there is carbonation there when you pour it, but it may be rushing out of solution quickly? If so, it could be the particulates or maybe even glassware that is not beer clean.
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Ok. Does it seem like there is carbonation there when you pour it, but it may be rushing out of solution quickly? If so, it could be the particulates or maybe even glassware that is not beer clean.
Possibly, I just don't see any bubbles coming from the bottom and the body is heavy and flat. I feel like my gauges may be off now...
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How accurate would you say that 42 degrees is? 9 psi would put you at about 2.1 volumes of CO2 at 42 degrees. That is on the low end.

I don't change my pressures at all. I set them at the correct pressure for the volumes of CO2 that I want and leave them there. Take it up to 14-15 and check it after a few days. That will put you at about 2.5 volumes, which is more consistent with most American craft beer. If that works for you, then just leave it at that pressure.


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