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Old 11-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default Keg carbonation question not attached to line

I have searched for an answer to this here and I can't seem to find and answer to this direct question.

I have 1 tap which currently has a beer on it.
I racked a bath to a second corny last night and put it back in the fermenter chest. I set the psi at 10 and hoped it would carbonate this week while I clear a spot on the tap.

This is the first time I've carbonated a keg that didn't stay attached to the CO2.
Am I going to lose CO2 pressure as the gas is absorbed into the beer? Should I set it at a higher CO2 to compensate for this?
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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You need to maintain CO2 pressure until the pressure in the liquid equalizes with the head space pressure. Translation: You need to keep the CO2 line connected to the keg or it will not carbonate! If you only have one tap and several kegs I would suggest adding priming sugar to the keg when you rack the beer into it and allowing it to naturally carbonate at room temp until you have a tap freed up.
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That's what I thought. Thanks for the advice!
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Though you can apply about 50psi to the on deck keg a few times and it will get pretty close.
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Though you can apply about 50psi to the on deck keg a few times and it will get pretty close.
What temp would the beer need to be for this? Would it work with about 62*?
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I do this all the time, I carb at room temp around 60 degrees. I usually hit it with 25 psi and shake for a couple minutes. Then just hit it with 25psi once a day. When it stops taking in more gas it's fully carbed.
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I do this all the time, I carb at room temp around 60 degrees. I usually hit it with 25 psi and shake for a couple minutes. Then just hit it with 25psi once a day. When it stops taking in more gas it's fully carbed.
How many days usually? Just a round about number....
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I do this all the time, I carb at room temp around 60 degrees. I usually hit it with 25 psi and shake for a couple minutes. Then just hit it with 25psi once a day. When it stops taking in more gas it's fully carbed.
Well if it won't take anymore gas, then it is probably way overcarbed.
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Well if it won't take anymore gas, then it is probably way overcarbed.
No, if it won't take anymore gas it's carbed perfectly. If you notice I said 25psi at 60 degrees, that's 2.3 volumes of co2. Sometimes I use up to 30 psi For Belgians which would be close to 3 volumes of co2.
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