Nitro kegging/serving question - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Nitro kegging/serving question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-25-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
jphalabuk
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Alexandria, Virginia
Posts: 61
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts



Hi all, I am kind of new to the kegging world, and I have an important question. I have a CO2 system with two taps in a refrigerator. I am adding a nitro system for my beloved stouts, and I get conflicting advice from my friends who have been kegging way longer than me.
Friend number one says I should carbonate my stout with CO2 just like any other brew (maybe a bit less carbonation), then the nitro mix is only used to serve the stout through the stout faucet.
Friend number two says I am supposed to carbonate my stout using the nitro mix and that I will never hook my CO2 tank up to my stout keg at all.
Which one is right? I can't seem to find a definitive answer anywhere.
Thanks in advance.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
bad67z
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
bad67z's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 1,878
Liked 110 Times on 77 Posts


Friend #1 is spot on, nitrogen will not dissolve into beer.

CallsignMigs Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 03:32 PM   #3
jphalabuk
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Alexandria, Virginia
Posts: 61
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts


Thanks!
Just for my own education, does that mean the nitro/CO2 mix (75/25, as I recall) is only to push the beer for serving? I would suspect that is due to the higher pressure, and the need to force it through the restrictor plate in the stout faucet; does that sound right?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
bad67z
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
bad67z's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 1,878
Liked 110 Times on 77 Posts


Your welcome, and here is a thread with some good information and additional links.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/beer-gas-set-up-140867/

Cheers.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
jphalabuk
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Alexandria, Virginia
Posts: 61
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts


That was a lot of information! I read through that, and it answered questions I did not even know I had.
Nothing left to do now but do it.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 10:25 PM   #6
bad67z
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
bad67z's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 1,878
Liked 110 Times on 77 Posts


Glad I could help.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 11:23 PM   #7
erikpete18
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Seattle, WA
Posts: 829
Liked 32 Times on 30 Posts


For what its worth, you can carb with your nitro mix, its just not worth it. For instance, if you've got a 75/25 mix and want to carb your beer to 8psi co2, you could hook it up to 32psi nitro mix and it will carb up. True, the nitro won't dissolve into the beer, but the co2 will. However, since most of us have co2 tanks handy, and the nitro mix tends to either be in a smaller bottle, and/or more expensive, its often just as easy and cheaper to carb with co2 or naturally carb, then serve with the nitro mix so you aren't wasting that carbing.

2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 08:54 PM   #8
CallsignMigs
 
CallsignMigs's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
South Sound, Cascadia
Posts: 60
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts


This thread was incredibly helpful. I just set up my nitro faucet last night, and couldn't figure out why the beer tasted thin and undesirable. I hadn't really thought about it critically yet, but a quick search on here turned that light bulb back on.

Here's to a well CARBED porter on nitro. Cheers.
__________________
Primary: Loki's Mischief DIPA
Secondary: blackHOPS v1.x CDA, Berliner Weisse, Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout
Kegged: Mobsta' Rye Porter
Bottled: Nil

Objects in mirror appear to be losing....

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Misadventures in nitro kegging, a cautionary tale klemms0045 Bottling/Kegging 14 11-20-2012 10:06 PM
serving on nitro through chill plate keepitcold General Beer Discussion 1 04-26-2012 07:48 PM
Easy kegging question about serving H-ost Bottling/Kegging 9 11-04-2011 04:59 PM
Nitro Kegging Haputanlas Bottling/Kegging 7 02-25-2010 04:04 PM
Kegging rotation and serving question NEPABREWER Bottling/Kegging 1 02-16-2007 03:12 AM


Forum Jump