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Old 09-21-2007, 12:33 AM   #1
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I usually pressurize my 5 gal cornies for 3 days at 30 PSI before hooking them up to the kegerator at 9 PSI for dispensing. Is there a more scientific way to initially carbonate the brew?

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Old 09-21-2007, 01:16 AM   #2
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Yes, the set it and forget it method. Set it to your serving pressure and forget it for a week. The results will be the same every time, but it does require patience.

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Old 09-21-2007, 01:27 AM   #3
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Yeah, get it chilled, set it at 12 psi and forget it for at least a week. Nice, slow, & steady. Works great!

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Old 09-21-2007, 11:55 AM   #4
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Have to agree with the set it and wait method, but I'm very new to this. I kegged my first two about a week ago. Tried to rush one by using the high pressure with a bit of shaking method. After many attempts to bleed off the pressure, I am still getting tons of foam with every pour. With the second keg, I set it at 10 lbs and left it. It's now nicely carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles.

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Old 09-26-2007, 09:44 PM   #5
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Question: Does the set it and forget it method count as one week of conditioning? For example, if I usually keep my beer in the secondary for two weeks, can I keep in the carboy for one week and then transfer it to the keg and carbonate it for a week, and call that two weeks of conditioning?

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Old 09-26-2007, 10:23 PM   #6
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well, the secondary is really to get the yeast to fall out of suspension for a clearer beer.
but aging is also happening at that point.

so technically, yet it counts. if you had a really flocculent yeast, a week in secondary might be clear enough. less flocculent, you might secondary 3-6 weeks.

when kegging its hard to be patient since you can force carb green beer in an hour once its chilled, instead of 7 days in the bottle
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:50 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by EdWort
Yeah, get it chilled, set it at 12 psi and forget it for at least a week. Nice, slow, & steady. Works great!
What temp do you chill at before you gas it???

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Old 09-27-2007, 12:38 AM   #8
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For about 2.5 volumes of CO2, I set my regulator to 20 psi and set the room/cellar temperature kegs in the 40 degree fridge. After two days, I dial the regulator back to 10 psi and wait another day or two for everything to normalize.
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