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Old 07-12-2013, 03:25 AM   #1
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Default The right PSI for set it and forget it??? (belgian wit)

I am doing the set it and forget it method for a 5 gallon Corny keg. Belgian Wit beer. Last time it seems like 10-12 PSI was not enough carbonation, but I'm not really sure bc I haven't been happy with any of my kegging experiences.

I have it at 15 PSI right now, and it's been 4 days. That's not gonna over-carb this batch will it?


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Old 07-12-2013, 03:28 AM   #2
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Carbonation levels have two components: pressure and temperature. What is your temp?

Use this chart for reference.
http://www.kegerators.com/carbonation-table.php


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Oops, forgot the temp. Mini-fridge at around 37- 39F (it varies). I've seen the charts, but I don't really trust them. Is 10 PSI better, or 15 PSI?
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It doesn't really matter if you are higher or lower than you want. That's the cool thing about kegging. You can raise it or lower it as you please. It will reach its new equilibrium and be good to go.
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Ok, but if this was your keg, what would you set the PSI at. Time is not an issue.
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Oops, forgot the temp. Mini-fridge at around 37- 39F (it varies). I've seen the charts, but I don't really trust them. Is 10 PSI better, or 15 PSI?
Those charts are extremely reliable. My Zahm & Nagel gauge uses a nearly identical one for professional brewery carb testing.

At that temp, for that style, I'd put it at 13psi and leave it.
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Cool. Thanks. Just gotta wait it out now lol.
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Hmmm. I set it at 13 PSI and waited for a total of 3 weeks on the CO2 tank and it was overcarbed.

Either the gauge is reading wrong, or 13 PSI is just too high for this beer. Next time I'm trying 8 PSI and will see what happens.
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Why "next time"? Why not purge the co2 now and then lower the psi? It should off gas and equalize at the lower psi settling.
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In my experience, unless you have really long lines, 13 is about twice what you need.


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