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Old 04-13-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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Now that my first two kegs are carbed up the instructions (as well as what i have been reading) say to set the kegs to 5 psi for serving pressure. My question is, can i leave the kegs always set at 5 psi to serve or should i turn the CO2 off and only turn it back on to 5 psi when i am ready to serve?

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Old 04-13-2008, 05:53 PM   #2
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5 psi is really low for a serving pressure. Most systems seem to pour best (and maintain carb levels) between 10-15 psi. Depends on your system.

And as long as your system is leak-free, there's no reason to shut off the CO2 between servings.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:44 PM   #3
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check the kegging sticky at the top of the forum for a link about line balancing.

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:52 PM   #4
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That seems a bit low to me and I don't se any reason to turn the CO2 off. I use picnic taps and set it at 10 psi.

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Old 04-15-2008, 10:41 PM   #5
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If you leave it at 5psi, your beer is gonna de-carbonate down to whatever 5psi gives for CO2 volumes.

You'll be better off at 10-12psi, and balance the system with approriate length of tap lines.
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