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Old 04-19-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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I set up my first keg to force carb on Monday. I set it to 15 psi at 35 deg and I'm not getting any carbonation. The first sip is nice and fizzy, but the rest of the glass is flat. Am I keeping it too cold? Could they have simply pressurized my tank without giving me any CO2 (any way to find that out?)? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!



 
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Old 04-19-2008, 04:23 AM   #2
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Just give it a full week.


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Old 04-19-2008, 06:37 AM   #3
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yeah 4 days at 15 psi isn't enough for very much carbonation.
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:01 AM   #4
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Quote:
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Just give it a full week.
or maybe two...
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Old 04-19-2008, 01:59 PM   #5
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When I keg my beer, I give the keg a good shaking for a couple of minutes, you can hear the CO2 running in as it goes into solution. The easist way is to just give it time but agitating your beer will help the process along.

Also, the high pressure gage on your regulator should show a tank pressure around 500 psi. And if you really want to know how much CO2 is left in your tank, there should be a tare weight stampped on your tank, weigh your tank with a bathroom scale, subtract the weight of the tank and that's how many pounds of CO2 you have left (I think my 20lb tank had a tare weight of 23 lbs, so full of CO2 it weighed 43 lbs).

 
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:26 PM   #6
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Very well then. From what I had been reading off the Kegging Sticky, 3 days was the norm. Good to know otherwise. So is there any real benefit to force carb over natural?

 
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:26 PM   #7
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3 days at around 30 with some shaking, or a week or two at 10-15.
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You may want to reduce you pressure a bit though, 15 PSI @ 35 deg is about 3.1 volumes. Most beers are served somewhere betweem 1.5-2.5 vol (I prefer 2.5 for most ales).


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