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Old 09-23-2008, 12:13 AM   #1
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I just finished kegging a few cornies and had a little bit left over, so we filled a 2L bottle with the remaining brew. It's currently sitting in the fridge getting chilled, then I'm going to hook up a carbonator cap and force carb it. What is the quickest way to do this? I was planning on hooking it up at 30 psi and I'm hoping to sample it tonight.


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I just finished kegging a few cornies and had a little bit left over, so we filled a 2L bottle with the remaining brew. It's currently sitting in the fridge getting chilled, then I'm going to hook up a carbonator cap and force carb it. What is the quickest way to do this? I was planning on hooking it up at 30 psi and I'm hoping to sample it tonight.
That should work, especially if you shake it while hooked up to the co2. Then, let it sit so the foam will settle. Have the brew chilled before you start, and that will help.


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Ok - now another question. How long do I need to shake for? Should I just test its carbonation little by little? Thanks for the quick reply, btw.
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Ok - now another question. How long do I need to shake for? Should I just test its carbonation little by little? Thanks for the quick reply, btw.
Just shake until no more gas goes in, and the plastic bottle stays nice and hard. Then, keep it chilled and see if it softens up. If it starts to feel softer, turn up the co2 and gently shake until you don't hear any more co2 going in. It should be carbed up in an hour or so.
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Worked like a charm, thanks again!
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This may have already been answered, I just couldn't find where. But has anyone attempted to replace the carbonator with a regular soda bottle cap after it was carbonated? I would think it should hold some carbonation for at least a couple of days.

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Bump. Same question as above. Just got one of these. Do you have to drink the brew/soda as soon as you remove the gas disconnect? Or do I remove the gas disconnect BUT leave the carbonator cap on?

I assume once the carbonator cap is removed, its just like a 2L soda where its good for a day or so.
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[...]I assume once the carbonator cap is removed, its just like a 2L soda where its good for a day or so.
That's the one right there.

fwiw, I put any leftovers after kegging (usually a quart or so) in a two liter bottle and use the shake'n'bake fast carb method (set to appropriate pressure versus temperature to hit desired CO2 volumes, then shake until the gas stops flowing). Literally instantly carbed beer - with all the good and bad that implies...

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I've only used mine to take already carbonated beer away from home.

I just have one cap so far. If I'm going to do more than one, I'll hit the first one (already chilled) with 20psi for an hour, then quickly swap the carbonator for a regular cap. Works just fine.

One thing I make sure to do is, after all foam has settled, squeeze the bottle until you have zero headspace then install the cap and juice it with CO2. I'd rather not have any air in there, especially if I'm going to be moving it around much.
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This may have already been answered, I just couldn't find where. But has anyone attempted to replace the carbonator with a regular soda bottle cap after it was carbonated? I would think it should hold some carbonation for at least a couple of days. Thanks.
After you carb the bottle, let it sit for a few hours in the fridge. Then replace the carbonator cap with the regular cap. It will hold the carbonation and be fine. I've done this for every batch I've ever brewed with great success.


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