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Carbonation levels

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Different beer styles traditionally have different carbonation levels (see below), also known as Volumes. The level of carbonation in beer is a by-product of the temperature of the beer and the pounds per square inch (psi) of carbon dioxide applied to it. Carbonation levels will fluctuate if either the temperature or psi is changed.

For more information, check out this great carbonation chart from Northern Brewer

(Link is dead, try this pdf instead. Chart is at bottom.)

[edit] Traditional Carbonation Levels

British Ale: 1.8 to 2.2 volumes

German Lager: 2.5 volumes

American Lagers and Ale: 2.6 to 2.8 volumes

Wheat Beers: 3.0 volumes