Are you talking a corny keg? If so:rsitzejr said:What is the shelf life of a keg? Once I brew it, keg it, naturally carbonate it, how long will the beer last, with and without refrigeration? Basically I would like to keep 2 or 3 kegs rotating.
And you leave the CO2 attached the whole 36 hours? Last time I dumped 30lbs until it stopped bubbling, then shut the CO2 valve off.ORRELSE said:I've done both--I like force carbing better. You'll get the hang of it--it just takes some experimenting. All methods vary. Everyone does it a little differently. I think just about 24-36 hours under 30 psi works for me every time.
Just set your regulator to the pressure necessary to dissolve enough CO2 for your carbonation level (use the charts), hook it up and leave it alone for about 5 to 7 days. Yes, you have to wait a little longer, but face it, letting it age a few more days will make it better anyway.soymateofeo said:Leave it connected. This is what I do and it seems to have worked.
1. I run CO2 in to the empty for a few seconds to drive any air out and leave just CO2. Maybe this works and maybe it doesn't but I know that CO2 is heaver than air so I assume it drives it out the top. ASSUME!
2. Rack to the keg and put the lid on.
3. Fill the gas space with CO2 and purge. Then do it again a few times. This is to remove oxygen to limit oxidation. This pressure also seals the keg.
4. I then set the pressure to 15-20 psi and shake the hell out of it every hour or so for the next day. The beer will absorb CO2 better at lower temperatures, around 40 degrees F.
5. Takes a day or 2 to fully carbonate.
If anybody has any way to improve my method, help me out!