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boapiu:
trying to get a 2.5 gal keg carbonated in a shorter time frame than normal. I figured I would shake it a bit after it reached a colder temp. My question is: how often to rattle it's cage and for about how long. the keg is connected to a Co2 at about 10-12 psi. That is about the pressure I am aiming for on the other 5 gal keg connected to the same system.

So...... how much shaking and how often. I can just use instincts and go with what feels right, but I thought I would ask? Thanks.

tschmidlin:
If that is your serving pressure for the planned temperature, you can shake it as much as you like and it will never get over carbonated.  When the beer gets to temp, just shake away.  20 minutes should be enough to get it done, depending on how vigorously you shake it and the amount of head space.

euge:
If the beer is cold it should carbonate within minutes and some good shaking. Maybe a couple minutes and let sit for 30, vent and then try a glass. Not carbonated enough? Add a bit more...

I carbed up a two liter of beer last night and it took about thirty seconds.

boapiu:
thanks. i kinda was figuring on just giving it a go and see how it works out. I have five days and itmis only 2 1/2 gallons. do you think that because it is half the volume of a 5 gallon keg it will take less time to reach saturation? just wondering

dcbc:
Tom is right, if you have time, you can shake it at serving pressure and not overcarbonate.  However, if you don't want to shake it for 20 minutes, you can boost the pressure to about 30 psi, lay the keg on its side, and roll it back and forth with your feet on it while you're sitting in a chair.  I do this to a 5 gallon keg for 4 minutes, 30 seconds.  3 minutes ought to do it for a 2.5--3 gallon keg.  After this, I remove the CO2 from the keg, but don't vent it.  Put it in the serving fridge for about 6 hours.  Then, vent the CO2 and attach the CO2 tank at serving pressure.

It's usually carbonated enough to drink at this point, but always benefits from a day or so on the gas.  I'd rather be under than over with this method.  And I've never been over except when I left the gas hooked up in a fridge at what I thought was serving pressure and had the regulator creep up over a few days or weeks without my knowledge.  That's why I always do the shake method.  My problem with set it and forget it is that I forget it and bad things seem to happen.