Homebrewers Association  AHA Forum
General Category => Kegging and Bottling => Topic started by: gmac on February 10, 2012, 10:21:57 am

I hear this a lot..."carbonate to 2 volumes" or 2.5 or 1.5 or whatever.
I have always assumed that it means that 1L of CO2 dissolved in 1L of beer would be 1 volume but I have no idea if this is really what it means or not. I know 1 is fairly flat, 3 is fairly fizzy but what exactly does a "volume" mean?
Thanks

1 volume is 1 liter of CO2 at 1 atmosphere in 1 liter of fluid (beer).
Here's a handy chart to reference.
(http://www.goallgrain.com/wpcontent/uploads/2011/05/050411_0151_Carbonation2.png)

I over thought it for a long time. Maybe you are too. It is the common use of the word "volume" meaning an amount of enclosed space. One volume of CO2 in a Corny keg is the amount of volume that will fit in the volume of a Corny keg. The fun thing is that because there is space between molecules, that it really doesn't matter whether there is anything else in the keg  like beer. It still holds the same amount of CO2 at one volume. Now the reason why we use this description of how much gas will fit into a given volume, is that if we have more than normal pressure  say twice, for example  then we can get two volumes into the same keg. So two volumes is the same as saying twice atmospheric pressure. That is easy because it doesn't rely on you knowing what the atmospheric pressure of CO2 is.

1 volume is 1 liter of CO2 at 1 atmosphere in 1 liter of fluid (beer).
Woudn't it be dependent on the volume the beer occupies? As in  a 5 gallons of beer in a keg at 2.5 volumes contains 12.5 gallons of CO2 in .....
Nevermind, that what you wrote.