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General Category => Kegging and Bottling => Topic started by: will on December 25, 2010, 05:44:41 AM

Title: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
Post by: will on December 25, 2010, 05:44:41 AM
I'm sure that this has been brought up before. How much sugar does it take, and how long? Want to naturally carbonate my trippel.
Title: Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
Post by: euge on December 25, 2010, 05:53:35 AM
Sure. You want something around 2.3 volumes? About 4 ounces of table sugar. I'd give it 2+ weeks at around 70F then chill when ready for at least 24 hours. You'll still need something to push the beer out with. This just carbs the beer.

Have fun.
Title: Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
Post by: oscarvan on December 25, 2010, 01:58:15 PM
And the next question is, is the result any different than if you were to just hook it up and carbonate it? The only thing I can think of is that some of the yeast in suspension would drop out and the beer would be (a little) clearer?
Title: Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
Post by: euge on December 25, 2010, 05:48:55 PM
And the next question is, is the result any different than if you were to just hook it up and carbonate it? The only thing I can think of is that some of the yeast in suspension would drop out and the beer would be (a little) clearer?

That does happen, but it is affected by a variety of factors, such as type of yeast used. And it's a tiny amount. My experience is that primarily it doesn't affect clarity in my brewery. If a brewer is brewing lagers, filtering, fining or clearing their ales intentionally before carbonation this technique wouldn't make sense. It's not appropriate for everyone, but a tool to be used.

Tell me though, are you seeing any sludge in the bottom of your kegs when you open them after the last beer?
Title: Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
Post by: oscarvan on December 25, 2010, 06:00:12 PM
Haven't noticed, didn't look very hard though..... Don't get any in the beer either.....just a slight haziness which I don't mind. It's all nutrition..... ;D
Title: Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
Post by: euge on December 25, 2010, 06:15:03 PM
Haven't noticed, didn't look very hard though..... Don't get any in the beer either.....just a slight haziness which I don't mind. It's all nutrition..... ;D

Haha! Agreed!   :D
Title: Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
Post by: maxieboy on December 25, 2010, 07:08:54 PM
Haven't noticed, didn't look very hard though..... Don't get any in the beer either.....just a slight haziness which I don't mind. It's all nutrition..... ;D

Once you can get a keg to last more than a week or two, you'll likely see that haze go away. Time and temp are your friends in this case.
Title: Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
Post by: oscarvan on December 25, 2010, 07:41:49 PM
Haven't noticed, didn't look very hard though..... Don't get any in the beer either.....just a slight haziness which I don't mind. It's all nutrition..... ;D

Once you can get a keg to last more than a week or two, you'll likely see that haze go away. Time and temp are your friends in this case.

Yes, actually four or five days makes a difference. I'm trying to get to the point where I can keg and then carbonate and let it sit for another week.....Not easy during the holidays. Like I said, the stuff is popular.