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Kegging and Bottling / Force Carbonation and Volumes CO2
« on: April 29, 2010, 07:48:17 PM »
I've been kegging for probably about a year now, but my methods are haphazard at best.  I usually pump up the pressure in the keg to 20-30 psi let it sit for a week and give it a try to gauge if its done or not.  Now that I'm a bit more serious, I want to avoid those over/under carbonated beers, and I've been wondering about ways to be a bit more precise with my carbonation levels.  I've read an article here and there about carbonation and "volumes CO2" but to be honest the phrase means very little to me.   It seems like understanding this concept would be a great way to really control carbonation levels, and I'd love to learn more.  As an fyi I run 2 kegs from a split line on a single pressure source.  Any information or recommended resources on the topic would be appreciated.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging Advice - Am I crazy for offering?
« on: April 29, 2010, 07:34:31 PM »
I would recommend the two keg system if you have the space/means of brewing the larger batches.  I find its nice to have the extra beer around for anyone looking for a growler.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Flat Beer
« on: April 29, 2010, 07:27:50 PM »
Agreed.  I've found I have trouble  getting a good seal on my kegs unless I blast up the pressure first to set everything into place.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparge Water
« on: April 29, 2010, 07:18:37 PM »
To measure the volume on my brewpot I just used a wooden dowel which I marked with a pencil.  Nothing fancy but it gets the job done with reasonable accuracy and consistency. 
Also I'd recommend keeping track as best you can all your volume measurements for a while.  This will help you better understand how your system operates, which is really what it all comes down to.  Once you get used to things you'll find you have to think about it alot less to get the desired results.

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