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Kegging and Bottling / force carbonation
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:51:09 PM »
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.

Kegging and Bottling / balancing ?
« on: January 16, 2012, 04:03:17 PM »
I just read on a web site from long ago about something the author termed balancing. the idea was that the pressure required to force carbonate was higher than that desired to dispense between different kegs. this was very interesting to me as I am getting ready to add up to four kegs of (possibly) different beers inside my beer fridge, under one Co2 source. since the kegs will be added at approximately two week intervals, some will be in the force carbonation stage while the ones with the most tenure will have been on tap for a month or more. my Co2 tank is outside the fridge and I don't want to get a secondary regulator or drill another hole to run a second air line into the fridge so I can have two different pressures - one for serving and another for force carbonating.
So.... here is the jist, by using a longer length of beer line for the tap (20 feet of 1/4"), the pressure is reduced - or something like that - and the beer dispenses without the foam from being under too much psi. huh???
why didnt i think of that, or at least read it on one of the many manufacturers web sites? ps. some of them have lots of info on kegging but not so much on enabling you to get by without buying more stuff. duh, again.
oh well, i am going to try it as soon as my distribution manifold arrives and the next batch is ready to keg. of course, this assumes brewing outpaces consumption, up to now, this has been a problem.
is there a good source of info on the reduction in pressure - relating to dispensing beer - as the length of the tubing increases?
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Kegging and Bottling / Sweet bottled beer
« on: December 18, 2011, 02:19:10 PM »
How can this be? I brewed a great ten gallon all grain pale ale. When ready, I kegged half and then added priming sugar - carefully calculated according to the book - and bottled the remaining five gallons. In about a week I was drinking some of my best brew yet out of the keg. Now it is five weeks and I chilled some of the bottles to enjoy while catching some games. It tastes like sugar! WTFO!
Only one bottle so I hopeit was a fluke. During the ensuing five weeks I have brewed and kegged and drank two other batches from my kegs and they were wonderful. I also bottled some and I am hoping they won't be sweet tasting. ONCE AGAIN, THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF PRIMING SUGAR ACCORDING TO THE BOOK. did I miss something else or should I just get more kegging stuff and recycle ALL my bottles? I will also need another beer fridge.
Thanks in advance.

Kegging and Bottling / Stop applying Co2, what happens.
« on: November 19, 2011, 07:41:53 PM »
Getting ready to bring one more keg online and had to disconnect one. Hooked up a Co2 dispenser thingy to make the beer available but as a few days passed it seems the keg that was cut from the Co2 bottle began to lose carb!? Is this possible or my imagination? The keg had been fully carbonated and consumed for a couple weeks (maybe less)  while connected to the tank. my question is whether or not beer in a keg can lose carbonation if it is disconnected from the Co2 bottle. Seems as though it has already absorbed as much as it can and should hold it. Hummmmmm.
Ps. I plan to implement some kind of distribution plumbing so I can keep all three kegs hooked up,in the future.

Yeast and Fermentation / How many builds for a starter?
« on: October 25, 2011, 03:36:50 PM »
I'm just experimenting with a yeast starter and have added a second serving of wort which resulted in an additional day or two of activity. Now things have stopped and I added another serving of wort and am waiting to see if more fermentation and yeast growth occurs. I don't plan to brew again for about a week or so. Can this starter keep going through this cycling until then? I read in one of the brewing bibles about a starter that had been build up several times but there was no information about how this was done and what, if any, was the limit. My intention is to increase the pitching rate without having to buy so many vials of liquid yeast. This starter was from new vial of liquid yeast. Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / ? are some posts/kegs interchangeable?
« on: October 02, 2011, 02:06:45 PM »
I have some small kegs (2.5 - 3 gallon) with no markings to reveal if they are corny, firestone or spartan. I also have an assortment of posts, some pin but most ball lock. I have no idea what goes with what. I can only try them out by charging the keg and leak check. Most of the posts look like spartan but there are some pin locks that don't look like anything. And the poppers all look like they should belong to corny posts but, like I said, none of the posts look like corny. So.... How much interchangeability is there with these things? Or should I just RDWHAHB? of course, I am doing that but also trying to figure out this mess of kegs I have.
Ps. I bought these as partmof a much larger all grain system and the kegs and Co2 stuff were incidental. But now I am aiming toward 10 gallon batches and legging needs to be part of that. TIA

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