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Carbonation where are you?
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:00:32 PM »
A rather mundane APA. A bit thin. No head retention. Kegged a few days too soon as evidenced by a very faint hint of acetaldehyde. Certain it's not infected. Bitterness is fine. Flavor not horrible. But even after a week at 15 psi / 65° then 24 hrs at 10psi 35°, almost no bubbles.

If I had to lay blame it was mashed too low and no body malt equals very thin and bubbles dissipate too quick.

Ever have this problem?

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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013, 05:22:24 PM »
I wouldn't expect much from the 15lb/65F. At 65F you'd need like 30lbs to get 2 volumes of CO2.  Now that it's at 35, take it out and shake it. Works best if you can keep it connected to the CO2 while you do this. Shake until you hear the CO2 flow slow down. 5-10min.
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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013, 05:34:47 PM »
Thanks I'll do that. I must have read the dang chart wrong.

Yup, just popped open BCS to the chart. For 2.5 I need 25 psi at 65°

Crud. I'll do the shaky trick.

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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2013, 05:49:46 PM »
Ladies and gentleman we have carbonation! Thanks my friend

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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2013, 05:54:53 PM »
You may be pleasantly surprised when you get that carbed up for a week or so.  When I'm in need of some quicker "non shaking" carbonation, I'll go 25-30lbs for a couple days.  Then set it back down to the required amount.
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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2013, 06:00:15 PM »
I hope so. I got a mug of foam so I'm letting it soak in. If it air fingers quote OK before, maybe it will be yummy with bubbs

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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2013, 06:05:36 PM »
+1 to Take it out and shake it!   :D

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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2013, 06:12:38 PM »
You may be pleasantly surprised when you get that carbed up for a week or so.  When I'm in need of some quicker "non shaking" carbonation, I'll go 25-30lbs for a couple days.  Then set it back down to the required amount.
+1.  That's my "quick method".  Chill first, then ~30 psi for 48 hours. More reliable for me than shaking.
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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2013, 06:18:44 PM »
Much better!


Entirely different now. What I thought was acetaldehyde is gone, nice hoppy cascade bite, and brought out a better malt backbone.

Glad I asked!
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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2013, 07:25:48 PM »
Much better!

Entirely different now. What I thought was acetaldehyde is gone, nice hoppy cascade bite, and brought out a better malt backbone.

Glad I asked!

Now look at that!  That looks mighty tasty!

I don't know if you live anywhere close to in Indy.  If you did I would just have to sample that!   So I'll just have to pour a glass here to enjoy your success with you!

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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2013, 07:47:44 PM »
Long way... Washington state. Klickitat to be precise.

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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2013, 07:57:31 PM »
Long way... Washington state. Klickitat to be precise.

Yeah, just a bit down the road from here....... 
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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2013, 07:21:47 AM »
Thought I could smell the hops and malt on my way through G'dale yesterday.

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Re: Carbonation where are you?
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2013, 07:32:32 AM »
Lol, could have been. The beer actually turned out pretty nice.