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Kegging PSI Question
« on: February 29, 2016, 11:54:05 PM »
I've kegged my mild (although haven't put pressure on it yet). From what I've read the average volume for this style is around 1.65, I'll be setting my PSI around 4 PSI.

I understand how to look at and apply the various PSI carbonation charts online. I just don't understand if there is a formula that helps figure out how long it will take to reach this level. Any ideas?


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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2016, 11:59:40 PM »
It'll be mostly carbed at a week, fully at 2 weeks.
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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2016, 12:11:17 AM »
It'll be mostly carbed at a week, fully at 2 weeks.

That seems like a long time to wait for my liking.

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2016, 12:17:05 AM »
It'll be mostly carbed at a week, fully at 2 weeks.

That seems like a long time to wait for my liking.



I normally go 30ish for 48 hours, then set to serving pressure, but since he's wanting to fine tune the light mild carbing, the old fashioned way is pretty foolproof.
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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2016, 01:53:59 AM »
It'll be mostly carbed at a week, fully at 2 weeks.

That seems like a long time to wait for my liking.



I normally go 30ish for 48 hours, then set to serving pressure, but since he's wanting to fine tune the light mild carbing, the old fashioned way is pretty foolproof.

Agreed.  I run my carbing the same way.

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2016, 02:23:22 AM »
I just shake at serving pressure, off and on, for a couple hours, then tap it the next day.
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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2016, 03:08:43 PM »
Try carbing at 10 psi overnight and then set to serving pressure.  If you overcarb it will be no big deal.  I hope your tap and lines are designed to dispense at 4 psi.

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2016, 03:25:04 PM »

I hope your tap and lines are designed to dispense at 4 psi.

What do you mean? Typically I'll serve and carb around 11 or so for most of my beers. I've set the regulator to much lower while filling growlers and bottles. All was good.

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2016, 04:12:55 PM »
When you fill bottles and growlers you want as little head as possible.  If you want some head on a beer carbonated at 4 psi, you'll want to balance your system by having much shorter lines plus your beer will pour faster.

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2016, 04:20:33 PM »

When you fill bottles and growlers you want as little head as possible.  If you want some head on a beer carbonated at 4 psi, you'll want to balance your system by having much shorter lines plus your beer will pour faster.

Hmmm, haven't thought about that. Since I'm not planning on modifying my two lines right now I guess I'll have to deal w no head on that beer! Any other work arounds?

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2016, 04:32:41 PM »

When you fill bottles and growlers you want as little head as possible.  If you want some head on a beer carbonated at 4 psi, you'll want to balance your system by having much shorter lines plus your beer will pour faster.

Hmmm, haven't thought about that. Since I'm not planning on modifying my two lines right now I guess I'll have to deal w no head on that beer! Any other work arounds?

I'm imagining that you have a keezer or kegerator with taps on the outside.  You could do a picnic tap with about 2 feet of typical beer line (3/16" diameter?) and then open the keezer or kegerator to pour the beer. 

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2016, 04:35:12 PM »
I wonder how beer bars deal w this? Surely they don't modify lines when a mild gets thrown on.

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2016, 04:42:20 PM »
What I've done for low carb bitters has been to just crack the tap open slightly, and basically pour a glass of foam. Do it right, and it'll even cascade a bit like a nitro beer. Once the foam settles to an appropriate level I'll top the glass off, opening the tap all the way.

I've been running my kegerator at 55oF and dispensing at 12 psi with no real issues.
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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2016, 04:44:23 PM »

I wonder how beer bars deal w this? Surely they don't modify lines when a mild gets thrown on.
There are multiple possibilities, but I'd say it really depends on the bar. "High end" beer bars should be doing something to ensure a style is poured at its best.

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Re: Kegging PSI Question
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2016, 04:47:03 PM »

What I've done for low carb bitters has been to just crack the tap open slightly, and basically pour a glass of foam. Do it right, and it'll even cascade a bit like a nitro beer. Once the foam settles to an appropriate level I'll top the glass off, opening the tap all the way.

I've been running my kegerator at 55oF and dispensing at 12 psi with no real issues.

So you carbonate at that level for Milds?