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Offline GYPSYDANGER87

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Kegging my first Amber Ale
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:34:29 PM »
Good afternoon Everyone - looking to get some feedback from a few kegging vets.  I kegged my first beer ever (Amber Ale) yesterday afternoon and would like to get it carbed by tonight (I am impatient). 

I racked the beer directly from my primary into my sanitized keg at room temp, connected the Co2 at 30 PSI, purged the O2 and let it chill over night in the fridge at around 38 deg to increase Co2 absorption.

I plan to go home this afternoon, turn off CO2 and bleed the headspace, then set to serving pressure and sample.  I dont expect to see a significant amount of carbonation yet.

Heres my question:  now that the solution is cold and has been at 30 PSI for 24 hours, is it worth the risk to agitate the beer in order to speed up carbonation (worried I might over shoot 2.5 vols after 24 hours at 30 PSI) or should I stay on the safe side and let it sit for another 24-30 hours and let it continue to carbonate? 

Any advice would be extremely helpful! 

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Re: Kegging my first Amber Ale
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 07:27:43 PM »
If I want to quick carb a beer I keep it at 30psi for 30 to 36 hours and then turn it down to serving pressure. 
In another 24 to s6 hours it's usually well carbonated. I add gelatin to the keg before transferring beer so the finings are working as it carbonates.
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Re: Kegging my first Amber Ale
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 08:23:38 PM »
You could turn off the pressure, shake the keg, turn the keg over and shake it again in order to fast carbonate so you can drink today.  Of course, this will shake up all the sediment.  If the pressure drops below your desired pressure, open and close the valve and shake again.   

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Re: Kegging my first Amber Ale
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2018, 07:14:58 AM »
Just crank it up and go down to serving pressure and if it’s not there crank it up again.  Learn from your experience. I’ve quick carbed beers, had friends force in co2 and roll them around for 30 minutes. Etc.

Now that I have a nice keg rotation going I just carb at 20 psi and wait a while.
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Re: Kegging my first Amber Ale
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 02:04:35 PM »
If I want to quick carb a beer I keep it at 30psi for 30 to 36 hours and then turn it down to serving pressure. 
In another 24 to s6 hours it's usually well carbonated. I add gelatin to the keg before transferring beer so the finings are working as it carbonates.
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Re: Kegging my first Amber Ale
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2018, 02:28:11 PM »
I understand the desire to sample your latest brew, but better results are gained from allowing your beer to carb over the course of a few days rather than shaking it all up (IMO). Leave it at 30 psi for a couple days, then drop it to serving pressure for a couple more days. After that it should be fairly ready to go!

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Re: Kegging my first Amber Ale
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2018, 04:52:38 AM »
If you do shake it to carb etc., you could also be shaking the sediment around.
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