How to Force Carbonate your Homebrew Beer! Cut off 2 weeks!

By Brian Lemay 1 comment


Force carbonating your kegs allows you
to enjoy your beer much faster than natural carbonation with priming sugar
cutting, as much as two weeks off of your brewing schedule. There are a handful of
methods for forced carbonation out there. Here are two of the most popular. With
either method you need to start with a cold keg because co2 dissolves in liquid
way better when it’s cold. we recommend below 36 degrees for the
best results. Start by setting your regulator pressure to 40 psi and making
sure your valves are open. Connect your grey coupler to the gas in post and you
will hear a shot gas into the Keg. Carefully hold the keg over your knees
and rock it side to side for about two minutes getting the liquid moving around
inside the keg allows the gas from the headspace to be dissolved all throughout
the beer. This method is widely used because it does not require you to
change anything about your setup. You can go from carbonating right to dispensing. As in the first method pressurize your
regulator to 40 psi and open the valves. Instead of connecting to the gas in post
you connect the co2 line to the liquid out post, so that the gas goes to the
bottom of the keg and bubbles up through the beer, helping it to dissolve better.
Once connected vigorously shake the keg back and forth for about two minutes
then let it rest until you hear the CO2 stop bubbling through. If you
have MFL fittings on your couplers and can easily switch the black liquid
coupler to your gas line, we prefer this method because we’ve had better results
and you can hear the co2 bubbling through the beer, as opposed to just
filling up the headspace. Whichever method you choose allow the keg to
settle for about 15 to 20 minutes after taking before slowly relieving the
pressure from your keg using the release valve. If you do this too soon or too
fast it can spray beer all over the place, so be patient you can drink the
beer immediately after shaking it if you’re in a hurry but the first few
beers can taste sharp because of the increased levels of carbonic acid. That
taste will go away after a short time. There are many different ways to force
carbonate so find a way that works for you and keep making delicious beer! Tell
us your favorite method in the comments below and subscribe for more home
brewing tips!

1 Comment

Sam Aarts

May 5, 2018, 3:59 am Reply

For method 2, would you recommend purging the headspace with CO2 before connecting CO2 to the beer outlet and carbonating? Else wouldn’t air be trapped in the headspace? Thanks, Sam

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