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Offline Daytondave

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Carbinating Question
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:55:48 AM »
This winter I built a keezer and will be kegging beer for the fist time. I am new at this so please bear with me. My first keg will be easy, hook it up, force carbonate, and then turn the regulator down for dispensing. But what do I do if I want to add a second keg a few weeks later? I can't turn the regulator up or it will mess with dispending the first keg. I could use the valves on the distributor to control the CO2 but this seems too random, but then again, that may be the whole point to the valves. Ideas?

Offline KellerBrauer

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Re: Carbinating Question
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 10:15:34 AM »
Greetings Daytondave - I can't comment on the regulator question because I bottle.  But I can give kudos for the very nice work on your keezer!
I'm done brewing for a while. :(  The "sight glass" on my Polar Ware 15 gal. brew kettle took a dump for the 4th time and Polar Ware can't come up with a fix and their response to this issue ignored the fact that their plastic sight gauge repeatedly fails under normal operating conditions!! >:(

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Re: Carbinating Question
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 07:56:41 AM »
If you want to carb faster at a higher pressure then you'll have to use the shutoff valves at your manifold.  If you don't mind waiting, keep the pressure consistent and the 2nd beer will carb up in a couple weeks.

The former is what I do.  The carbonation of the 1st beer will be enough pressure to serve it while its shutoff is closed.  If you do run out of pressure in keg 1, just pop open the shutoff valve for a second or two to bump it up.  You could keep that shutoff closed for a long time and wouldn't lose carbonation.  Kind of a dance, but worth it to carb quickly in my book.

Once keg 2 is carbed and both shutoffs are open, unless you have check valves, they'll more or less equalize over time.  So I personally don't overthink the differences in carbonation levels for different brew styles.