Force Carbonation

Force Carbonation

There are 2 ways I’m aware of to Force Carbonate.

1st is the method I use most often. I think I read somewhere that you stand less of a chance for the beer to get stale, the drinkable

time frame of the beer last longer.

First, put the keg cold in the fridge not carbonated.  Cold beer with hold more C02 than warm beer will.

After kegging the beer, connect the tank and regulator to the beer turn the regulator up to 30 p.s.i. Purge the air in the keg so only


C02 is in the keg. Leave for at least 24 hours, release the pressure and set the the regular and tank on to hit the beer with 10 p.s.i. of C02.


This method will be less physical work than shaking 5 gallons of beer, and it does take a day or two of leaving the beer at a high p.s.i.

Pro: Less likely for beer to be stale or oxygenated

Con: Takes a few days to get carbonated, could drink flat beer.

2nd method is crank and shake.
After kegging beer connect the tank and regulator. Turn pressure on the regulator up to 30 p.s.i. Bleed off the oxygen, by opening the


keg valve, so only C02 is left in the keg. For 60 seconds shake the keg from side to side.

This will instantly give you carbonated beer, but I’ve heard that the beer stands a chance of going stale faster.  Before serving make sure to release keg pressure down to a serving level of 8 p.s.i to 10 p.s.i.


Pro: Instantly carbonated beer

Con: Higher chance of beer going stale. Beer can get over carbonated.

There are pros and cons to both methods. I guess it depends on the situation, for example if you need carbonated beer now for a party.

Normally when I brew I’m the only one drinking most of the keg. I want the keg to last as long as possible. It’s common for a keg of homebrew to last me 4 to 6 months. I use the first method.

Recently I brewed a beano beer. I thought the beer might have been infected, but I kegged it anyway. It’s only 2.5 gallons. I did the crank and shake to get instant carbonation. Beano beer is not infected, it’s a light beer with no body and no hops. I don’t care how long I have this beer on tap, I’m already planning my next brew.



Book and Stuff

beer memorabilia

Over time I’ve collected some beer memorabilia.  Above is a mirror I just picked up second hand.


Bud light


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I’m always looking for new beer memorabilia, if you have some your are looking to sell. Go to my contact page and tell me about it.


Book and Stuff



I went to Cincy Winter Beerfest.

Cincy winter beer fest has become the 5th largest beer fest in the U.S.  400 plus beers, it made choosing that to use my tickets for was tricky.  I hope to attend future Cincy Beer Fest.

I got an early admission ticket, so for $55 I got a beer sample cup, 25 beer tickets and ability to get into the event an hour before the regular admission.

I checked into the event early.  I got my wristband and meet up with friends at a local bar nearby.  Checking in early was very nice.  As the general public was lining up out the door, I was able to walk right into the even and grab a beer.  No one was short on the pours either.  All of the samples were full. My favorite beer at Cincy Beerfest hands down was Jackie-O Barrel Aged Dark Apparition. The beer went fast. There was many beers I had never had before, all samples I had where great.

I did have fun meeting new people, catching up with old friends.  I sampled many great beers I might not get a chance to try otherwise.


I don’t know who the band was, but they sounded good.  They mostly played older rock hits from Van Halen and Bon Jovi.

Getting there and Getting Home

Going to beer fest, I used a taxi alternative services for the first time.  Going to the even I used Lyft.  I downloaded the app, you put in where you are at and a drive comes and picks you up.  The first driver I tried to get actually called me and refused to come pick me up because he said I was too far away.

Then leaving beer fest I used the bigger taxi alternative Uber.  I mention both of these services because I wanted to pass along something I learned and didn’t know.  When you are at a big event and use Uber they can charge premium rates for picking you up.  I didn’t know this, the ride home cost a little more than planned due to a surcharge.  Uber didn’t save me much if anything over a cab.  I called a cab first when I saw the higher rate.  The taxi service said they will be right there.  I saw the taxi go by a few minutes later and not even stop.  When leaving an event, the premium cost goes down 20 minutes or so after the event.  I got a ride at less of a higher rate.

Something else the Uber driver told me I thought was a gross but humorous story.  If you puke in an Uber car you get penalized $200.  The Uber driver said the lady in the car before me said she was going to get sick, instead of puking in the Uber car she puked in her purse.  She didn’t get the $200 penalty, but I’m sure she needs a new purse.