Force Carbonate Corny Keg With This Trick

For the past 3 years, I’ve been kegging my homebrew.  The time saved on clean up, bottling, etc. has been tremendous; I highly recommend kegging your beer.  Sure, you’ll need to spend some upfront money on kegging equipment, but it is worth it in the end.

With kegging my beer, I always tried to force carbonate corny kegs.  This is when your force C02 in your corny keg to carbonate your beer in 2-3 days.  For years, I’ve missed the mark, so I went the traditional approach of priming sugar, until I came across these couple steps that I had down, but just needed to tweak my approach.  Here’s what I’ve gathered that will allow your beer to be carbonated in 2-3 days:

  • Once fermentation is complete, and you are ready to keg, be sure all is sanitized.  I’m sure you already know this,  just a reminder.
  • Connect your C02 tank to the in valve of your keg and turn on to 30 psi and stick in refrigerator.  Keep it at 30 psi for 2 days.
  • On day 3, turn off your C02 and disconnect hose from the keg.
  • Purge the keg by lifting the key.  You will hear a loud hissing.  Do NOT purge the whole keg, listen to the purge until it’s almost complete. You want to leave some pressure, so use your ears and judgement as the gauge. You have a regulator that determines amount of pressure in keg, you want that to be at 10 psi, and adjust accordingly.
  • Attach the C02 and set at 8-10 psi, depending on your system and pour.
  • Connect the out line and have a pint.

I hope these tips and step by step instructions help carbonate your beer quickly, so you do not have to wait 10-14 days waiting for carbonation.  The anticipation and suspense can be rough, so kegging and force carbonating is great for those impatient homebrewers like myself.



Mich”ale and An”brew”
Homebrew School


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