Using a carbonation lid and stone device greatly decreases carbonation time. There are three different methods commonly used to force carbonate beer. For use on single strap handle kegs only.
- The set and forget. Recommend. Simply use a chart or tool and input the beer temperature and desired volume of CO2. Adjust your regulator to the PSI setting it tells you to and wait. This gives your beer time to mature and the CO2 will stop carbonating once it reaches an equilibrium. This method places a layer of CO2 on top of your beverage, as the beverage absorbs the CO2 carbonation slowly takes place. Fool proof but takes a few weeks for most styles.
- The shake, rattle and roll. Not recommended. Crank your gas up. Put the keg on it's side and roll it around. This pushes large bubbles of CO2 into contact with more surface area very aggressively. Problem is, you do not know how much CO2 you are forcing in and can overshoot your target volume. It also can leave an undesired "green" or "carbonic bite" taste.
- Carbonation lid. Recommended. By installing/attaching a carbonation stone (stone not included) you can achieve a very fast carbonation time. Just like the set and forget method adjust your beer temperature and regulator to the desired settings using a chart or software like this one: CLICK HERE. This method works fast because the stone breaks the CO2 up and injects tiny bubbles with huge amounts of surface area directly into your beer. Instead of making a blanket on top of it like the set and forget method. It will carbonate a five gallon keg overnight.
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