So, I kegged my first time (straight from a 3.5wk primary vs 2wk, which I recommend). I tried a little bit of the "force carb", i.e. set to 25-30psi and agitate the keg until I didn't hear any more consistent CO2 flow. I tried not to overdo it.
I then wanted to "Reset" down and set to 10psi (American Ale style). So, I tried to use my little bleeder cap (pin lock keg) but every time I tried to release off the gas post I got foam/beer coming out as well.
So, I gave up (ok, technically I tried to pour a couple of beers just to see what would happen, and it was 90% foam that settled into 50% carbonated beer... a good start I think), and set it to 10psi and put it in the fridge to 34F.
Now, if my science-fu is strong, which it may not be, I believe/hope the following to be true, and would your help confirming:
1) the foam coming out when I tried to bleed at first was from the beer being agitated and foamy and not a clean CO2 head at the top to "purge". If I let it chill and settle, should I be able to purge from the gas post as necessary w/o liquid coming out?
2) after the beer chills more (it was at about 50F during initial carbing), leaving it stationary and gas line on to 10psi should continue/finish the carbonation process, and "level" off as the liquid absorbs the excess (and then constant) pressure, assuming I didn't somehow manage to heavily overcarb the beer itself (which I don't think I did based on the sample).
3) I'm making it harder than it needs to be. RDWHA-hopefully-carbonated-HB-in-a-couple-days
I have to say it was fun, and I think I did it OK. This was my first time using a carboy (super cool to be able to watch it for a change), an auto-siphon (luxury but nice), cold crashing (very useful), and kegging (just cool in general).
Comments, answers, and accusations welcome :)