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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

You do not want to do this. Carboys are not meant to hold pressure and will break. If you want clearer beer, aging it longer in a carboy and/or using something like gelatin or whirlfloc will greatly ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

I agree with JesseB1234 and Mr_road. I did it myself a few times and results may vary. I had one cork poping up out of 5 bottles. It is not ideal, but if you have no other option, here are a few ...
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Putting a stopper in a fermenter if you leave it for a long time

Like above, I've found corney kegs to be a great sealed aging container. Couple notes. I wouldn't allow any pressure in any glass carboy. Below is box from 6gal Italian glass carboy. ! PSI is pounds ...
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kegged cider CO2 foam, not much sparkle though

Your cider was flat when you drank it because it lost much of its CO2 when you were transferring it from the keg to the bottle, as evidenced by the foam. The gold standard for filling bottles from a ...
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Residual CO2 from fermentation as a function of altitude

Here's some resources on some carbonation basics. I too have not seen a chart made for residual cO2 but would be a great tool if someone made it. However most of it has been done by force carbonation ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

I have done so before and it was OK, but... you do run the risk of them blowing up. If you do close them off I would cork them and leave them pointing up, so hopefully the corks would pop before the ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

The bottles will probably be fine, although they are not made for being under pressure so don’t take my word for it. But how do you want to close them off? Corks without some sort of cage will pop ...
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Residual CO2 from fermentation as a function of altitude

There actually is a simple formula that can be applied to this: Vr = 4.85 * Pa / 12.4 * T Where: Vr = Volumes of CO2 Pa = Absolute pressure, in PSI T = Temperature, in degrees F You'd just need ...
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How to remove/service static relief valve on a pin lock keg?

Just put a tool that fits this square hole and unscrew it counter clockwise (normal thread). A large enough flat screwdriver can be used between 2 corners, to. Inadequate tools could damage the ...
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Troubleshooting wild pours from kegerator

'because I'm still getting extremely foamy pours two and three pours from the first, I don't think heat is the major cause of these problems.' I think you're right. If your fridge really is 32 deg. ...
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High Altitude Nitro

The carbonation process shouldn't matter with respect to your altitude. Inside your keg is a closed system. So the same rules of temperature and pressure applied will get you the same volumes of CO2. ...
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Can a keg explode?

Just to be clear this is regarding steel or aluminium kegs... in the end they'll all fail at a high enough pressure but will they explode or will they leak first (not everything explodes)? In ...
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Putting a stopper in a fermenter if you leave it for a long time

That would be fine as long as the fermenter can handle some pressure. It might even improve your beer. But if you're traveling a relief valve is pretty much required (like a cornelius keg). Beer ...
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Pressure is dropping while force carbonating

I hate to say it but you have a leak. Unless the fill on the tank is near empty as the beer carbonates neither gauge should be moving one set. Get a spray bottle and fill it with StarSan or a dilute ...
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How do I open a pressurized bottle of home-made wine?

Ah, yes... I see now how this went explodey. If you are just taking juice dumping in bakers yeast and wanting wine, you can do this it is simple, won't taste great but will be wine. I would advise ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

I thought about using wine bottles, but then I discovered that you can put a cap onto champagne bottles using a 29mm cap. However, you will need a capper that allows you to swap the bell to 29mm.
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

No, standard wine bottles are not meant to hold much pressure at all. Less than one atmosphere and then will easily break. Believe me, I've had wine that was barely fizzy and bottles started to pop. ...
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How to fill a Corny with Commercial Beer

This begs the question: Why not just serve out of the commercial keg? You need at least the sanke keg valve anyways. I have done this to empty commercial kegs that needed shells returned asap. ...
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Can I use my CO2 regulator as a inside keg pressure checker?

The regulator will give you a reading of the pressure inside the keg, but will not release the pressure the way a spunding valve would -- you'll have to do that manually.
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No carbonation in pressure barrel

Yes, you can add more sugar for carbonation, or inject CO2 and start drinking. However, for cider I would recommend leaving it in secondary for 1 year, (conditioning). If you don't have time for ...
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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

Aside from the pressure in glass issue, you will lose too much carbonation transferring it to the bottles after.
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Is Fermentation without airlock possible in bottle?

Is it bad to produce beer like this? ( i don't have money to buy airlock). I wouldn't call it ideal, but it is fine. The only purpose of an airlock is to allow air to escape and not enter. Should I ...
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Co2 regulator pressure vs flow

A flow regulator and a pressure regulator are entirely different things. In general, a flow regulator consists of an adjustable constriction that limits the flow of a gas (or liquid, as the case may ...
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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

I wondered if i could close the carboy with a plug, and simply bottle it when carbonation is done; but i've read that the carboy could explode (!!!). So; is it a good or bad idea? Otherwise i thought ...
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Air burst when pouring from Keg

It sounds like you need to tune your serving lines. Beer should be served at the pressure needed for it's co2 volumes at serving temp. For example a beer at 2.5 volumes needs 12 PSI at 38°. A ...
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How to fully carbonate a keg with no beer line at very low serving pressure?

You can't increase the carbonation without increasing the pressure or decreasing the temperature. Presumably the temperature is about right, so that leaves the pressure. It sounds like you need to ...
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No carbonation in pressure barrel

I'm no cider guy, so can't comment on time in secondary etc., but yes, you can do either of those things. Rouse is spot on with his priming suggestion. As for force carbing, you can shake the keg ...
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Minimum working pressure of stainless fermenter to carbonate in fermenter

0.1 MPa is 14.8 psi, which is within the 12-18 PSI range you would need to reasonable carbonate most beers at 40-50 degF with roughly 2.0-3.0 volumes of CO2. At 14 psi and 40 degF you would be good ...
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How do I open a pressurized bottle of home-made wine?

There is a very simple way of doing this. Ferment whatever juice you have to dryness in bottle different from the final bottle. 1 gallon glass jug would work. Use some wine yeast. Transfer wine/...
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At what pressure reading should I refill my CO2 tank?

When the tank runs out the residual pressure in the tank and in the keg should be the same and will remain the same if no beer is dispensed. Furthermore, if some of the beer has been drank the gas ...
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