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Kegging and filling bottles

Posted by Neil Bamford, October 29th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The number one cause of excessive foaming is overcarbonated beer.  Over-carbonated beer contains more CO2 in solution than is stable at the given pressure and temperature.  Any change in pressure or increase in temperature will cause this excess CO2 to come out of solution causing excessive foaming and gas bubbles in the beer line.  Therefore, when carbonating your beer, DO NOT “speed gas” it by applying more than the dispensing pressure. EVER. There is no way to control the amount of CO2 entering the beer using this method!  Apply the correct amount of pressure (typically 8-12 PSI) and let it sit for a week or so to carbonate.  If you do want to speed it along somewhat, you can roll/shake the keg, but NEVER exceed the recommended pressure of 8-12 PSI for your desired carbonation level.  Most Homebrewing books contain carbonation charts.  If you believe you have over-carbonated your beer, you MAY be able to reduce the carbonation level over several days by pulling the pressure relief valve on the top of the keg to vent the gas.  Do this several times per day until you have vented the excess carbonation.

The Blichmann BeerGun is the most intuitive bottle filler on the market to use when filling growlers or bottles. We have sold them to professional breweries that are using them exclusivly for growler fills as you can Co2 purge and fill from the bottle with little to no foaming issues. I use the beer gun to fill all my bottles for competitions and have never been happier. Yes you can make a hillbilly counter pressure bottle filler for under 10 bucks but you get what you pay for and my beer is too good to loose a bunch to over foaming. Between the tips above and a Blichman Bottle filler you can package from your kegs quickly and without mess.

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