So I was feeling a little spendy a few months back so I sprung for MoreBeer’s $70 carbonating keg lid. I’ve used it to carb two kegs and by golly it does work. Each batch has been ready in about 3 days total, a big improvement over the week of shaking and waiting I’d do before. It’s nice how this piece of kit prevents me from overcarbing my beer, something I’d usually do when attempting to force-carb.
I’ve been approximately following their instructions:
- Fill keg, and if needed put in kegerator to chill down. Use the carbonating lid.
- Set gas very low in the 2-4 psi range.
- Increase by about 2 psi every couple of hours
- When I’ve reached my target pressure (usually around 8 or 10) I’ll leave it for another day with the carb lid still on.
- At this point the beer will be carbonated as evidenced by the taste and seeing the fine bubbles coming out of solution. However your pours will be very slow because the small headspace and restriction the stone puts on the incoming gas to fill that void. So because of the slow pours you likely won’t get a nice looking head, but switching the gas over to the regular gas post will increase your pour speed and then you should start getting nice pours.
- After another day with the gas on the regular post my pours are “normal” with the head & carbonation having the fine bubble structure that I’d normally get after maybe 2-3 weeks with a normally-carbonated keg.