Carbonation

June 1st, 2014

If you want to force carbonate your homebrew, we recommend that you keg your beer, force carbonate in the keg and then transfer to your BeerBox™ to share or store in your home refrigerator.

You can however, naturally carbonate your homebrew in a BeerBox™. At 65 degrees Fahrenheit, with the appropriate amount of priming sugar you can achieve 2.5 volumes of CO2 and a PSI of 25.9, which the BeerBox™ can handle.  The BeerBox™ will expand and round out.  For higher volumes, reduce your temperature.  Refer to the many CO2 volume charts found on line to see the temperature and CO2 volume relationship.  A few links are noted below.

Average carbonation level is 2.5 volumes and your standard home refrigerator is kept at 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit; which is what the BeerBox™ was designed for.  The CO2 that is included with the BeerBox™ is meant for dispensing, not force carbonating i.e. our reference to 15 psi max dispensing pressure.  The BeerBox™ has been tested up to 40 psi; however, at that level there will be some leaking around the Schrader valve but not result in a failure of the vessel. We highly recommend that this level not be exceeded.

  • Carbonation Guidelines by Style
  • British Style Ales                 1.5 – 2.0 volumes
  • Belgian Ales                        1.9 – 2.4 volumes
  • American Ales and Lager    2.2 – 2.7 volumes
  • Fruit Lambic                        3.0 – 4.5 volumes
  • Porter, Stout                        1.7 – 2.3 volumes
  • European Lagers                 2.2 – 2.7 volumes
  • Lambic                                 2.4 – 2.8 volumes
  • German Wheat Beer           3.3 – 4.5 volumes

Links & Resources:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/

http://www.homebrewing.com/reference/carbonation-chart.php

https://byo.com/stories/item/1132-master-the-action-carbonation

http://www.brewersfriend.com/keg-carbonation-calculator/

http://www.draft-beer-made-easy.com/support-files/carbchart.pdf