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
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