Carbonating Cocktails (or Ginger Beer, water, etc) with a Keg

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Now that I”m enjoying making these little instructional videos, here’s the first part of two where I show you how to carbonate cocktails (or anything, really) with a keg.

8 Replies to “Carbonating Cocktails (or Ginger Beer, water, etc) with a Keg”

  • Laurence Kedzie says:

    Great video! Have been following you for years keep up the good work!

  • NickS says:

    A little tip for the people doing this at home — queue up something to watch on the TV, or grab a book, grab a seat, and roll the keg back and forth with your (socked; it’s cold!) feet. It’s much less tiring and no risk of dropping the keg.

  • NickS – That’s exactly right!

  • Alf says:

    Hey Jeff,

    Thanks for this videos, they are a cool tool to check.

    I have two questions though:
    1. If I am going to dispense the liquid from a tap, the depressurization is required, or do we need that gas to pump it out?
    2. If dispensing from a tap a non carbonated drink, like a Negroni, how much time it takes to force the carbonation if we do not move the keg? And, to prevent this happening, the CO2 has to be removed after the shift?

    Thanks!

    • Hey Alf!

      1. Yes you will need to depressurize and repressurize at a much lower pressure. The 40 psi is way too high. Start with 5 and work your way up.

      2. To dispense a non-carbonated beverage I recommend using nitrogen gas, as that will not carbonate your Negroni.

      Hope this helps.

  • Alf del Portillo says:

    Hello Jeff (I don’t know if people is allowed to called you this),

    Thanks for the answer, really helps!

    Nitrogen would not freeze the liquid or give it a funny flavour?

    Cheers,

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