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Desired carbonation rates:

Beer Style

Volumes CO2

PSI @ 40oF

British –style ales

1.5 – 2.4

<5-11

Porter, Stouts

1.7 – 2.3

4-10

Belgian Ales

1.9 – 2.4

6-11

European Lagers

2.2 – 2.6

9-13.5

American Lagers

2.6 – 2.9

13-19

Lambic

3.0 - 4.5

18->25

Fruit Lambic

2.8 – 3.1

15.5-19

German Wheat

2.8 – 5.1

16-???

Soda water

3.5 - 4.0

>22


Solubility of CO2 in beer at atmospheric pressure.


Temp (°F)

Vol. CO2

32

1.7

35

1.6

40

1.45

45

1.3

50

1.2

55

1.1

60

1.0

65

0.92

70

0.85

75

0.78


Priming rates for ales fermented at 65-68 °F.

Final vol CO2

Vol CO2 added

 

corn sugar

oz/gallon*

 

corn sugar

oz/5 gallon*

 

 

Beer Styles

1.5

0.6

0.36

1.8

 

1.6

0.7

0.42

2.1

 

1.7

0.8

0.48

2.4

Real Ales.

1.8

0.9

0.54

2.7

Barleywine,

1.9

1

0.6

3

British ales,

2

1.1

0.66

3.3

IPAs

2.1

1.2

0.72

3.6

Porter, Stouts

2.2

1.3

0.78

3.9

American Ales,

2.3

1.4

0.84

4.2

Belgian Ales

2.4

1.5

0.9

4.5

 

2.5

1.6

0.96

4.8

Kolsch,

2.6

1.7

1.02

5.1

Cream Ales,

2.7

1.8

1.08

5.4

Fruit Lambics

2.8

1.9

1.14

5.7

Wheat Beers,

2.9

2

1.2

6

Lambics

3

2.1

1.26

6.3

 

* by weight

 

Priming rates for lagers fermented at 45-50 °F.

Final vol CO2

Vol CO2 added

Amount of

corn sugar

oz./gallon*

Amount of

corn sugar

oz./5 gallon*

 

 

Beer Styles

2

0.8

0.48

2.4

Bocks

2.1

0.9

0.54

2.7

Dark Lagers

2.2

1

0.6

3

 

2.3

1.1

0.66

3.3

European

2.4

1.2

0.72

3.6

Lagers

2.5

1.3

0.78

3.9

 

2.6

1.4

0.84

4.2

 

2.7

1.5

0.9

4.5

American

2.8

1.6

0.96

4.8

Light Lagers

2.9

1.7

1.02

5.1

 

3

1.8

1.08

5.4

 

* by weight

Yeast priming

Warner           7.5 –15 ml fermenting wort /gal       130,000 cells/ml*

Fix ref             0.4 – 0.8 ml fermenting wort/gal        13,000 cells/ml*

Fal Allen         125 ml/gal                                          330,000 cells/ml

(*yeast @ 50 million cells/ml)


Real Ale cask conditioning

1 qt 1.040 /7.5 gal = 1.333 GU/gal = 0.58 oz corn sugar/gal

1 qt 1.050/9 gal = 1.388 GU/gal = 0.6  oz corn sugar/gal

Corn sugar 37 GU/lb = 2.3 GU/oz

Cane Sugar 45/GU/lb