Keg conditioning with DME

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  1. Marinus

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    I was hoping some folks could help me with a kegging question. I am new to kegging, and just purchased two 3 gallon kegs to put into an Igloo cooler for a mobile kegerator. I will not be getting a full CO2 setup yet. For now, I plan on keg conditioning and dispensing with a paintball tank for mobility reasons.

    I need some sort of way of calculating how much DME to use to carbonate the beer inside the keg, factoring in only 3 gallons. I will use corn sugar for some recipes and I have a good calculator for that, but I can't find any calculator that factors in that I am keg conditioning and NOT bottling and tells me how much DME to use.

    Thank you!
     
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    Thanks for the link. That would make it simple, but I keep hearing that when you're keg conditioning (at least with corn sugar) you have to scale back the sugar as compared to bottling. Isn't that true?
     
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    I always force carbonate my kegs, so I'm not 100% sure, but as far as I know it's the same. Maybe someone else with more experience knows different though.
     
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    I would scale back to 60% if using Dextrose. So 3 oz. per 5 gallons.
    You can try the same % with the DME, but why not use dextrose? It works great and your're not changing your beer.
    Brian
     
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    You can also use the calculator on this site
    http://www.brewersfriend.com/beer-priming-calculator/
    If you read all the notes on the bottom of the page, Larry explains how the calculator works.

    Looks like you would need 2.7oz of DME fin 3 gallons for average carbonation.
     

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