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Pressure Barrel

Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:50 pm
by Stoney
I have a budget wilko's pressure barrel i have only used once. I have recently bought a Co2 injection system for it and so i can't wait to test it out with the pale ale i am currently brewing. As i have not used this before i wonder if some one could give me some advise. Do i need to prime with sugar when i add the beer or can i use the Co2 when i add the beer? Or if anyone could point me in the direction of some suitable instructions for using Co2 in pressure barrels it would be appreciated.

Thanks

Stoney

Re: Pressure Barrel

Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:40 pm
by vancheese
I'm interested too, I've the pressure adapter for the same barrel but never used it yet ...

Re: Pressure Barrel

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:06 am
by Taf
I think that most people still prime the barrel, as it would take quite a bit of c02 to get the same amount of carbonation. When I had pressure barrels, I primed the barrel, and then only used the c02 bulbs when pressure got a bit low, so you could get a good pull again.

Re: Pressure Barrel

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:40 pm
by geordie
Taf wrote:I think that most people still prime the barrel, as it would take quite a bit of c02 to get the same amount of carbonation. When I had pressure barrels, I primed the barrel, and then only used the c02 bulbs when pressure got a bit low, so you could get a good pull again.
This was my way too.

Re: Pressure Barrel

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:08 pm
by vancheese
Can you over-pressurise the barrel?

Re: Pressure Barrel

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:50 pm
by geordie
Assuming you are using a youngs plastic pressure barrel, I did once put some bitter into a barrel before it was brewed out, then added sugar. A few days later the concave bottom popped out, there was that much pressure in it!

If you brew properly one gas canister will not over pressurise it.

Re: Pressure Barrel

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:21 pm
by Stoney
I'm actually going to prime the barrel with 80g of sugar and use the c02 when the pressure has dropped. The valve i bought has a pressure release valve so you can't over pressurise apparently.