One of the reasons we love beer is the fizz, which is also the reason we love sparkling waters like La Croix. If you are already kegging your own homebrew, chances are you have everything you need to make carbonated water for little to no additional cost. We'll show you how to make sparkling water so you never have to buy carbonated water again!
One of the reasons we love beer is the fizz. It's also the reason we love beverages like this, but they can add up over time. If you're taking your own home brew, chances are you have everything you need to make your own carbonated water at home for close to nothing and very little time.
We're going to tell you how. So you never have to buy carbonated water again. All right. So let's go over the basic outline. First thing we're going to want to do is clean and sanitize. Okay. Make sure it's sanitized.
We're not boiling anything. We're not putting alcohol in it. So we want to make sure it's sanitized environment, preferably purge it with CO2 prior to going into it. So make sure it's clean, sanitize and ready to fill with your water.
The next thing we're going to do is chill and carbonate it. So put it in your your Keyser, your keg grater, etc. and put it on some CO2 SATs. After it's carbonate, it might take 24, 48 hours, then it's ready to serve and enjoy.
Those are the three basic steps. But now let's dove into each one of those a little bit deeper. All right. So let's start with the water, the most important part of carbonated water. Depending on your area, you've probably got really good drinking water.
If not, you can go to the store, pick up some water. But again, we're trying to do this cheap. So using your water is the way to go. We recommend running it through a carbon filter, just like if you're using that in your brewing process, run it through slowly.
That allows that carbon filter to really remove all the chlorine just to make it taste better and more refreshing. Next, let's talk about carbon dating. Essentially the same process that you've probably been using to carbonate your keg beer.
You're going to hook it up to your CO2 source and you're going to set your regulator to a set point. There's carbonation charts online. We're shooting for 4 to 5 volumes of CO2. So a lot higher than you've probably done in some of your your beers.
So you're going to set it to, you know, depending on the temperature of your liquid, anywhere from 35 to 40 PSI at that PSA, it should take 24 to 48 hours before it's carbonated. Take a sip. You know, once you're, like happy with where it's carbonated, that you're ready to serve it, enjoy.
All right. Let's talk about serving and enjoying. You know, we've got CO2 on on our keg at, you know, 30, 40, 50 PSI, depending on on your temperature, you're liquid. When you go to pour that out, it's going to come out violently.
Good news is, you know, there's no residual sugar or proteins or anything. So it's not going to have this massive head. It should reside pretty quickly, like when you're pouring soda, things like that. But one way to to solve this is to lower the PSI on your regulator.
But there's something called Henry's Law where it'll then start to, you know, basically turn the same volume of CO2 in solution as your head's had pressure source. So doing that, it's going to lead to under carbonated water over time.
So that's not the best solution. One of the best solutions is to get a a flow control faucet on there so you can dial back the pressure, still have it under that nice high head pressure and keep your your carbonated water beautifully carbonated and then still pour it and not have it violently come out of your faucet
So that's one pro tip for for pouring carbonated water. All right. It's that easy. Bought a boom. Bada bing. You're making carbonated water. I love having a non alcoholic beverage on tap on my keg. Greater carbonated water. Awesome to do that.
Some other cool things you could do that I've done in the past is like make a five gallon keg of tang and carbonate it the same way we just talked about or Kool-Aid, things like that. And you've got this like sparkling flavored beverage on hand or some other things you can do is like fruit zest or hops
, hop water. Hmm. Episode coming soon. Thanks for watching. Hopefully you enjoyed this. Let us know in the comments. Be sure to subscribe and we'll talk to you soon.
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