Calculating and Balancing Your Kombucha Draft System. Tim’s first recipe utilizing a citrus blend of three teas. And once again, don’t forget to check out my facebook page. And it can start carbonating again if you seal the cap. For now though, I’m just going to cover a few basics. If you want more info on SCOBY care, you can go here. Due to the sheer numbers of these kegs that were in circulation, and the handy 5-gallon size (which is a typical beer batch size), Corny kegs quickly became the go-to choice for homebrewers. The name is derived from the Cornelius company which for many years provided both ball-lock and pin-lock connector style 5 gallon kegs for Pepsi and Coke. You may have a weak SCOBY or a SCOBY without a good yeast-bacteria balance. The basic kegging equipment you will need is as follows: Pretty much everyone knows what a kegerator is, but what’s a keezer? In this case you would need a conversion kit in order to work with your pin-lock or ball-lock cornelius kegs. The problem that was presented to me was that the reader’s kombucha was being dispensed from the tap with plenty of fizz and foam at the pour, but the beverage didn’t seem as well carbonated as they would like. You have the option to buy a prebuilt kegerator, or build your own. If you plan to server more than one beverage at different carbonation levels, or serve one keg while carbonating another, you might consider a dual-regulator. Remember how earlier I mentioned the importance of using good quality faucets? The amount of restriction is dictated by the length and inner diameter of the line. This is often why homebrewers experience a lot of carbonation variance between bottles even within the same batch! over-active sometimes and fizzying over or making a mess. But that’s just me. I cover a lot of this information in my articles about fixing foamy pours, and kegerator line balancing. And besides, it is possible to prevent over-carbonation without relying on burping. I hope this helps anyone looking for more information about kegging and force carbonating kombucha! And be sure to strain liquid before you put it in the mini-keg (since cleaning fruit pulp and sediment from this thing is a pain in the rear! This is a living thing, after all, and lots of . If all else fails, you can force-carbonate. Think of it like bottle conditioning a bottle of champagne. I want to be able to open it and drink it right out of the fridge, and have it be perfectly bubbly but not so fizzy to the point where it spills over. Carbonated and refreshing! Deciding which connector style to use has a couple of considerations. Even if you have your process down to a T, it can still be . I have a few different types of bottles that I’ve been able to use to get perfectly fizzy kombucha. You can also use it to carbonate flat beverages. The theory is that since raisins are sweet, it’ll help give the yeast more sugar to feed on without necessarily affecting the flavor of the brew. Attach a cloth over the top of the jar with elastic, instead of a lid, to allow the SCOBY to breathe. I may get a small cut of Amazon's profit for finding + recommending them to you. “Corny” kegs have long been a favorite of homebrewers. It's not like I added a ton of fruit, anyway, and it was blackberries which aren't even that sweet. And it might change slightly depending on average room temp as the seasons change. In my own experience and in talking with other homebrewers, most keg dispensing issues come down to keg balancing. So to remedy that, for this batch I did a slightly longer 1F and I added more fruit for the 2F. If it didn’t, or if it took too long, your yeast might’ve needed more sugar to eat. That’s how this article came to be, after all! If it looks really aggressive, don’t open it all the way, and release the pressure slowly. Don’t ferment at room temp for too long. Using 3/16 ID line, you only need a little under 5 feet. Stir it well! How do I prevent the explosion though? The cold calms down the fizz and it shouldn't explode. Well, it’s basically the same thing, only built out of an upright or chest freezer instead of a refrigerator.