Carbonation is an important feature of the beer. The amount of carbon dioxide in the beer provides additional mouthfeel and body to the final product. However, it is crucial to take note that not all beer is carbonated at a standard level. For instance, some English ales are served without added carbonation while some German Weizen are made with high level of carbonation that it creates a huge foam when poured into a glass.
So what is carbonation and how do I carbonate my beer? It is basically expressed as the amount or volume of carbon dioxide gas dissolved in a given volume of beer. Most beers are served with two or three volumes of carbonation level, as a home brewer, you have the option to adjust the level of carbonation depending on what suits your preferences.
Carbonation is different for both bottling and kegging beer. If you opt to bottle beer, you can induce carbonation by using corn sugar and dry malt extract to feed to the yeast, thereby releasing carbon dioxide in the process. You can also use carbonation tablets and the krausening method to carbonate your brew. Kegging, on the other hand, presents more advantages in carbonation over bottles. There are two methods of carbonating kegs and these include forced and natural keg carbonation.
As a home brewer, it is up to you to decide which type of carbonation method that you want to use to make beer. What matters is that you invest in the right carbonation tools and equipment for your home brewing setup.
Here at Canuck Homebrew Supply, we have a wide variety of carbonation tools and equipment that you can choose from. Our products include carbon dioxide tanks for your kegs and carbonation drops if you opt to bottle your beer. We make sure that we stock the carbonation supplies you need to create the best-tasting beer possible.