CarbaCap® Carbonating System
CO2 requires liquids to be refrigerator cold for proper
carbonation. To successfully carbonate you’ll need to repeat the
injection and shaking steps to get the CO2 absorbed into the
liquid. Follow these simple steps below for best results.
To Carbonate Still Liquids:
1. Fill the standard 1 or 2 liter PET bottle with cold beverage
leaving a 2 inch space at the top.
2. Attach the CarbaCap squeezing the sides of the PET bottle
forcing the liquid to the top.
3. Inject CO2 and remove the injector (do not leave attached) and
4. Repeat injecting and shaking process until the PET bottle
5. Refrigerate newly carbonated beverage for a few hours. Repeating
the injecting and shaking process will increase the amount of
carbonation over time.
To Carbonate Beer or Wine:
1. Attach the CarbaCap to an empty standard 1 or 2 liter PET
bottle. Inject CO2 and remove injector.
2. Remove the CarbaCap from the PET bottle and allow clouding of
gas to occur.
3. Gently pour beer or wine into clouded PET bottle and fill
leaving 2 inches of space at the top.
4. Attach the CarbaCap leaving it loose. Squeeze the sides of the
PET bottle until liquid flows out, then tighten the CarbaCap.
5. Inject CO2 and remove injector (do not leave attached) and shake
6. Repeat injecting and shaking process until the PET bottle
7. Refrigerate newly carbonated beverage for a few hours. Repeating
the injecting and shaking process will increase the amount of
carbonation over time.
To Repackage Beer or Growler:
Follow the directions for "To Carbonate Beer or Wine" with these
additions: In step 3 use a food grade hose attached to the tap for
filling from the bottom of the PET bottle. In step 5 do not shake
after injection. Release the CO2 by loosening CarbaCap, re-tighten
then re-inject CO2. Beverage is already carbonated and only needs
to be pressurized. Omit the injecting and shaking process in steps
5 - 7.
Extra safety should be observed when using CO2. Gases under
pressure can be explosive if handled improperly. We recommend the
•Do not use the CarbaCap on old worn out PET bottles or glass
•Always use proper CO2 regulators attached to a cylinder.
•Do not remove the CarbaCap too quickly as it can be become a
•Always use safety goggles and gloves.
•Do not use more than 30psi (2 Bars) when injecting.
•Always check the condition of the CarbaCap and PET bottle before
12/30/2010 – We have a 310 feet deep well in the Mother Lode country, water coming from the bottom on quartz rock.The water is excellent,we drink it as it is. People always comment how good it is.My question is: is there a way to carbonate it and get something like a Gerolsteiner mineral water out of it, or another seltzer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. How you do it depends on how MUCH you intend to make. A Carbonator, along with a CO2 tank and regulator will suffice for doing the occasional 1 or 2 liters at a time, using soda pop bottles.A more convenient way if you are using more than this is by using our Complete Draft Kegging System. This allows you to carbonate and . . .
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
3/2/2008 – Hi! I haven't bottled beer in ages since I have a kegerator/CO2 regulator setup for 2 cornelius kegs. Occasionally, I'd like to be able to dispense some of my beer into a bottle to share with friends away from my home. Is the "carbonater" the best option for doing this into a plastic soda bottle and keep the beer carbonated? Is there another . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I've never had any issues with carbonated beer losing it's carbonation after bottling it in that way. Go ahead and try it in a screw-top plastic bottle! The "trick" is to get your beer as cold as possible, as well as the bottles. Next, attach a length of tubing to your tap, and fill the bottles from the bottom up. If yu are using a cobrahead . . .
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
7/25/2006 – Id like to put the beer into a keg instead of bottles, but was wondering if i could do this WITHOUT force carbonating with a CO2 tank. Can the beer naturally carbonate in the keg?what would i have to add for this, more yeast or sugar?Would this effect the "shelf life" of the keg?thanks for the help! AWESOME WEBSITE!!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that. Use about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of corn sugar to carbonate in the keg. You will still need the CO2 to "push" the beer from the keg, however. The beer is drawn from the bottom of the keg up to the spigot. It needs a little "push" to get it there.No, there is no affect on shelf life.Thanks for the kind words about our . . .
9/29/2005 – Does it really take hours or overnight just to carbonate 1 liter of soda? That would make it pretty much impractical for anyone who wants more than one liter of carbonated water per day.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Carbonator can "refresh" a previously carbonated drink in minutes, like a beer with low carbonation, but it really takes overnight to fully carbonate a flat beverage, like water. Much depends on the pressure used, however, as well as temperature of the liquid, and how much agitation is used. Lower temperatures, higher pressures, and . . .
5/19/2005 – Regarding your answer to the question about carbonating soda bottles: could you elaborate? why do you need the cornelius gas-in? I would've thought it would be: CO2 canister--regulator--tubing--carbonator. All I want is carbonated water.Also how long does it take to carbonate water and what's the procedure? **********3/13/2005 . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Carbonator has a molded-in top, shaped like the connector on a cornelius keg (the poppet valve). To connect to this top, you need the cornelius keg fitting only (not the keg itself, just the gas-in fitting, which runs about $8).Procedure:Any liquid will carbonate quicker/easier if it is cold, so the first step is to refrigerate . . .
4/9/2005 – Will a cornelius keg fit into any half height refrigerator? Or better yet, if I were looking for a new refrigerator but didn't want to buy a full size or a expensive kegerator, what are my options?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are so many different 'fridges that it is best to measure (twice) and drink once. For reference, the new cornelius keg itself measures about 22" high, and 9" in diameter. Many half-height 'fridges have a freezer section in the top that interferes with the keg, but some do not. Measure, measure. Certainly a full size 'fridge will . . .
3/13/2005 – I am interested in the Carbonator. Does it attach to a regular 2 liter bottle? What other equipment is needed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it connects to a regular 2 liter plastic soda bottle. To carbonate, you will need the Carbonator, a CO2 tank and a regulator as well as a cornelius gas-in fitting. In other words, a kegging system.
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
12/20/2004 – If you are kegging after the secondary fermentation and allowing the beer to condition or age does the keg need to be in the fridge or is it alright to store it in a cool dark place until you are ready to tap it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it does not need to be refrigerated. Storing can be done most in any cool spot. No need for darkness...light won't penetrate that keg!Assuming you like COLD beer, you'll need to refrigerate before drink/tapping it tho!
10/9/2004 – What is the best method to fill bottles from a keg system? How do you reduce the foam and ensure that the beer does not go flat??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The BEST way to fill bottles from a cornelius keg system is using a counterpressure bottle filler. It purges and fills your bottles in an all CO2 enviroment, and fills them from the bottom to minimize foaming. See below for a link to this item:If you don't have a counterpressure filler, you can attach a piece of 3/8" ID tubing (about 10" . . .
10/9/2004 – I LOVE reading all the questions and answers! Now I have one. I am going to be purchasing a kegging system as a gift. Here is what I know I want (I think): I want to have a keg inside of a converted fridge (don't have the fridge yet) and need to know what I would need to set this up, from the keg (corney?) to the fitted tap out the door... . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear our site is useful!To start, you would order a Complete Kegging System. When you click on "Options" it will allow you to select either a single keg setup or a double. To set it up for a 'fridge, all you need to do is add a Refridgerator Tap (or two). All of this assumes you have a standard size 'fridge. Most of them . . .
9/26/2004 – On your keg systems, are the kegs reconditoned? Have all the o-rings been replaced or do I have to do that. I like your site. You are the only one I have seen that has the multiple systems for sale. A friend of mine has been kegging for a few yrs now. He has a double regulater on his so he can run different pressures on the tanks. Is this . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the kegs are not reconditioned, but we supply the o-ring kits to do that if you want. It's very easy, and the kegs are in good condition anyway. I see no need for two regulators either, as long as the kegs are about the same distance to the tap.Yes, you can carbonate two kegs to 25 psi at the same time. No problem.Yes, you . . .
9/23/2004 – I own a standard 15.5 CO2 keg system and would like to use the CO2 tank and regulator with a cornelius tank. Would my the hoses be consistent with the fittings on cornelius keg with Quick Disconnect fittings?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably. Most systems use a 1/4" ID line, and that will work fine with cornelius kegs. It's possible that you have a different size, but unlikely.
9/14/2004 – I am wanting to set up a system that will allow me to have both a commercially bought keg (like bud light) and my homebrew in it. So far I have bought a chest freezer (14.8 cu ft). I have a couple questions about the rest of the system..one - do I need a CO2 regulator that will send two different pressures to my two kegs since they will . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) No. One regulator will do the trick. You can "branch off" the CO2 line as needed, to the different kegs. A CO2 gas manifold with shutoffs is a nice way to go for this.2) Yes. we have it all. We have helped people set up this kind of system many times. The one issue that comes up often, however, is the connection to the commercial keg. . . .
8/31/2004 – I have a kegerator that has a CO2 tank to carbonate the beer. I plan to use 5 gallon soda kegs for the final fermetation and serving of the beer. Do I need to add the sugar at the end, or will the CO2 carbonate the beer for me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can do it either way. Personally, I like to force carbonate it with CO2. This avoids re-carbonation in the keg, and eliminates sediment from that recarbonation. It also makes my beer carbonated in a DAY, instead of waiting 7-10 days for the carbonation to develop (using the corn sugar method). More beer sooner!
7/13/2004 – Does the Carbonator use small CO2 cartridges like are used in an air rifle? Or do I need a separate CO2 bottle of some kind?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you will need a CO2 bottle and regulator, as well as a cornelius keg (in) fitting to make it work.
4/17/2004 – Hi. I want to start kegging my beer, but I dont have any refrigerator to convert, whats your recommendation, to get a regular refrigerator or to get a kegerator that is ready for kegs? are there any kegerators out there that you would recommend?thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To me, it's a matter of cost. There are kegerators out there, but they run about $800 plus shipping (which is high). You can often find an old refrigerator or freezer for under $100. If you just put it into a garage, appearance isn't an issue. Converting one of these is easy, and runs much less. We have everything you need to do it.
3/18/2004 – I was wanting to know if you could give me any advice on choosing between a ball lock and a pin lock keg. I have read that on ball lock kegs it is easey to mix up the gas and beer fittings and that they can be easily put on the wrong side and that you may never get them back off. Is this true or are they marked somehow. Also if I decide . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the fittings are marked "in" and "out" on ball lock kegs. It is possible to put the wrong fittings on, but I've never heard of them getting stuck. Interchangability may be more of an issue...the ball lock style is much more common. We have LOTS on hand, but as far as I know, we only have one pin-lock style.Yes, we carry the CO2 injectors . . .
2/25/2004 – hi! just wondering if alcohol production, conditioning, or fullness of a beer would suffer as a result of kegging opposed to bottling. Just want to brew each beer to full potential!! THANX
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely not. In fact, kegging has many advantages over bottling. Less oxygen is introduced, dry hopping in the keg is a great way to do it, and many others.The factors you bring up (fullness, alcohol production etc) are determined by the recipe formulation and brewing process/techniques. Kegged beer will condition exactly the same as . . .
2/24/2004 – Once a Corny keg is carbonated can it be taken off and stored without being conected to the CO2? Is there a time limit, is temp a factor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it can be stored off the CO2. Just like kegged commercial beer. Kegged beer can last a LONG time...maybe a year or more if temperatures are moderate. It never NEEDS to last longer than that at MY house!I would try not to store it at temperatures over about 90 deg. F, but otherwise it is quite stable.Remember, that long ago the . . .
2/18/2004 – I am interested in getting the the complete Draft Kegging System for my husband's birthday. However, we do not need the keg but I would like to get whatever else necessary to complete the "Kegerator" setup he has been wanting. What do I need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends...We can send you the Complete Kegging System without the keg if that is what you want; no problem. We deduct the cost of the keg.If you are looking for a "kegerator" setup with a tap on the OUTside of your 'fridge, we can do that too by substituting a few items.It would probably be best to give us a call for either . . .
2/15/2004 – Once the kegs are filled, do they need to be kept cold? If not, what is the "shelf life" of a keg of beer if kept at room temperature? Can room temp. beer be run thru a copper coil bathed in ice, in a cooler for example, to make a portable system that does not require you to keep multiple kegs cold?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No; as long as the beer is kept free of oxygen, it will store just fine at room temperature.Yes, the beer can be run thru a coil arrangment like you descibe. It is called a draft box, usually a stainless coil inside of a portable picnic cooler. You can mount a refrigerator tap(s) on the front, and just fill with ice when you want to dispense. . . .
2/5/2004 – I'm brewing my first batch of homebrew and have the Shamrock Stout in my primary fermentor. I have a keg fridge with a CO2 bottle that I'm going to use instead of bottles. Do I need to prime at all for carbonation, and if not will it affect the taste of the beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you can "force carbonate" your beer by putting it into the keg, refrigerating it, and turning up the pressure to about 25-30 psi. Let it sit overnight, shake it a bit, and the CO2 will go into solution. Just be sure to turn the pressure down to perhaps 6-8 psi (and relieve the pressure on the keg) before dispensing your beer. There is . . .
1/24/2004 – I am thinking about starting to homebrew. I have a kegerator that will fit two cornelius kegs. I am wanting to get a kit, and then keg the beer instead of bottling. Is there a kit specifically for this? as I would not require any bottling equipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can do it!--altho there isn't anything specifically set up on the website (yet).For now, you can just order the full equipment kit, and when you check out, just make a comment that you don't need the bottling stuff (capper, caps)and that you would like a credit for it. That will work. OR..........just call us to place the order (800) . . .
1/1/2004 – What is a "Cornelius keg"? Does it have a ball tap like I am used to, and will fit my present system? Does it have an opening for internal cleaning and how big. I realize that these questions are basic, so thank you for your patience.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A cornelius keg is a stainless steel keg that was commonly used to
dispense soda pop, but they work beautifully for homebrew beer. It
has an oval opening in the top (sealed by an o-ring) that allows
easy cleaning. Here is a picture of an individual cornelius keg:
has . . .
12/5/2003 – I have an interest in the product you are sell that can carbonate liquids in two liter bottles. It says that I need a CO2 tank and a ball lock fitting. Will any CO2 tank work? And what is a ball lock fitting? What exactly do I need to make this work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, any CO2 tank will work, as long as it has a regulator capable of regulating the pressure in the 0-30 psi range (approx). From the regulator you just need some gas (hose) line and the ball lock (Quick Disconnect) fitting. See links below
11/30/2003 – I have a 4 keg system that I purchased from you. (System works great! thank you) How do you plumb the counter pressure bottle filler into that system and what additional fittings, tubing or equipment is needed? Also is it possible to retro-fit to fill bottles other than 12 oz type ie wide mouth growlers, could the upper stopper be removed . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear your like our kegging system!You can easily install the counter pressure bottle filler by unscrewing the gas-in connector and then pushing the tubing onto the CP filler. For the beer side, just do the same from your beer line. Nothing else is really needed. I suppose, if you wanted to get real fancy, and have the CP filler always . . .
11/16/2003 – Right now I bottle my beer after primary then seconday fermantation. I understand with a keg I do not have to add bottling sugar to carbonate but in some of the other responses you say that kegs can be carbonated overnight. My question is what about the clearing that takes place in the bottles? When does this happen when you keg? If the sediment . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: First off, you might want to revise your brewing procedures. Your beer should be clear by the time you bottle it. It shouldn't have to "clear" in the bottle. Whether you bottle or keg your beer, you should leave as much sediment behind as possible. Whether this takes 2 days or 10 weeks is not important. The bottling process itself will . . .
10/1/2003 – Do you need just one CO2 tank and one regulater for multiple kegs? How does that work? If you order the "triple" complete draft kegging system are all the necessary parts included to carbonate the 3 kegs at the same time?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you only need one CO2 tank and one regulator for multiple kegs. The CO2 line is cut, and a "T" fitting is put in, allowing more kegs to be connected simultaneously. If you order the Triple, all necessary parts are included to carbonate 3 kegs at the same time. Correct!
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