Kilkenny clone

Jacob Callahan

Barley Legal Member
Found a kilkenny clone recipe, was thinking of brewing it, however real kilkenny is a nitro, if I were to keg this clone, would I "carbonate" it by the same procedure, but just use the nitro/co2 mix gas?

Or just carb it and serve it with regular co2?

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Frank Hiller Jr.

2018 Brewer of the Year / Interim Events Officer
The question is can you can serve it on nitro?

If not, don’t worry about trying to mix in the blend, you’d just have a less carbonated beer. The blend tanks are for serving beer, mainly if you want to put pressure above 15 pounds to push beer out and not over carbonate it.

Frank Hiller Jr.

2018 Brewer of the Year / Interim Events Officer
Sweet! I love Kilkenny. Let me know how it is.

General idea for nitro then is to only partially carb it, then hit it with the nitrogen and shake the hell out of it. In my experience, it takes a bit more work to get the nitrogen into the beer. And when you tap it and start pouring make sure your pressure is 30-34 psi. You want more pressure to push on nitro to create that sexy cascading head.


Barley Legal Member
Depends on how you nurmally carbonate your kegs, and how quickly you want the beer ready. I generally just keg my regular beers and leave them on gas at serving pressure. It takes about a week to 10 days to be perfect.
With Nitro beers, I'll start the same, but after about 5 days I'll switch the gas to the Nitro mix. It'll take a bit longer to get fully nitrogenated, but I'm OK with that.
Also, besides the nitro tap and the nitro gas, you'll also want a much longer serving line. If you try to push beer out your shorter lines at 30+ pressure you'll have a mess on your hands.