Dry Ice Rootbeer plan - suggestions

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I am tasked by my wife each year to brew rootbeer with dry ice at the
annual church halloween party.

Last year I did it in a big (new) garbage can.   It was syrupy and not
very carbonated.   I have reached the conclusion that I need to
pressurize a system to get good results.

I am thinking of doing this:
Get Gatorade type drink dispenser (5 gallon) with screw on lid.
Install a vent pipe & weight from pressure cooker in top, load
ingredients & Dry ice and seal.  The CO pressure would (hopefully)
raise to 5, 10 or 15 lbs/sq inch (pressue is adjustable based on how
you set weight on vent pipe) and carbonate RB.  Kids liked seeing
bubbles.. but this should lead to better root beer, and the noise &
visual of pressure regulator rocking back and forth should be neat.

Issues:
1) don't think there is safety issue, as the pressure regulator will
prevent overpressurization.
2) My brother thinks the Gatorade type dispenser (orange, you see them
on sidelines at football games) will not hold pressure.  he may be
right, need to test.
3) I have seen (what appear to be old style) corny kegs on EBay that
are about 15 gal's.   Would those be a good substitute for drink
dispenser?


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Bad plan:

: I am thinking of doing this:
: Get Gatorade type drink dispenser (5 gallon) with screw on lid.
: Install a vent pipe & weight from pressure cooker in top, load
: ingredients & Dry ice and seal.  The CO pressure would (hopefully)
: raise to 5, 10 or 15 lbs/sq inch (pressue is adjustable based on how
: you set weight on vent pipe) and carbonate RB.  Kids liked seeing
: bubbles.. but this should lead to better root beer, and the noise &
: visual of pressure regulator rocking back and forth should be neat.

: Issues:
: 1) don't think there is safety issue, as the pressure regulator will
: prevent overpressurization.

    "Over" pressurization will be anything over probably about 1/10 PSI

: 2) My brother thinks the Gatorade type dispenser (orange, you see them
: on sidelines at football games) will not hold pressure.  he may be
: right, need to test.

    He's likely right.  A little basic math will tell you that 10 psi on a 15"
diameter lid will produce over 1700 lbs of force.  I doubt that the designers
had that
kind of force in mind when the built the injection molds for the lid.

: 3) I have seen (what appear to be old style) corny kegs on EBay that
: are about 15 gal's.   Would those be a good substitute for drink
: dispenser?

    The 5 gallon ones at least are rated for 130 psi.

    I've also heard of funky bacteria, etc living dormant within dry ice.  Not
supposed to be food-grade.

    The good news is is probably wouldn't be too dangerous.  The lid will likely
blow off at a fraction of the pressure you're trying to operate at... probably
long
before enough energy can be stored to completely destroy the container spraying
shards
of plastic at great speed at all the kids oggling the neato bubbles.  Of course,
I
could be wrong... lemme know how it turns out.


-Cory

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Cory,

It IS possible to share your knowlege without being a jerk about it..


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: It IS possible to share your knowlege without being a jerk about it..

    Yes, but I was fairly certain it was a troll.  It seemed pretty absurd to me
to be considering pressurizing a very large, non-pressure vessel.

-Cory

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Re: Dry Ice Rootbeer plan - suggestions


If you think it is a troll.. don't feed it.   Losers who troll feed on
negativity.


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I do not see what was wrong with the way he was saying what he did with the
question you asked.  The only thing that would of been worse if you would of
asked about putting the root beer in pet bottles and putting the dry ice in
the bottles and closing the lids, then giving the bottles to the kids and
having them shake them.

He got your attention that may of saved lives, and just maybe your own.



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The old style 5 gallon Corny kegs are used all the time for exactly
what you suggest.  They are used for soft drinks and homebrewed beer.
Unfortunately, you lose any visual dry ice effects.  Perhaps you can do
the dry ice separately, disguising the keg faucet somehow.

(I also imagine the Gatorade cooler would not hold pressure - certainly
not enuf to carbonate rootbeer).

Another note... while I don't "keg" in Corny's, I understand that you'll
need to make the rootbeer somewhat ahead of time and put pressure on it
in advance to carbonate it - a few days for sure.  Do a little Googling
for it and I'm sure you'll find a lot of information.

Derric


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Homebrew 15psi max, dry ice can produce 1312 psi min. I don't know if it
will hold the pressure.

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