Is there any information on how the levels of co2 and n2 change over time in a keg series pressurized with a 30/70 mix (co2/n2 respectively)? Assuming the beer originally carbonated (not a nitro beer) and it takes a week to empty the series of kegs? I would guess that one would get at least a 1/2 barrel of beer that is at the original carbonation level and no nitrogenation, but as the flow mixes the beer it would change and finally the last 1/2 barrel would have the greatest nitrogenation.

Also, since it is not a nitro beer is there a limit of the amount of nitrogenation due to the originally present carbonation?

  • You could look up the partial pressure of CO₂ in the beer at that temp to compare. Come on, don't expect you to subscript but elements are upper case. What is your basis for at least 1/2 at original carbonation? Why are you using a mix on a non-nitro beer?
    – paparazzo
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 2:34

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While I can't point you to a calculator on beer gas mixture I can point you to this Fact sheet from the Brewers Association.

The key to balance a tap system is figuring out the opposing pressures. The keg to tap resistance must be matched by the gas tank push pressure. The gas pressure puts in a little CO2, the liquid line squeezes a little out. However, in long draw setups where the draft line has a lot of resistance the push pressure would have be so high that a lot more CO2 would be dissolved into the beer. The amount of CO2 squeezed out would cause very foamy beer. How to solve this? Mix in some Nitrogen.

Basically, the Nitrogen will never blend into the beer. It is used as an inert gas to maintain the pressure in long draw lines. Any change in carbonation would come from the mix ratio. If the mix is too low in CO2, as the keg empties the beer will go flat since not enough CO2 is being forced in. If the mix is too high in CO2 then the beer would gain carbonation from the beer gas.

Your ratio of 30% CO2 / 70% N is more suited to a Nitro tap setup. Traditional nitro beers have an original carbonation level of around 1-1.5 volumes of CO2. The amount of CO2 needed to maintain this carbonation level is minimal PLUS the faucets that pour these beers have an extra plate that restricts the flow even more, forcing almost all gas out of the beer. Without that specialized faucet, the beer coming out would just be flat with maybe a few sad bubbles of CO2 but no thick head of foam that you'd expect.

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