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Old 02-26-2010, 12:04 AM   #1
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Ok, so here is the scene: (Haier Beer Meister, 5 ft beer tubing, perlick faucet, CO2 psi @ 10, temp about 38-40*)

Over the past 2 kegs (Victory Storm King Stout and Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel) I have been getting a big burst of air/foam and then a creamy head coming out of the faucet then turm to beer. I know that my run will give a little more head than normal (my tower isnt cooled) but after a few pours, all is good. Today I cleaned the line (hadnt done that in a while ) but discovered the same situation.

On the other side I have Miller lite, set at the same PSI, but it pours from a regular faucet. No problems.

Can anyone shed light on why this would be happening all of the sudden? Never happened before.

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Old 02-26-2010, 12:35 AM   #2
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well i had the same problem with my kegerator all i needed to do was turn the PSI down to 5-6. also make sure the lines are cold all the way from the keg to the tap.

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well i had the same problem with my kegerator all i needed to do was turn the PSI down to 5-6. also make sure the lines are cold all the way from the keg to the tap.
Hmmm, i dont mind a little bit of foam...but that big "pop" on the first pour (almost like I have kicked the keg (which causes small amounts of cardiac arrest for me) worries me. I'll try the PSI thing.

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You may also want to pull apart the faucet and clean it.

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You may also want to pull apart the faucet and clean it.
forgot to mention that I did that too. The only thing that I didnt do was the tap itself. I figured that the BLC would handle that
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I'm guessing uncooled tower. The foam at the start, but not at the end, points directly to uncooled tower. Your tower is warm. The cold beer hits it and pure foam. After a bit, the foam cools the tap and beer starts to flow.

Short lines give continuous foam. Overcarbed gives continuous foam. Pure creamy foam followed by beer is warm taps/tower.

Might not happen with ML because of a different carbonation level?? dunno there...

Did your house get warmer recently?

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I'm guessing uncooled tower. The foam at the start, but not at the end, points directly to uncooled tower. Your tower is warm. The cold beer hits it and pure foam. After a bit, the foam cools the tap and beer starts to flow.

Short lines give continuous foam. Overcarbed gives continuous foam. Pure creamy foam followed by beer is warm taps/tower.

Might not happen with ML because of a different carbonation level?? dunno there...

Did your house get warmer recently?
I agree w/ that 100% but whats w/ the "pop" at the first pour? Actually if I pour 1 then another I get the "pop" on the first pour of the next beer. Its almost like there is an air bubble in the line.
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I suspect a tiny leak inside the tower or the faucet. It lowers the pressure very slowly and CO2 breaks out of solution forming a bubble. Open the tap and POP, then good pours from then on. After a nites sleep and a days work the bubble has reformed.

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I agree w/ that 100% but whats w/ the "pop" at the first pour? Actually if I pour 1 then another I get the "pop" on the first pour of the next beer. Its almost like there is an air bubble in the line.
The pop could be overcarbing, but I'm more willing to believe it is from the warm lines too. As the lines warm, CO2 becomes less soluble in the beer, and forms bubbles in the line. If I have a warm spot in a line, big huge bubbles will form, (like 1 cm diameter bubbles...stretched out inside the tube of course)...I'm guessing you get bubbles rising to the top of your tower and building in the nipple on the back of the shaft, then when you pull the tap that air bubble pops out...
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The pop could be overcarbing, but I'm more willing to believe it is from the warm lines too. As the lines warm, CO2 becomes less soluble in the beer, and forms bubbles in the line. If I have a warm spot in a line, big huge bubbles will form, (like 1 cm diameter bubbles...stretched out inside the tube of course)...I'm guessing you get bubbles rising to the top of your tower and building in the nipple on the back of the shaft, then when you pull the tap that air bubble pops out...
This is someting that I can see on the very first pour, but after the beer gets going it still happens. Also, the Miller line that runs right next to the micro line doesnt do it at all. Could there be a problem w/ the coupler?
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