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Old 02-02-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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OK well I just put my first two kegs into my Kegerator. I taped everything and of course it was a little pit of foam right away.. well I set the pressure to 10-11 psi.. It was pouring fine. well the next day I go to the keg and just check to see what the pressure was at and its at 20psi. I was like wow.. Ok so I blead the tanks and re-set the pressure to 10 psi and of course the first two beers are all foam.. I attribute this to the fact that the bottom of the fridge is at 32 degree's and the top is at almost 40.(I'm getting a fan for the inside). anyway I go to bed and get up this morning and what the hell the regulator reads 20 psi again.. I blead the lines and re-set it again but I have a feeling that when I get home its going to read the 20 psi again.. Does anyone have any help... Is it a bad regulator.(its brand new)... I know I can fix the foam because of the major temp difference in the lines and the tower and such.. but the pressure has me puzzled....

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Old 02-02-2010, 01:06 PM   #2
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I'm having this same issue. Although luckily not to the same extremes. Mine rose from 12psi to 15 overnight. I just assumed it was not stabilized before I attached the kegs, so the initial readout never fully equalized. But I was force/burst carbing my keg so that makes more sense.

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Old 02-02-2010, 02:29 PM   #3
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I'm having this same issue. Although luckily not to the same extremes. Mine rose from 12psi to 15 overnight. I just assumed it was not stabilized before I attached the kegs, so the initial readout never fully equalized. But I was force/burst carbing my keg so that makes more sense.
Force burst carbing? huh... I dont understand... I am going to try again when I get home I think one problem I might be having is that I am trying to set the pressue while the valves to the kegs are open... I am going to try and turn off the valves and set the psi to 10psi and then open the valves to pressurize the kegs.. maybe that will give me more of a true reading on what I'm getting as far as pressure.. I also need to take the tubing and make sure that it is wrapped up with the coupler cuz I have it running down and then back up.. so I think that might be causing foam also...hmmm.. this is not as easy as I thought...
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hah. Stumbled upon the other thread. Those guys have it right over there. Now that I read it I remember seeing the same explanation before. My co2 cooled in the fridge too causing the problems.

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Old 02-02-2010, 02:38 PM   #5
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Yeah I'm just hoping that its not my regulator cuz i bought it from beveragefactory.com... and I dont feel like sending it all the way back to california to get one swapped out.. especially since I am having a superbowl party this weekend with like 30+ people coming over.. I need the beer to be pouring steady all night long... I think after that first beer its going to be fine because people are going to be consistantly going to the kegs...

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Old 02-02-2010, 02:43 PM   #6
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some regulator drift of a few psi is common especially on cheaper regs. as far as your 30 psi difference, id say something is wrong. i doubt it has anything to do with temperature fluctuations in you kegs. do you have a check valve on your regulator? if you do, pressure greater than what your reg is set to cannot go back into you reg and increase the pressure.

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Old 02-02-2010, 03:08 PM   #7
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There are two things potentially at work here. The first is that you may not have check valves in your distribution manifold or in the valves on the regulator output. If you do some kind of elevated pressure burst carbing, you may have generated more pressure in the keg than what you're setting the regulator to. If you have 15psi worth of carbonation in the keg and set the reg to 10psi, it will settle closer to 15psi on the gauge over time.

The other thing is that if you're putting the reg into the fridge for the first time, as it cools off, the spring that pushes on the diaphragm shrinks and lets more pressure through. In other words, you have to adjust the pressure after the regulator is good and cold.

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Old 02-02-2010, 05:35 PM   #8
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I'll have to try that I am just going to look at everything when I get home and make sure that I reset everything... I payed more for the double gauge regulator... I dont know... will find out more later.. thanks for all the input I will let u know what happens.. hopefully I can get it fixed...

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well nothing worked... I completely bled the system and re charged the system to 5psi... hoping that it would rise to about 10-13psi... well It rose to about 10psi by last night at 12 midnight and then when I woke up this morning it was at 18psi.... I seriously dont know what the hell is going on... I'm guessing its the diaphram being cold since its in my fridgewith the co2 tank... but come on! I cant get this damn thing to levelout.. I turned the pressue down again this morning before I left and bled the system and it energized up to 4-5psi again. But I know when I get home its going to be around 10-15psi.. and It will prob go back up to around 18-20psi... my next question is if this keeps happening untill i get the problem fixed is it going to hurt my kegs?... I am keeping the bottome half of the fridge at aroun32-36degree's obviously the top of the fridge is around 38-40degree's.. I'm waiting on my fan motor to be able to stabilize the temps...but I just want to know with the kegs being charged with 15-20 psi at times will it cause the beer to go flat or anything... I dont want to wast two kegs trying to get this thing running right...

Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Disconnect the QDs from the kegs and set the regulator to 10psi (essentially you're only pressurizing your lines). Leave it alone for a while and see if it holds. If it does, the problem is that your beer is overcarbed and not a regulator problem.

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