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Old 06-27-2007, 01:21 AM   #1
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Default CO2 Charger Beer Line Length?

I've got a bbq on the weekend and a keg I want to take for the traditional tub of ice and picnic faucet treatment. Rather than take my 5lbs bottle and regulator as I have in the past I picked up one of these instead.

Can anyone who has experience with them recommend the length of beer line that works best? I have 3/16 line and a plastic picnic faucet to use; I have no idea how long the line should be to use with this gadget. Thanks!

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Old 06-27-2007, 02:39 AM   #2
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Base your line length on the level of forced carbonation. If you would serve the ale at 12 psi normally, use 6 feet. And be really careful. Do not leave it connected, because if you do, someone will pop the keg. The relief valves are designed for 135 psi, but I bet your party tap would be the point of failure. [ask me how I know]

Use it like a hand pump: re-connect, open the tap, and puff it until you have good flow.

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Because it's an "unregulated" 600 psi, you can't just open it up until the CO2 stops running or you'll overcarbonate. You have to eyeball it, like you do with a picnic pump...when the beer starts running a little slow, give it a shot of CO2.

For that reason, you can use whatever hose length you like, as defined by the carb level in the beer already. Something in the 5-7' range is probably ideal.

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I naturally carbed this keg over the last couple weeks so I think I'll just use my standard 6' lines then. Good point about disconnecting the charger; not sure I'd want to trust random beer drinking Joe #5 not to juice the thing until something blows.

I think I'll do some experimenting the night before (also gives me a chance to do some quality assurance ).

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