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Old 08-30-2009, 03:46 PM   #111
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These things would work great in a Immersion CHiller or a HEX ..... breaks up the boundary layer on the inside of the tubing for better heat exchanges....

just my two cents.

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Old 08-31-2009, 03:29 PM   #112
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I finally checked my sampling picnic tap. Yes it is 3/8" Micromatic tubing that I put 3 of the 3/16" inserts into. I just checked my Ofest. Keg is currently at 70 F and @ ~25 psi. It was only a little more foamy than ideal with just a 2.5 ft line.

I think I might have heated up the tubing in hot water prior to putting the inserts in. I recall it was a tight fit.

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Old 08-31-2009, 07:31 PM   #113
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I guess I won't give up just yet then. I know the tubing I was trying with was already cooled to 45F. The inserts are pretty delicate though and prone to snapping if pushed on too hard.

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Old 09-05-2009, 09:19 PM   #114
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Simply awesome. I just put 2 of these into a keg of Belgian Wit that I had at 12PSI. I really wanted to run 15PSI, but with only 5ft it sucked to pour. Now 15PSI no problems. I may even run a 1/2 or 1/4 sized one in my 10 PSI beers.

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Old 09-17-2009, 11:06 PM   #115
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I read this post, and ordered a few of the 'swizzle sticks'. My review is a little mixed, but I took some photos to show.

I believe they helped, but not as dramatically as I had hoped. First, my setup is 5' of 3/16 bev line, temp 40*F (or colder), 15 psi. I have two on tap for about two weeks now, and they are/were pretty foamy. I poured them into small glasses to make the foam more noticeable.

All pours had a 'line clearing' pour first to prevent line foam affecting the pour. Forward seal faucets.

First pour ALE no swizzle sticks:



SECOND POUR ALE, with 3 Swizzle sticks:



First pour Oatmeal Nut Brown No swizzle:



Second pour oatmeal nut brown with 3 swizzle sitcks:



Here's a pic of the swizzle before going in:



Here's a another just for fun:



Here's a full beer pour with the large 18-20 ounce glass:



So, hopefully these pics help you all out. Just for those who want to know I wick the throttle open and closed to prevent foam. I can't think of anything else to help the foam, save turning down the pressure. Granted most probably don't carb up to 15 lbs, but for the ale's I like it, for the browns I like a little less.

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Old 09-17-2009, 11:14 PM   #116
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rshosted, I have the same 3/16, 5' lines as you and this solution hasn't helped much, if at all. I only 1 stick in each keg, though, so maybe that's the issue. I'm still working on it. I have a beer going to keg tomorrow that I'm going to set and forget instead of my usual force carbing. See if that helps.

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rshosted, I have the same 3/16, 5' lines as you and this solution hasn't helped much, if at all. I only 1 stick in each keg, though, so maybe that's the issue. I'm still working on it. I have a beer going to keg tomorrow that I'm going to set and forget instead of my usual force carbing. See if that helps.
I agree, I'm not sure it helped that much with three.... I did notice how much slower it poured, but other than that, it was similar to turning down the pressure a little. I may try another beer with the pressure down a few notches to see how that works.

Though, I have been drinking all the 'test beer' and my fingers are a little tingly, so I don't know how objective I will be.
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With two of these I have my Apfelwein and my Berliner Weiss on tap at 21 PSI and 42*F. Needless to say since I'm using ghetto picnic taps in my 'rator, I would get 100% foam without these wonderful devices.

This is the greatest thread I have ever run across. Outside of the FC anyway.

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What I am finding is that these stirrers do not have the same effect between party taps and Perlicks. Or am I imagining this? I have an upstairs kegerator with two party taps and these things work like a dream. Downstairs I have 5 Perlicks connected and all I am getting from the stir rods is slow flow. Funny thing is that I am getting the same amount of foam in my glass regardless of fill speed with the Perlicks.

Oh man, something else for me to think about. Which tap a keg is ultimately destined for so that I can decide whether to put a stir rod in or not.

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I agree, I'm not sure it helped that much with three.... I did notice how much slower it poured, but other than that, it was similar to turning down the pressure a little.
I thought that was the idea, to get the same pour as if you had lower PSI while being able to keep the keg carbed at higher PSI. Or are you saying that the pour was slow like low PSI but foamy like high PSI? Thinking about the stainless version, and trying to clarify.
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