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Old 01-10-2008, 03:09 AM   #1
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I got a little over zealous on the thermostat on the refrigerator I guess. It appears that I froze the top layer of my keg and apparently it is also frozen somewhere along the dip tube. I'm not getting any flow at all. Any advice besides letting it thaw. Thanks.

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Old 01-10-2008, 03:58 AM   #2
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it needs to thaw out. its this a regular fridge thermostat, or a more precise temp controller?

either way, you want it in the low 40's...warmer than your kitchen fridge by a few degrees.
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There is not a "fast" answer. Let it thaw and re adjust your temp controller.


P.S. a fridge thermo is hard to use for precise control.

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should i expect to see any affect on the taste from the freeze over?

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Old 01-10-2008, 10:21 PM   #5
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No taste effect that you'd notice.

Most likely, it's just the top of the dipe tube and some hose that is frozen.

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Great, I'm glad to hear that. I appreciate everyone's input.

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try flexing the lines especially where near the coils, then bump the PSI up while holding the faucet open. When I first got my kegerator this would happen occasionally and bumping it up to 30 psi for a few minutes and flexing the lines usually was enough to burp the ice out, then be sure to turn the PSI back down.

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I froze one solid a few months ago. Luckily there was enough head space. I just sat it out in my basemnt with a towel under it for all of the condesation that appeard on the keg and in 3 days it was good to go. tasted fine.

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the liquid that isn't frozen will be uber alcoholic though.... happened to me once that part of my keg froze, i didn't know why i got so hammered that night until the entire thing froze...

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the liquid that isn't frozen will be uber alcoholic though.... ...
That's how you get frost brewed beer. If you reach in there and pick off the ice crystals, your essentially "ice brewing". Decreasing the final gravity of the beer by removing the (heavier) water in the form of ice...leaving behind a beer higher in alcohol (and with a lower gravity).
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