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Old 06-09-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hi,

I think I may have made a mistake.

I'm trying to keg beer for the first time. It's a lager. I did what the guy at the LHBS told me to do.

1. Sanitize, fill, and seal the keg.
2. Put the gas on the out.
3. Set psi to 50.
4. Lay on side and shake for 10-15 mins.
5. Let co2 out of headspace.
6. Set to 12psi.
7. Enjoy

I did this and the first beer shot out and filled the chases with foam. I let it sit for an hour or so and I get the same thing.

What am I doing wrong? I have company coming over in a bit and I promised homebrew! Can I rescue this in time? Did I ruin the batch? Did I over carb?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-09-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Set your regulator to 10 PSI. Relieve the pressure off the top of your keg. Come back after a couple hours and run a test pour. If it is still frothing, repeat the bleed off proceedure, wait two hours and try again.

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Old 06-09-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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Next time, either set and forget for
3 weeks at serving pressure or
Cold crash a few days
24 hours @ 30 psi
Purge
Set to serving pressure
Test in a few days

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Old 06-09-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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Also, make sure there are no warm spots in your beer lines. When cold beer hits warm line, it gets foamy.

I think you'll be fine. If after a couple hours, lower the psi even a couple more psi.

How long are your beer lines. A quick search, you'll find a chart that will tell you how high your pressure needs to be for the length of your beer lines.

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Hi

How long are your beer lines? 10 to 20 feet of 3/16 seems like a good idea.

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Also, make sure there are no warm spots in your beer lines. When cold beer hits warm line, it gets foamy.

I think you'll be fine. If after a couple hours, lower the psi even a couple more psi.

How long are your beer lines. A quick search, you'll find a chart that will tell you how high your pressure needs to be for the length of your beer lines.
It's just in a mini fridge so the lines aren't running a long distance.

When I poured the first brew it came out with a vengeance!
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It's just in a mini fridge so the lines aren't running a long distance.

When I poured the first brew it came out with a vengeance!
Hi

That's a good sign that your lines are to short. It should come out a bit slowly.

Bob
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:48 PM   #8
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It's just in a mini fridge so the lines aren't running a long distance.

When I poured the first brew it came out with a vengeance!
Yeah, sorry to say that your instructions sucked. Badly.

Not much you can do now except turn the pressure way down to like 8 psi in the fridge, and keep pulling the pressure relief valve constantly. The beer is QY overcarbed, plus shaken up besides. Think of what happens when you shake the crap out of a bottled soda and open it- explosive foam. That's what you've got now.

You could try to fix by getting 12' line serving lines right away (recommended anyway) and continuing to pull the pressure relief valve. But I wouldn't really plan on serving this until next weekend since it's such a foamy mess right now.
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How long are your beer lines? 10 to 20 feet of 3/16 seems like a good idea.

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Maybe 3 or 4 feet...
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Maybe 3 or 4 feet...
Unfortunately, that's only going to add to your overcarbed problems. It'll come out of those short lines like a fire hose.
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