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Old 07-03-2008, 05:30 PM   #1
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Carbonating around 15 psi in the fridge...(2-2.5 volumes)...how much line do I need to get a good flow to the faucet/tap?

Right now I use between 3 and 5 feet and it's blowing out like crazy out of my black handheld tap.

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Old 07-03-2008, 05:32 PM   #2
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After it is carbed drop the pressure down to 10psi. At 15psi you'd need a lot of tubing. I think I have about 3 or 4 feet and I usually serve at about 8 or 9psi.

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I'd like to respectfully disagree with weizenheimer. Whatever your equilibrium carb pressure is (the number you got off the carb chart) should ideally be your serving pressure. If it's 8, it's 8. If it's 15, then 15. Make your serving line capable of your maximum used pressure. For me, it's 10 feet of 3/16" line per faucet and I don't ever have to worry about it again.

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Here ya go

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I finally broke down and went with the same method that Bobby M uses. 10' is simple and since the beverage tubing I have comes in 20' lenghts I don't have to worry about having a couple feet of useless tubing lying around.

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I finally broke down and went with the same method that Bobby M uses. 10' is simple and since the beverage tubing I have comes in 20' lenghts I don't have to worry about having a couple feet of useless tubing lying around.
With that long of a serving line, doesn't it come out slowly and with no head? The slowly part doesn't bother me, but just like when pouring a beer from a bottle, I like some head with my beer (no wise-cracks ).
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I have no problems with getting head, at least from my beer.

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Sometimes pouring from my taps with a lower carbed beer I'll have not much head, but I solve that at the end of the pour by pouring into the middle of the glass or partially closing the tap to cause it to foam and end up getting really good head

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I started with 6 feet of line, but had too much foaming at 12 psi. Lowering it to 9 psi didn't keep my beer carbonated enough. I now use 8 feet of line (at 12 psi), and it's perfect!

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Freezer is at 39-40F, regulator set to 10psi, 5ft liquid line.

Belgian style pale ale (1.014) pours with nice head, stout (1.020) no head. I reduce the liquid line to 4ft (for both), same thing. Bump up pressure to 12psi, stout now has minimal head.
I don't want to increase pressure any more because I'm pushing the upper limit of CO2 volumes I want for the stout as it is, so I guess I need to shorten the stout liquid line some more? 4ft is an awful big difference from 10ft, but I'll try dropping to 3ft and see how it goes. It'll have to be the closest keg to the taps though as much shorter and it won't reach at all.

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