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Old 10-03-2012, 04:46 PM   #11
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I have had a number of 'overfoam' issues when I try to force carb at high pressure too. I have just decided to simply be patient for a few days and let the beer pressurize at 12 or so psi, then bleed it and move the pressure to 8. I try to have a few beers set aside for the few days I'm waiting for the beer to carb slowly. It seems every time I try to 'speed carb' my beer it just gets too foamy. I haven't found I have to wait a full 10 days to get decent carbonation. 4 or 5 is usually sufficient for me. I also don't start carbing until the beer is cold.

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Old 10-03-2012, 05:16 PM   #12
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How many have you pulled?

Just tapped my first keg last night as well on a very similar setup and I noticed the first... 4-5? ish.. glasses had a lot of foam. As I worked through the next 2-3 it settled down to normal for me.

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:19 PM   #13
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See the thing that is weird is on Saturday, it took about four beers and then it settled down. Then I went to pull a beer on Monday night and the foam was back!

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:22 PM   #14
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yeah, you just pushed too much CO2 in at 40 psi. I would turn off the gas, purge your keg then purge it a couple of more times over the next 12-24 hours. Then re-apply about 12psi and let it sit.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:22 PM   #15
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So I tried everything y'all suggested. The only thing I can figure is that I have a bum reg. I set the reg to one setting and it refused to hold a consistent pressure in hose. So I'm hoping that the new regulator will be what I nee to fix the issue.

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So I tried everything y'all suggested. The only thing I can figure is that I have a bum reg. I set the reg to one setting and it refused to hold a consistent pressure in hose. So I'm hoping that the new regulator will be what I nee to fix the issue.
The reg is fine. It wont hold pressure because you overcarbed it initially. Read the keg carbing illustrated thread that is stickied. Dont ask the lhbs for kegging advice anymore.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:41 PM   #17
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See the thing that is weird is on Saturday, it took about four beers and then it settled down. Then I went to pull a beer on Monday night and the foam was back!
This means that either the carbonation level is still higher than the level corresponding to your serving pressure, or the lines and faucet are significantly warmer than the beer. My guess, based on how you carbed it, is the first one.

And +1 to not getting any more kegging advice from that LHBS.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:46 PM   #18
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I second that it isn't your regulator - highly improbable unless you remember banging the hell out of it recently. Try increasing your liquid line to 12 feet of 3/16" ID. Keeping your pint glass in the freezer also helps reduce C02 escaping solution when it hits your glass.

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I agree that a long serving line would reduce the symptoms but it's likely more highly carbed than you'd really want. I'd turn the gas off or disconnect that keg and pull the vent a couple times over the course of a few hours. THEN set the reg to 10psi, hook it up and give it a try. Pour an ounce and knock it back, then fill a pint.

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I agree that a long serving line would reduce the symptoms but it's likely more highly carbed than you'd really want. I'd turn the gas off or disconnect that keg and pull the vent a couple times over the course of a few hours. THEN set the reg to 10psi, hook it up and give it a try. Pour an ounce and knock it back, then fill a pint.
I agree. 40 psi for 24 hours overcarbed the keg, and it's still foamy because it's trying to equalize. To solve, turn off the gas and pull the pressure relief all the time. Then, the next morning set the psi at 10-11 psi and let it sit.

It's a pain to fix an overcarbed keg, so it's easier to carb with "set it and forget it" methods- like set it at 11 psi and walk away for a week. But in huge hurry, I've had good luck with setting it at 30 psi for 36 hours (for a warm keg that is stuck into the kegerator) or for 24 hours (for an already cold keg) and then pulling the pressure relief valve and setting it at 12 psi. It's not perfect, but it's the only way I've found that won't overcarb the beer.
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