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Old 03-27-2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default Longer beer lines or am I doing something wrong?

I know this is a hot topic here, but I've searched and searched and haven't found a solution that works.

I've had a kegerator for about 6 months. For the first few months we tried to balance the lines but were unable to (they were short and thick.). So, on the advice of HBTers, I got new, 10 ft, 3/16 inch lines. But still, something's not right.

Disclaimer: Everything I've tried I've tried with both homebrews and commercial beers. So overcarbonation in the keg probably isn't a problem, since I've tried things with newly tapped commercial kegs.

I have to lower the PSI to 8 PSI to get a pour that's slow enough to not come out to heady. Any higher than 8 and it comes out way to fast and too heady. The problem with lowering it so much is that when it sits at 8 PSI for a few days, it gets noticeably flat. The only way to do it so far has been to lower for serving, and increase it when I'm not drinking. But there's gotta be a better way (bars don't do that, afterall). I'm looking for a solution to be able to serve at carbonating pressure, so 12ish.

Would increasing to a longer line (12-14 ft, 3/16 inch) help this? Then I'd be able to raise the pressure to 12 and the pour would be slowed down? Some have told me that 10 is already on the long side, yet it still requires such a low PSI.

Any help is much appreciated! I just want a good beer from my kegerator! Thanks everyone

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Old 03-28-2013, 12:29 AM   #2
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There are many here more knowledgable than me, but I have 15ft lines and am very happy with the pour and head.

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Old 03-28-2013, 12:46 AM   #3
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One missing detail: how cold is the beer in the keg(s)?

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Old 03-28-2013, 01:07 AM   #4
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One missing detail: how cold is the beer in the keg(s)?

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YES! Pressure is related to temperature. Your temp needs to be steady to have the right constant pressure.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:06 PM   #5
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Right, should have mentioned that. I hold a steady 39-40.

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:09 PM   #6
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Same issue here. Have tower fan. Trying longer line this week.

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:18 PM   #7
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I thought about a fan...no doubt it would help keep the higher air colder and help keep head down a little, but there's no way it would solve my problem...TOO MUCH HEAD!

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Could it be over carbonated?


Fan helped a lot. Hoping longer line seals the deal.

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Some of the beers have been freshly tapped commercial beers, so I don't think over carbonation is the issue

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I am not sure if this is correct but to me it sounds like you have a leak somewhere letting air into your system, if you carb at a certain pressure then lower to serving pressure from my understanding and experience your beer should stay carbed especially commercial kegs. I serve at very low pressure and leave them on that pressure for months with no under carbing. I would check for a leak somewhere ( overtightened hose clamps, undertightened clamps, bad gaskets on the keg)

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