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Old 12-28-2006, 10:45 PM   #1
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Just wondering why my instructions for my keg system say to carb at 30 for 48hrs, then set to 5 for serving pressure.... most of you guys use 10-12 with the set it and forget it method. My beer is carbed now and i couldn't get it to pour a good glass unless i set it to 5 psi. 10-12 was way too much for a serving pressure. Should I try to use the patient method from homebrew.com?

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Old 12-28-2006, 10:57 PM   #2
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I am of the opinion that the set it and forget it method eliminates all of the guess work and is the only way to get consistently repeatable results.

As far as you having difficulty serving beers at 10-12 psi, I would ask you what length of serving line you were using, and was is 3/16" ID thick walled, smooth bore beverage tubing?

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Old 12-28-2006, 11:39 PM   #3
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The size & length of the tubing needs to be adjusted for serving pressure or the other way around, which is much easier. My kegger runs 10-12 psi for serving & has 6 ft. of 3/16" tubing. Party taps are 4 ft. of 5/16th and I de-gas to 5 psi for them. The soda water is 30 psi & 12 ft of 3/16th.

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Old 12-29-2006, 12:58 AM   #4
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i have 5ft of BEVLEX 3/16th id line

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Old 12-29-2006, 03:23 AM   #5
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i have 5ft of BEVLEX 3/16th id line
Is that connected to a faucet or a picnic tap? If it is a picnic tap, 5' may not be long enough.

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Old 12-29-2006, 05:35 AM   #6
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i feel like this topic comes up at least once a week here. can we put this up in a FAQ of some sort here?

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Old 12-29-2006, 05:38 AM   #7
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Is that connected to a faucet or a picnic tap? If it is a picnic tap, 5' may not be long enough.
Regardless of the tap, 5' is likely to be too short. Especially if the tap isn't at least a couple of feet above the top of the keg.
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:41 AM   #8
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i use about 5 ft for my kegerator beerline lengths, i serve at 10 psi at 40F, which is about 2.3 volumes of co2. my pour is pretty decent, i think.

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Old 12-29-2006, 04:06 PM   #9
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i guess to clarify a little...I have a cobra tap, everything is in the fridge at 38deg, and the line is just circled around the keg.

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Line is too short. I have the same kind of setup, but use a 1/4 inch hose, about 5 feet and can serve around 11 psi with not too much foam.

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