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mkozlowski 04-04-2013 01:52 PM

My Kegged Beer is Too Foamy
 
I'm kind of new at kegging and learning more as i go but recently i may have run into a little problem. It may be too early to say but my beer is way too foamy at 10-12psi.

I'll walk you through what i did:

I have a kegco kegerator with the dial set to the coldest setting (i believe they go to 38 degrees but i cant confirm mine is that cold).
Monday I syphoned a blueberry ale into the keg
attached the gas and set the pressure to 25psi
Let the keg sit over night to get it cold
Next day in an attempt to force carb i shook it for 15 mins (i thought that was the standard but now im thinking that was too long).
last night I dialed the psi down to 0
i pulled the pressure release to equalize the keg
attached my beer line
Opened the faucet
increased the psi up to 10-12psi to adjust for the pour

At this point the beer was mostly foam so i dialed it down to 8 psi and it was a little better but now the pour is super slow (and still a little foamy).

Is it because i shook it too long?
Is it over carbonated? based on the bubbles it almost doesnt seem carbonated enough.
Could my faucet be too warm?
Should i have waited longer to test?

If anyone has any videos they recommend or books on kegging? I didnt check to see if John Palmer has a section yet though im sure he does. Going to do that next.

But any help is appreciated.
Thanks.

JDGator 04-04-2013 02:06 PM

drop the pressure down to 3-4PSI and give it a pour. if it's still all foam then it's over-carbed. you can turn off the gas, keep pulling the relief and vent some CO2 or you can shake it some to help it come out faster. be careful with the shaking because when you pull the relief you may get a ton of beer out. i over carb mine lots because i get in a rush to drink it. LOL

kapbrew13 04-04-2013 02:06 PM

Does it get better after a few pours? Doesn't sound like over carbonation.

forstmeister 04-04-2013 02:11 PM

Check your dip tube and your lid seal. A buddy had all foam recently in his kegerator and when I pulled the dip tube out there was a ding in the flange at the top. Just enough to suck air into the system when pouring. It foamed like crazy. Once we swapped it out it poured perfectly.

Bobby_M 04-04-2013 02:12 PM

My recommendation is to check out the sticky threads up at the top of the kegging forum. It's either overcarbed or your serving lines are way too short (probably both).

mkozlowski 04-04-2013 02:13 PM

Thanks JD i'll give that a try later when i get home. When i pull the pin to reduce carb should i disconnect the gas? or leave that attached? and at what level?

Kapbrew, i'm not totally sure i'll have to try that as well. So far i just tried two glasses last night. i didnt want to waste any lol so i just waited for the foam to die down and drank it. After the foam went down though it was a little carbonated but it wasnt anything ferocious.

I really have to get a temp strip to leave in the fridge so i can see what temp it really is. How do i test when it comes out of the faucet? i've read that you lose some temperature to the pour and if its too warm it could make it foamy as well. I do have the fridge next to a heater (bad spot), but its the only place we really have room for it at the moment.

Thanks for the replies.

mkozlowski 04-04-2013 02:13 PM

I'll take a look at that Bobby, thanks.

JDGator 04-04-2013 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mkozlowski (Post 5075027)
Thanks JD i'll give that a try later when i get home. When i pull the pin to reduce carb should i disconnect the gas? or leave that attached? and at what level?

Kapbrew, i'm not totally sure i'll have to try that as well. So far i just tried two glasses last night. i didnt want to waste any lol so i just waited for the foam to die down and drank it. After the foam went down though it was a little carbonated but it wasnt anything ferocious.

I really have to get a temp strip to leave in the fridge so i can see what temp it really is. How do i test when it comes out of the faucet? i've read that you lose some temperature to the pour and if its too warm it could make it foamy as well. I do have the fridge next to a heater (bad spot), but its the only place we really have room for it at the moment.

Thanks for the replies.

you can disconnect the gas or you can just turn it off. keep pulling the relief every hour or so. may take up to a day to get it right. then turn the gas back on and set your serving pressure.

kapbrew13 04-04-2013 02:19 PM

There's also a utube vid on how to correct over carbonation. You could try that too. How long are you beer lines?

mkozlowski 04-04-2013 02:26 PM

Will check out the youtube vid... i watched some others on kegging but everyone seems to have their own opinion on it. Which makes it tricky... have to try a bunch of things and figure what works.

The lines though are the ones that came with the unit. I'll check the documentation later when i get home but if i had to guess id say they were 5 feet.


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