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Old 03-20-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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Default No beer, only CO2 out of the tap?

I admit, I'm a bad beer drinker. I haven't had a keg since college, a long time ago. I just got a True TDD-2 kegerator, and got it up and running today. So, I did what any other man would do and immediately got my CO2 bottle filled and a fresh keg of Highland Gaelic Ale. If this goes well, I'll start kegging using Sanke kegs for the homebrew.

I cleaned and sanitized everything. I filled a sanke keg with sanitizer and ran it through the lines without a problem.

I disconnected the micromatic connector and threw it on the keg of goodness. Now all I'm getting is CO2. No foam, nothing going into the line. Straight CO2 coming out of the spout.

I've played with the pressure, running it from 2 to 20 psi, no change. What am I missing here?

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Old 03-20-2012, 12:14 AM   #2
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Hooked up backwards?

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Old 03-20-2012, 12:15 AM   #3
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Do you have the liquid and co2 lines going to the correct spot?

On sankeys the liquid gold comes out the top center and gas is on the side.

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Yes, everything is correct. I ran sanitizer through first, and merely moved the micromatic over to the new keg right afterwards.

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And the keg has been steady in the kegerator for about four hours now. It definitely should have settled...even though I hauled it home in the sidecar.

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The sanitizer flowed but not the brew? hmm. Is the lever engaged?

(Edit) gave it a nice ride home I see.

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Old 03-20-2012, 12:39 AM   #7
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Yes, sanitizer flows but not beer. I just hooked up the second tap to the sanitizer, and it flowed too, made a huge mess. I thought that keg was empty and that hooking it up might seal a leak, but it turns out it just sent sanitizer up the other tower and onto my head.

The beer is on the brand new tower. It worked for sanitizer too. The old tower is crap, and doesn't like to turn off, as noted by the sanitizer incident above.

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Here is how I'm connected. The top is indeed going to the tower, and the CO2 is connected at the side. The ports are clearly labeled on the other side, but I didn't want to slosh the keg around to show that.



Here is what the CO2 regulator looks like. I've run the gauntlet from 2-20 psi. I've settled on 5-10 because that is what I recall being normal.



And here is the whole setup. I'm running this to the tower on the left. It is brand new and successfully ran sanitizer. Nothing is hooked up to the tower on the right.

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My guess is that someone at the brewery screwed up when cleaning and filling the keg and either didn't install the spear, or installed it incorrectly.

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Possible, but is that likely? This is a store-bought keg, not a homebrew.

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