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Old 07-12-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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I have a draft beer setup and only run my psi at 9 and I have a huge problem with over carbing. Doesn't matter how big the beer is the first few are always alot of head. Any ideas?

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Old 07-12-2010, 06:27 PM   #2
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when you say "first few"... do you mean the first few of the keg or the first few every day?

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First few everyday.....

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Are you using a tap tower?

Sounds like your problem isn't over carbing. that would affect every pint, every day. My guess is that your lines are a little warm, so you get an outrush of gas on the first (warmer ones) and then once the lines are cold you get good pours.

I have this issue on the first pour of the day on my system, too. That first pint from the tap gets about 2" of head on it. Subsequent pours have much less.

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As a matter of fact I am using a tower. I never thought of that. So I need to figure out how to get the lines colder.

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As a matter of fact I am using a tower. I never thought of that. So I need to figure out how to get the lines colder.

Lots of people take a cooling fan from a PC, wired up to a DC power source, and use that to blow the cold air up and into the tower to keep the lines cold.

I tried the trick of using copper pipes as jackets for the lines... the idea being that the copper would act as a heat sink and stay cold up through the tower if you extended them down into the fridge cabinet.

I don't think that works very well having done it myself, but perhaps it does help a little? No idea... I never tried the kegerator without the copper pipes.
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I fixed the tower issue but it didn't seem to do anything. The beer just come firing out of there and the my PSI is 9. Thoughts?

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Is it still just a problem with the first couple pints you pull or is it worse now??

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What size lines are you using and how long are they?

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What size lines are you using and how long are they?
I was going to ask that at first, but if it was a line balancing issue, he would get the foam all the time and not just on the first couple of pints of the day.

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