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Old 02-10-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Ranco is at 30 beer is at 42 and still foaming.

How do I get the Ranco to accurately regulate the temp of the beer. Right now the beer has been in the freezer for 4 Days. The Ranco is set at 32 with a 2 degree dif. The beer however is 42 degrees and foaming like crazy. Will 42 degrees make the beer foam and if so how do I get the Ranco to regulate the beer temp more accurately?

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:16 PM   #2
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Where is the sensor located? If it is touching anything, it may be giving inaccurate readings.

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:19 PM   #3
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Beer shouldn't foam at 42. Give us some more vitals on your setup like liquid hose diameter and length...taps you're using...etc.

As far as the thermostat setting, I never trust those things. I always place the thermostat probe next to a digital thermometer probe inside the unit and when the digital thermometer hits the temp I was shooting for, I dial off the thermostat just enough to click off the compressor.

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32 is pretty cold... Most folks would say to serve around 45 degrees. If you're foaming like crazy at 32, you've got a few things to consider. What PSI are you serving at? How long are your lines? What's the ID?

I'd recommend getting longer lines, or smaller diameter lines. I use ~8-10ft of 3/16 ID hose and don't have a foaming problem. Also, if you're using a picnic faucet, make sure to open it all the way.

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I serve all my beer at 42F, zero foaming issues. Your problem lies elsewhere.

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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Beer shouldn't foam at 42. Give us some more vitals on your setup like liquid hose diameter and length...taps you're using...etc.
Yeah...what he said!
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I have 3/16ID Bevlex hose 12' length. I have tried to serve it from 4psi-12psi no difference in foam. The ranco probe is not touching anything. I have had it off gas with all Co2 purged from the kegs for 3 days to lower the carbonation in the event if was overcarbed. The probe is set to 32, the beer/foam poured is 42 degrees. Standard style taps out of a tower. First beer pours like all of the rest... Foam.
So there are the vitals.

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I have 3/16ID Bevlex hose 12' length. I have tried to serve it from 4psi-12psi no difference in foam. The ranco probe is not touching anything. I have had it off gas with all Co2 purged from the kegs for 3 days to lower the carbonation in the event if was overcarbed. The probe is set to 32, the beer/foam poured is 42 degrees. Standard style taps out of a tower. First beer pours like all of the rest... Foam.
So there are the vitals.
What were your carbing and off gassing procedures?
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I carbed it at 35psi for 24 hours. It foamed so Like I said, I turned all of the gas off and purged all of the Co2 from the kegs for three days.

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:44 PM   #10
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Is this just the first glass you are having foaming issues with?

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