Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Is something wrong with my CO2?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-15-2014, 01:55 PM   #1
wdwalter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 69
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default Is something wrong with my CO2?

I've been having problems with the head retention on my beers that I force carbonate. Pouring from Keg or bottle, they look okay at first, but you can hear them fizz, which results in very little head after 30 seconds.
Now, everyone will problem say this is over-carbonation, but I don't think that's it. I've got my temp at 36 and PSI around 12 which should be about right.

So the last keg I put on tap was a Belgian Saison, which I KEG CONDITIONED with priming sugar. After 2 weeks of conditioning and chilling the keg, I poured a perfect pint of beer with great head, perfect carbonation, and no fizzing sound. I left the keg hooked up to CO2 overnight, and the next day poured another pint. It was fizzy just like the force carbonated beers and didn't taste quite the same as the day before. The nice fine bubbles I had were gone and head retention lasts about 20 seconds.

Again, I don't think this is an over-carbonation issue.

What is going on??!!

__________________
wdwalter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-15-2014, 11:47 PM   #2
JRems
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Mahopac, NY
Posts: 2,229
Liked 58 Times on 50 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Maybe your glasses are not "beer clean"

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobby_M View Post
Simcoe smells like 10 cats pissing on a pine tree. It's awesome.
JRems is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-20-2014, 03:00 PM   #3
bberg
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bberg's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 264
Liked 32 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

He said he was able to pour a good head from priming, aka his glasses are fine...

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Home Brew mobile app

__________________

"Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer Holder"

"I make my beer by putting root beer in square cups"

bberg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-20-2014, 03:03 PM   #4
morticaixavier
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 282
Liked 37 Times on 32 Posts

Default

could there be oil in the tank? that would cause loss of head retention. People say that there is oil in paint ball gun co2 canisters and you shouldn't use them. although people also say that's not true so take it with a big grain of salt

__________________

"Creativity is the residue of wasted time"

- A. Einstein

morticaixavier is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-20-2014, 03:05 PM   #5
bberg
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bberg's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 264
Liked 32 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

Are you using a shank and faucet or a picnic tap?

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Home Brew mobile app

__________________

"Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer Holder"

"I make my beer by putting root beer in square cups"

bberg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-20-2014, 03:06 PM   #6
WissaBrewGuy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 179
Liked 15 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

I'm just sort of throwing things out there but you may want to clean out your regulator and inspect your tap/gas lines. Oil is a head killer and maybe you have some sort of organic build up in your regulator. Honestly I have no idea how that could happen but it is the first thing that popped in my head. When you poured that good pint did you use the same liquid line and faucet that you used for the disappointing pint?

How well do you clean your faucets? Do you use faucet plugs when the faucets are not in use?

__________________

Success is buried in the garden of failure - Rick Wakeman

WissaBrewGuy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Adding the wrong sugar at the wrong time? Alcoholica Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 03-01-2014 09:18 PM
Added the wrong hops at the wrong time Kevbot Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 02-04-2014 03:16 AM
What did I do wrong, or what is wrong with my setup? Opus_X All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 04-03-2012 01:58 AM
Wrong hops, wrong time. Any ideas? DansBrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 11-28-2009 11:38 PM
Always the wrong place wrong time OHIOSTEVE Wine Making Forum 7 10-04-2009 07:07 PM