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Old 06-25-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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Hello,
I am just getting into the kegerator game and I have a question.

My beer is pouring with too much foam. After the first pour, it is about 80% foam. After a minute, it settles to about half foam, half beer. I can pour again and get it to 75% beer, but that is the best I can do.

I love the kegerator and having draft beer at home, but I would like to be able to get it right on the first pour. It is not too much trouble for myself, but if I entertain, it would be nice to have it pour right the first time.

Here's a little background:

Fridge is 36-38 degrees.
Kegerator is a two-product tower mini-fridge with a perlick faucet.
Beer is NBB Skinny Dip Sixtel (the keg was ready before I have any homebrew ready...I am putting homebrew in it soon)
CO2 is set at 12 psi.

When I pour, I am holding the glass at 45 degrees and open the faucet all the way. At about 3/4 full, I put the glass upright and close the faucet quickly.

Any tips?

Thanks.

Eric

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Old 06-25-2009, 07:24 PM   #2
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What size and how long are your beer lines? Lines that are too short or to big will cause it to foam.

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approx 5' of 3/16" ID line. I could probably take off 2.5'. The line does dip below the tap about 1 foot before coiling back up toward the tower.

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NO!!! Dont do that!!! The longer the line the better. Helps equalize the pressure so you dont get as much foam. If anything I would use 10ft of line.

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I'm using 6' of 3/16" line in my kegerator, so we should be pretty close. I also generally run 10-12psi but up to 14 on some beers.

When you're tilting the glass at 45 degrees, do you have the spout of the tap right against the side of the glass so the beer almost slides into the glass?

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I'm using 6' of 3/16" line in my kegerator, so we should be pretty close. I also generally run 10-12psi but up to 14 on some beers.

When you're tilting the glass at 45 degrees, do you have the spout of the tap right against the side of the glass so the beer almost slides into the glass?

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It is not far from the glass, but I didn't give it much thought. Should I keep it close to the glass?
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It is not far from the glass, but I didn't give it much thought. Should I keep it close to the glass?
it should be touching the glass.
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So, I poured again tonight. I underestimated how much foam it was...it is more like 90% foam and 10% beer that becomes 50/50 after about a minute. I poured with the faucet touching the glass as well. I will post a picture a little later.

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Immediately after the pour:


After 60 seconds:


After 3 minutes:

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I can definitely try 10 feet of beer line to see if this helps.

Does anyone else have tips or tricks to try.

This is kind of a PITA.

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