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Old 12-09-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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Help! I purchased a second cobra tap and associated hoses, etc. so that I could have 2 beers on tap at the same time. Well, I've had nothing but problems with this new tap. Last night I wanted to tap my first IPA brew but could not, for the life of me, get it to pour without producing loads of foam (like 7/8 of the glass worth!). I had the keg on 28psi for about 4 days, in the fridge obviously. I turned the pressure down to 5psi and bled off all the gas out of the keg. From first pour to 5th pour it's all the same, tons of foam. The tubing is clear so I can see that as soon as I stop pouring bubbles begin to form at the tap end AND at the keg end. My tubing is about 2.5-3 ft long approximately.

What's going on here and how can I fix it?

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Old 12-09-2009, 06:26 PM   #2
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Hmmm. Does this issue subside after 5 pints? I usually expect the first few to be foamy and poor a pitcher or two to get it going. Is the carbonation level pretty high after the foam subsides?

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Old 12-09-2009, 06:31 PM   #3
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I'm not going on my rant, but next time just for grins, just keg and force carb slowly at serving pressure 8-12psi for 7-14 days or however long it takes.

As for now, Your kegs are over carbed. Take the gas off , shake, pull relief valve ,repeat a few times all day. Then start carbing again as stated above.

Oh and 2-3 ft of line is too short, you need 10 ft of 3/16" line.

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What's the diameter? If it's 3/16'', you need between 5 and 6 feet.

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Hmmm. Does this issue subside after 5 pints? I usually expect the first few to be foamy and poor a pitcher or two to get it going. Is the carbonation level pretty high after the foam subsides?
I only poured maybe 4 pints and it wasn't necessarily getting any better but I'll pour a few more tonight and see if it improves.
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Yes 5-6 feet of 3/16" ID tubing is ideal, and you should really be carbonating at the pressure you intend to serve at. I know force carbonating works, but if you just give it at week at 10 PSI, you wont be having these issues

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What's the diameter? If it's 3/16'', you need between 5 and 6 feet.

I think it's 3/8". I'll have to check tonight. It's just the standard picnic tap line, you know. My first tap is the same diameter and the same length but I don't seem to have any problems with that one.
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Oh yeah - 3 ft of 3/8" tubing will foam like a mo-fo!

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I think it's 3/8". I'll have to check tonight. It's just the standard picnic tap line, you know. My first tap is the same diameter and the same length but I don't seem to have any problems with that one.
No it's 3/16", and yes that lines to short and it's probably overcarbed. You can't help but pour foamy beer with that setup.
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No it's 3/16", and yes that lines to short and it's probably overcarbed. You can't help but pour foamy beer with that setup.

Wildwest, thank you soo very much for responding to my post. As I've said in the past I just can't get enough of your avatar!! But on to my problem; so I should have 5 feet of 3/16" hose and carb my keg at 10psi for 1 week? Is this all correct?

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