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Old 09-05-2012, 01:27 AM   #1
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Default Too much foam!!! What am I doing wrong?

Hello HBT community... I'm having foaming problems on my beer. I have "balanced" my system using different equations, and all of them result in the theory that my beer should be "fine." My kegerator is at 40*F, I'm pushing 12 PSI, and my beer line is 5 feet long... Still, I get a little more than 1/4 foam when I pour a pint. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-05-2012, 01:30 AM   #2
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Try one foot of beer line for every pound of psi that you use

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Try one foot of beer line for every pound of psi that you use
I should mention that my beer line is 3/16th ID. With that, 12 feet of 3/16ths ID line, wouldn't I get no head whatsoever on my pours?
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Could also be the way you are force carbing the keg. I have had good luck with 20 psi for two days. Then bring down to 10psi

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Could also be the way you are force carbing the keg. I have had good luck with 20 psi for two days. Then bring down to 10psi
I was wondering if that was the problem. I did it at 25 PSI for about 36 hours and then brought it down to 12 PSI and its been sitting at that pressure for the past 24 hours. Am I not waiting long enough after bringing it down before drinking it? Sorry to sound like a newbie, but this the first beer that I've kegged and dispensed.
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I was wondering if that was the problem. I did it at 25 PSI for about 36 hours and then brought it down to 12 PSI and its been sitting at that pressure for the past 24 hours. Am I not waiting long enough after bringing it down before drinking it? Sorry to sound like a newbie, but this the first beer that I've kegged and dispensed.
No, that's fine (although maybe slightly overcarbed). You need longer lines. Go with 10' lines at a minimum, and you'll have perfect pours even at a higher psi.

The worst thing that will happen if your lines are "too long" is that it will take a few seconds longer to pour a pint. You'll still have head, and full carbonation.
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No, that's fine (although maybe slightly overcarbed). You need longer lines. Go with 10' lines at a minimum, and you'll have perfect pours even at a higher psi.

The worst thing that will happen if your lines are "too long" is that it will take a few seconds longer to pour a pint. You'll still have head, and full carbonation.
Okay, I suppose I'll give it a try... 10 feet, even with 3/16th ID beer line? What do I do with all of the line slack? Can I roll it up into a loop and use twist-ties to secure it? or should I just let it dangle? I'd have to do something with it if its 10' long.
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Coil it up to fit on top of the keg...

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Ha, I don't know why I didn't think of that Cheers, indeed! Thanks!
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So I now have 10' of 3/16ths ID beer line and its STILL giving me about 1/2 foam. WTF????

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