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Old 04-30-2008, 03:09 AM   #11
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I had a heck of a time getting my serving pressure right on my first kegged beer. I ended up taking the serving pressure down really low and was able to minimize the amount of foam while maintaining decent carbonation. Not the best solution, but the one that works for now.

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Old 04-30-2008, 03:11 AM   #12
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are you using a faucet or a picnic tap?

I am new to kegging but recently read that if you are using a picnic tap you will need to carbonate your keg, then purge air out and reduce serving pressure to 2-3psi to get a slow pour into your glass. and it would be okay to leave it at this low serving pressure for a few hours, when finished go back up to your carb pressure of 10+ psi. I also read that no length of tube on a picnic tap will be sufficient to serve at 10+ psi.

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Old 04-30-2008, 03:43 AM   #13
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I did not know there was such thing as to much head
maybe the purge the tank and reset at serving PSI
My thoughts exactly. Unless you get to the point like in the Deep Throat movie where Harry needed gause.

Too much FOAM is bad though.

Just my opinion, I could be wrong.
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:13 PM   #14
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[QUOTE=amishland]are you using a faucet or a picnic tap?

I used my faucet and then when that was acting up on both of them i tried a picnic tap and it was the same result.
I'll give BM's idea a try. I'm starting to think though that it has to do with the one variable i haven't thought about and that is the keg itself. But i'll look into that after i try degas the keg and all that. Thanks for all the help everyone.

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Old 05-01-2008, 07:29 PM   #15
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+1 on biermuncher's idea. that should solve it eventually. How long depends on how overcarbonated it is. It took me about 5 days to dial it in right.

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Old 05-01-2008, 08:32 PM   #16
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+1 on biermuncher's idea. that should solve it eventually. How long depends on how overcarbonated it is. It took me about 5 days to dial it in right.
In an extreme case...say the beer is overcarb'd and you have company coming over tomorrow night...
  • Shut off gas.
  • Release pressure from keg and remove lid.
  • Dip a sanitize paddle into the keg and (without aerating) gently move the paddle back and forth in the beer.
  • The beer will suds up and foam.
  • Leave it sit for 30 minutes and repeat several times.
You are basically knocking the CO2 out of solution.
Now you can re-lid, purge the O2 and set to a low PSI and test.

If it's a bit flatter than you like, set the PSI to 20 and taste test every 2-3 hours until it's right and drop the pressure.

I've had to do this before, but only when it was critical to get a keg ready for a party. Doing it wrong and you risk oxygenating your beer which is not good.
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In an extreme case...say the beer is overcarb'd and you have company coming over tomorrow night...
  • Shut off gas.
  • Release pressure from keg and remove lid.
  • Dip a sanitize paddle into the keg and (without aerating) gently move the paddle back and forth in the beer.
  • The beer will suds up and foam.
  • Leave it sit for 30 minutes and repeat several times.
You are basically knocking the CO2 out of solution.
Now you can re-lid, purge the O2 and set to a low PSI and test.

If it's a bit flatter than you like, set the PSI to 20 and taste test every 2-3 hours until it's right and drop the pressure.

I've had to do this before, but only when it was critical to get a keg ready for a party. Doing it wrong and you risk oxygenating your beer which is not good.
I am doing this right now. My brother and I just finished undergrad and we have a whole lot of beer drinking family coming over tomorrow. I inadvertently over force-carbed the keg. I'll try this out.
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update:

mother of god. i opened the top, stirred ever so gently, then watched the beer rise up like a horrific volcano and spill over the sides of the keg. I threw the top on and latched it again.

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Success!!!! BierMuncher your idea worked perfectly. You are my hero. Thanks for the help all.

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Degassing the keg sounds like the logical move.

Here's what I recommend:

Close off the gas.
Release the pressure on the relief valve.
Remove the lid and set it sideways on the keg.
Let the beer sit for 24 hours.
Re-set the lid, set to about 6 PSI and draw a sample.

If it is still too carbonated, repeat for another 12-24 hours.

If it is slightly undercarb'd, set the PSI to 12 and leave it alone until it is perfect.
Normally beer exposed to air will oxidize and go stale. The reason you don't have that problem here is because C02 is heavier than air and the excess C02 will be coming out of solution always providing a protective blanket? Is that the logic here?

(I need to lower the carbination level on a couple of pre-carb'ed FULL kegs as I've set up a nitrogen tap system but don't want to harm the beer. Full kegs are hard to de-carb so I'm going to warm them up and pop the tops for a day or so).

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