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Old 11-05-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Two sizes of beer lines...

I have my first keg carbing in the fridge. I bought a tower with 1/4" lines coming from the faucet, down the tower. The lines that came with the keg were 3/16". Instead of cutting the line from the beer tower, I simply coupled them. I now have about 5' of each size of line coupled together.

Does anyone know what this will do to my pour?

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Old 11-05-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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How did you couple them together? 10' of line won't do anything terrible. Too short of lines will result in foam. FWIW, you can fit 3/16" tubing on a 1/4 barb with the help of boiling water and needle nose pliers.

Are you using mfl connections on your kegs? or barbs? I like mfl and you can by different size fittings for different diameter tubing.

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Old 11-06-2012, 12:50 AM   #3
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I was able to couple them together with a barb reducer and some clamps. I ran santizer through them and didn't have any leaks. I'm using barb connections, since that's what came with the set up.

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Um, pull the lever and let US know what your pour looks like

Seriously though,
Corny or Sanke?
If Sanke, is it a barbed QD or flare?
I'd just make the drive up to Beer Crazy on 100th and Douglas and get the right size stuff. Shouldn't cost more than $10 for a new disconnect and 10' of 3/16 line. He's got the Otker clamps too. WAY better than worm clamps

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so you have 5 feet of each hose like this....
(corney keg)------3/16--------(coupler)-------1/4----------(tap)

it would be similar in restriction to having 5.5 or 6 feet of all 3/16". the only thing that might cause problems would be a potential pressure drop as it goes from small to large while flowing. this could produce foam. if the pour is foamy but not excessively fast, i would look at that junction as the cause.

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the only thing that might cause problems would be a potential pressure drop as it goes from small to large while flowing. this could produce foam. if the pour is foamy but not excessively fast, i would look at that junction as the cause.
My thoughts exactly. Increasing the diameter of the serving line will absolutely create a pressure drop which will cause CO2 to come out of solution. The only questions is whether it will be enough to create a problem or not.

If it does create issues, I'd suggest replacing the spliced together line with one 10' length of 3/16" ID.
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So, I'm all for replacing the beer line. However, there's a metal clamp (looks like a cinch clamp) on the barbed connection to the faucet. How do I get this off? Is there a special tool to remove this? Or do I try to cut it somehow?

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That's called an Oetiker clamps. Use a screwdriver or side cutter to pry up the tab on the side. It'll pop apart

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Awesome, thanks!

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I poured my first beer last night. I had about a 1/4" of foam at the top of my glass. The beer has been slowly carbing at 12psi @ 36F for a week and a half. I thought it was a bit under-carbonated. It was certainly drinkable, but nothing to get too excited about. It's an American Wheat all extract.

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