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Old 01-12-2014, 04:21 AM   #1051
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I can't seem to get anything but half a bottle of foam with this method. I just swapped out my 6 ft lines for 10ft but I've been keeping my PSI down low, around 2-3. Would that be the issue? I have made sure bottles, line and cane are all cold too. Seems like if I were to continue filling until the beer gets to the normal level I will be wasting a lot beer just foaming over.
If you use this method to pour directly into a glass and it foams too much then maybe you're over carbonated in the keg?
You're asking the right questions. I've bottled several award winning beers this way.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:28 PM   #1052
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never thought of that. i have been getting lots of foam in the glass too which is why i swapped 6ft for 10 ft lines, thinking it was the short line causing the foam....Seems the first beer I pour is 50/50 foam beer but if I our multiple beers in a row they are good after that first one. I think I'll start dialing back the force carbing to see if that is the issue. Thx

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Old 01-12-2014, 01:37 PM   #1053
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never thought of that. i have been getting lots of foam in the glass too which is why i swapped 6ft for 10 ft lines, thinking it was the short line causing the foam....Seems the first beer I pour is 50/50 foam beer but if I our multiple beers in a row they are good after that first one. I think I'll start dialing back the force carbing to see if that is the issue. Thx

If your first beer is mostly foam but the beers after are good it might be because the tap is warm. I got a fan that blows the cold fridge air up into the tab handle. It's not perfect but it works.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:49 PM   #1054
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good idea too. it's an old fridge with holes drilled thru the doors for taps, possible that the shanks aren't staying cold enough. I will check that out today.

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Old 01-15-2014, 05:05 AM   #1055
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I just shoved a spring loaded bottle filler up my picnick, after dropping to 5psi from 12psi. I pushed the tap into locking position and used the filler to fill a 1/2 pint glass to chill the filler and lines (yeah, and to drink some while I bottle some). Filled up my bottle for the road till there was a no foam beer waterfall and capped when the foam took up the head space.

Thanks a lot. You just saved me from wasting cash.

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Old 01-27-2014, 05:36 PM   #1056
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Will be using this method to bottle a 12 pack of ESB! Thanks

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Old 01-27-2014, 10:28 PM   #1057
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Bottled some bottles of a porter that was NOT force carbed and it was much better. It's a low head beer anyway so im sure that helped. I got an IPA I plan to bottle some later in the week and I'm hopefully since I didn't force carb it either that it bottles easier, like the porter!

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I'm not about to read through 1000+ posts, but I love this idea and plan on making one this week, well two actually; one for bottles and one for growlers.

Has there been any significant improvements or other things that I should be aware of that have come up in the past 1000+ posts?

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I'm not about to read through 1000+ posts, but I love this idea and plan on making one this week, well two actually; one for bottles and one for growlers.

Has there been any significant improvements or other things that I should be aware of that have come up in the past 1000+ posts?
Cant think of any, Ive been following this, and everyone says its simple, but I am going to be attempting try #3 soon, I am going to wait untill my keggerator is complete though. I snapped my plastic faucet connecting the hose w/ a hose clamp. got a steel faucet, just waiting for time!
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clean and sanitize bottles, toss them in the freezer to chill, and only pull them out right before bottling. I spray some ice cold starsan solution in to bottles to wet the inside before bottling which does a great job of reducing foaming. I force carb to 14-16 psi and drop the pressure to 3-4 psi for bottling. 10ft small diameter beer line to picnic tap with straight racking cane shoved into the end. No spring valve bottling wand as I think that might cause some foaming and aeration.

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