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Old 03-17-2013, 05:50 AM   #1
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Default Soda / beerline equation..

There are so many threads on the topic, but I still don't get it. I need to know how much beer line i need for soda out of a corny keg. I have 50' of 1/4" beer line. I bought it expecting to cut it in 2 and use 25' for 2 taps, but now I am doudting it. Someone please help

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The best calculation that I've seen is on CHI's website

I hate to tell you this now, but you would have been better off with 50' of 3/16" line.

I made that mistake myself a couple of weeks ago, trying to replace 5' of 3/16" line with 10' of 1/4" line actually made things worse, not better. So now I have two 10' lengths of 1/4" braided hose that does me no good.

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Anyone else?

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It depends on the pressure, but I dispense soda at 30 psi and it needs about 25' of 3/16" line. With 1/4" line, you may need at least 50 feet per tap, but I"m not sure about that because the 1/4" line is for super long runs (like at bars) so I've only dealt with 3/16" line.
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I dispense at 30PSI for soda as well. I think I had like 50' of 1/4" on that line, so you could give it a try.

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Yeah I already bought the 50' line of 1/4" line so I think I have to give it a try. Most threads I came accross said I needed anywhere between 37-43' of 1/4" line, but I wasn't sure if they were right. For future knowledge (as I do have another tap i need to use) how many feet of 3/16" line will be suffecient for soda.

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I keep a keg of soda in the kegerator for the wife and kid. It's carbed at 30 psi and I just figured 1 ft/psi so I used a 30 ft line. It foams but no more than when you pour a can of soda.

I seem to remember reading in the bottling/kegging forum about brewers using epoxy mixing inserts in the dip tubes and getting away with no foaming on very short lines. Might be worth a try.

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Found it...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/cure...oubles-100151/

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Yeah I already bought the 50' line of 1/4" line so I think I have to give it a try. Most threads I came accross said I needed anywhere between 37-43' of 1/4" line, but I wasn't sure if they were right. For future knowledge (as I do have another tap i need to use) how many feet of 3/16" line will be suffecient for soda.
30' should be sufficient.
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It depends on the pressure, but I dispense soda at 30 psi and it needs about 25' of 3/16" line. With 1/4" line, you may need at least 50 feet per tap, but I"m not sure about that because the 1/4" line is for super long runs (like at bars) so I've only dealt with 3/16" line.
When you do a pour off a 25' line, wouldn't most of your pour just be the soda that's in the line?

How much liquid can 25 feet of 3/16" hose hold?
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