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Old 03-19-2009, 01:40 AM   #1
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Hey guys.. Just got a new 4-keg system.. Having to use picninc taps for now until I find a fridge to build my kegerator.. Anyway, they came with stock 5 foot picnic taps.. I bought 50 feet of 3/16 ID tubing at MAcMaster car for .15 a foot and I want to replace the lines because I know if I dont I will have nothing but foam.. So, whats the recommended beer line length for 3/16 ID tubing? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:03 AM   #2
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assuming your serving pressure is 10-12 psi, start with 10ft and cut back as necessary. i have about 8 or 9 ft on my lines.

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Old 03-19-2009, 02:13 AM   #3
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i have 6 foot on my picnic taps, no issues. 10-12 lbs.

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Old 03-19-2009, 02:36 AM   #4
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i used 10'
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:12 AM   #5
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10 feet and shorten if necessary. That is also what the beverage supply guy in town said as well and he has balanced hundreds of systems.

Height from the keg to the tap also effects pressure. There is a site I've seen with a pretty good chart for this sort of thing. Here's one: Draft system line balancing
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:23 AM   #6
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6 ' with 12 psi works great.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:30 PM   #7
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I just upgraded from 5ft to 10. I use picnic taps as well and this has helped tremendously. Although i keep my beers at 14psi cause I like mine a littel warmer than some ~43F

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Old 03-19-2009, 07:40 PM   #8
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More line means more beer in the lines that is getting warm (granted it really isnt that much though). So dont go crazy w/ length. Seems 6-10 ft is about right.

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