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Old 04-21-2009, 03:17 PM   #11
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As a fellow noob hear, I can tell you that I did the mollest the keg technique, and I had all kinds of foaming issues. YOu'll think that its not carbed and when it is carbed the bubbles will just seem a bit bigger in your mouth.

This is what works 12 psi for 1 week, it will be drinkable. 12psi for 3 weeks it will be oustanding.

If you must have something for say a party. 30 psi for 24 hours on a chilled keg. Then 12 psi for the remainder of its life. It should be drinkable in 3 days.

Oh... and 10 ft of 3/16" line. It cant hurt and it just allows you to up the pressure if you want to for say a wheat beer at a higher carb level.


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Old 04-21-2009, 05:12 PM   #12
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As a fellow noob hear, I can tell you that I did the mollest the keg technique, and I had all kinds of foaming issues. YOu'll think that its not carbed and when it is carbed the bubbles will just seem a bit bigger in your mouth.

This is what works 12 psi for 1 week, it will be drinkable. 12psi for 3 weeks it will be oustanding.

If you must have something for say a party. 30 psi for 24 hours on a chilled keg. Then 12 psi for the remainder of its life. It should be drinkable in 3 days.

Oh... and 10 ft of 3/16" line. It cant hurt and it just allows you to up the pressure if you want to for say a wheat beer at a higher carb level.
When you say you leave it at 12 psi are you leaving the gas on? Or do you hit it with 12 psi, and turn the gas off...Is there even a difference? I'm a noob and trying to figure this out.



 
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:16 PM   #13
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leave it at 12 psi. if you carbonate at 30 and just hit it with 12, itll absorb that co2 without making a difference.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:27 PM   #14
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I leave all my kegs hooked up to gas. Just make sure you have no leaks and you're set to go. THere is sweet spot for everyone's setup. THere are too many variables, but most are line length and resistance (ID) , carb level, serving pressure, temp, and any differences in temp from keg to glass. Once you get a desirable pour, start playing with it by a few points in pressure. I noticed on mine, my pours are excellent at 11psi, they suffer on the first pour if I carb at 14 psi, but not much. And it takes a while to see the effects.

Some tips:
Cold glass (not frozen)
Pour out the first 2 oz of pour, then pour again (for first pour only)
Rinse the glass in cold water (lots of folks say it helps, me too)
Just set it and forget it.
Keep the faucets cold if possible.
Epoxy mixer tubes work, do a search for "Short hose troubles"
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:15 PM   #15
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When I get home today I'll measure the lines diameter again and post. I can't for the life of me remember what they were. I took it off gas last night and purged. I can't really do the shake and purge method because I've got a full 5 gal in there and it shoots right out the purge valve
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I leave all my kegs hooked up to gas. Just make sure you have no leaks and you're set to go. THere is sweet spot for everyone's setup. THere are too many variables, but most are line length and resistance (ID) , carb level, serving pressure, temp, and any differences in temp from keg to glass. Once you get a desirable pour, start playing with it by a few points in pressure. I noticed on mine, my pours are excellent at 11psi, they suffer on the first pour if I carb at 14 psi, but not much. And it takes a while to see the effects.

Some tips:
Cold glass (not frozen)
Pour out the first 2 oz of pour, then pour again (for first pour only)
Rinse the glass in cold water (lots of folks say it helps, me too)
Just set it and forget it.
Keep the faucets cold if possible.
Epoxy mixer tubes work, do a search for "Short hose troubles"

I saw the epoxy mixer tubes thread and if I can't figure this out I'm going to give it a try.
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When I get home today I'll measure the lines diameter again and post. I can't for the life of me remember what they were. I took it off gas last night and purged. I can't really do the shake and purge method because I've got a full 5 gal in there and it shoots right out the purge valve
you dont shake and purge at the same time! If it's over carbed, you shake. Then stop shaking. Pull release valve. then repeat.
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I saw the epoxy mixer tubes thread and if I can't figure this out I'm going to give it a try.
i have those tubes. they go right into the dip tubes on your keg. ive got a bunch if you want em, pm me, ill send em to you. im not using them. lemme know how many you need.
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WHile this is probably an overcarb, did you ever take off the outlet post and check the o-ring on the dip tube? If that doesn't seal, it will let co2 into the outlet.

NOTE: release pressure first!
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you dont shake and purge at the same time! If it's over carbed, you shake. Then stop shaking. Pull release valve. then repeat.
bad order of words there, sorry

That's what I did, but after about 5 seconds of purging foam started spraying out


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