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Old 07-12-2009, 11:22 PM   #1
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I kegged my first batch last Wednesday. WOO!!

I have it chilling and carbonating downstairs in the basement. I set the regulator for 12 psi, and the keezer is set at 38 degrees F.

I'm tempted to go hook up the beer line, and pull a pint off.
Good idea?
Bad idea?

Any reason I should definitely NOT do this?
An inquiring mind wants to know.


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Old 07-12-2009, 11:25 PM   #2
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I used to check mine frequently when I first started. Gives you an idea of how a beer matures as it ages. I say go for it!


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Old 07-12-2009, 11:29 PM   #3
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While I like to let mine sit for at least a week and let the sediment settle out and carb up but I would have no problem hitting the tap early. Enjoy!
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Gonna go for it. At least I'll get the sediment out of the bottom.

BTW, thanks for the encouragement!
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:48 PM   #5
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It won't be carbed up yet. If you're like me, you can set the psi at 30 for the first 36 hours or so, then purge and reset to 12 psi. After about 24 hours, it's almost carbed up for those "sneak tastes"!
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Okay, wow. Hooked up the out line, checked on the keezer temp (38, good), psi (12, good), and did my first pull. All foam. It came out at a really high rate of speed too. Filled my 20 oz glass with foam in under 2 seconds.

What am I missing? In addition to the above info on temp and psi, I am using 5 feet of line...
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Okay, wow. Hooked up the out line, checked on the keezer temp (38, good), psi (12, good), and did my first pull. All foam. It came out at a really high rate of speed too. Filled my 20 oz glass with foam in under 2 seconds.

What am I missing? In addition to the above info on temp and psi, I am using 5 feet of line...
Hmmm. That doesn't make sense. At psi, it should be ok, even with a short line of 5 feet.

Purge it, and then reset it at 9 psi, and see if that's better.
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Will do. Thanks Yoop!!
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Tried that, and still came out with all foam. My keezer is an old unit that has three settings: Off, Normal, and Cold. I had it on Cold, and most condensation on the unit was frozen, even though I had the temp regulator set at 38 and the thermometer I had put in there read 38 as well. I just switched the keezer control to 'Normal' and will see if anything changes in there over the next few hours.

As for the tap, I am going to wait until Wednesday to pull her again. It kills me that I just wasted 2+pints.
If I can't figure it out, at least I have great smelling shaving cream!

Need to calm my nervous noobishness. Having a bitters from my last session.
Cheers everyone, and thanks.
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You didn't waste two pints- if you wait, the foam will turn into a little beer. At least taste it!

I consulted a carb chart again. With 38 degrees, a 9 psi will give you 2.24 volumes or so. Of course, it won't be carbed to that level yet, but that's the projected volume. I wonder if the beerline is so short that it can't manage that, or if your beer is colder than the fridge temp (maybe really cold in one area).

When you sample again, purge it, and reset to a very low pressure to serve, like 2-3 psi. That should reduce any foaming. That way, you can get a sample while you figure out your line balancing.


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