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Old 10-11-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default KegConnection Kit - 5 Foot Lines

I ordered a kegerator conversion kit from Keg Connection which only comes with 5 foot lines. Everyone recommends 10 foot lines, but by using the beer line calculator spreadsheet, and calculating my distances, and everything else, it seems as if my 5 foot lines would be more than adequate.

Is there something I am missing?

What does height from keg center to tap mean?

These are my measurements:
Temperature: 34-38 hopefully.
Beer line: 3/16"
Shank length: 5"
Shank Bore: 3/16"
Beer out connection to shank: ~22"
Height from keg center to tap:~20" (If it means the center of the top of the keg)

I don't have CO2 or my temp controller yet, so I can't play with it until I get these things.


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Old 10-11-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
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You'll be fine with 5' lines. I use 5' lines and have never had a foaming issue.


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Old 10-11-2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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When I first started kegging a lot of the beers I served did well under more pressure and higher carbing. In this case 5' seemed inadequate. Now I have the opposite situation. Almost every beer I serve does better under low carb i.e. English bitters, and I am finding that I get a very slow pour with 5' of line.

So short answer: Fizzy yellow American style beers 8-10' of line, low carbed UK style Bitters 5' of line is fine.
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Whew, I had these same concerns when I ordered my kit from them (hopefully will come Tuesday!) And where is this beer line spreadsheet? The one I found is a dead link
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I attached the calculator because I couldn't find the link to it again!
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Yeah...everything I calculated said 5 would be fine. I still ended up going to 10 footers....(I carb to around 2. something volumes at 10-12 psi, 38 degs F)
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I also got 5 ft lines from them and while they are certainly serviceable, I would have much rather gone w/ 8-10 ft and am even considering pulling the shorter ones out. There's just something about keeping the serving pressure significantly lower than carbing pressure that bothers me. Kind of pisses me off that they were so adamant about going w/ the shorter lines and then never responded to an e-mail expressing this concern.
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I also got 5 ft lines from them and while they are certainly serviceable, I would have much rather gone w/ 8-10 ft and am even considering pulling the shorter ones out. There's just something about keeping the serving pressure significantly lower than carbing pressure that bothers me. Kind of pisses me off that they were so adamant about going w/ the shorter lines and then never responded to an e-mail expressing this concern.
Swap em out. Best 13 bucks I spent was going to 10 foot lines....foam free pours and can keep beer at carbing pressure, (your beer will lose carbonation if you hold it at a pressure lower than what you carbonated it at).


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