Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Foamy beer lines
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-02-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
phlchuck
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 4
Default Foamy beer lines

Hi, I'm having an issue and wanted to see if anyone out there had some encouraging feedback....It involves a dark IPA that I eagerly want to enjoy

I'm working on my first kegging experience and am getting nothing but foam in the lines right from the corney. I filled the keg about 2 weeks ago and shot it with about 12-15psi and stored it (room temp) while I finished another store bought keg that was in my kegerator. That said, after a week of being stored at room temp, I started carbonating in the kegerator for about a week now around 12-15psi.

While in the kegerator for a few days, I got eager to test and tried to pour a beer and it barely dripped out. I figured it was lack of carbonation and gave it a few more days. When I checked today it was still the same so I started doing more research. I turned off the gas, took off the QD and hooked up the gas to the out line to flush out the dip tube. Once I rehooked up the beer out and gas in, the flow started coming....but was almost all foam. Now, since this is an IPA, I will assume there was hop residue initially clogging, but now that the flow seems to be going, why so much foam? I have purged the keg and reset the regulator to about 8psi.

Before a fart around with this keg too much, I was looking for some feedback...

Potential issues after reading other posts:
* length of beer line hose (only about 5')
* time of carbonation (need another week?)
* tapping keg while pressurizing/carbonating keg
* lack of patience...taking a sample pour every few days
* 5gal corney only filled about 3.5gal

I think given the fact that my kegs will most likely sit at room temp before tapping, I will prime the kegs once filled. I am also going to invest in longer beer line.


phlchuck is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
jessebymail
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: , Missouri
Posts: 99
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Weird that it is foamy after a few days and carbonating warm, did you shake it? It may take time to settle if you did. A smaller ID line will givr you more resistance, what size is yours? Also colder beer loses less co2 so whats your serving temp? I get my beer to serving temp, put it at about 14 psi and shake, then let it set a week connected to co2. 5 ft of 3/16 line at 40 degrees and 14 psi works good for me. Carb at your serving temp and serving psi if possible and give it time.
jessebymail is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
phlchuck
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 4
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jessebymail View Post
Weird that it is foamy after a few days and carbonating warm, did you shake it? It may take time to settle if you did. A smaller ID line will givr you more resistance, what size is yours? Also colder beer loses less co2 so whats your serving temp? I get my beer to serving temp, put it at about 14 psi and shake, then let it set a week connected to co2. 5 ft of 3/16 line at 40 degrees and 14 psi works good for me. Carb at your serving temp and serving psi if possible and give it time.
I have about 5' of 3/16 line. I need to get a thermostat, but the kegerator is set at one of the higher setting so it shouldn't be too cold/freezing.

No, I didn't shake it. I carb'd it warm only when i first filled the keg and that was with a quick shot of about 10-12psi. Then it sat for a week at room temp.

I'll get a thermostat today and set the C02 at serving psi and be patient...or try to right now it is at about 8psi as I was concerned of over carbonating.
phlchuck is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
foamy beer woodspointbrewer Bottling/Kegging 3 06-24-2009 05:45 PM
First Beer Foamy pearlbeer Bottling/Kegging 2 04-01-2009 09:00 AM
keg beer too foamy Mossbergmike Bottling/Kegging 9 03-04-2009 07:34 PM
Foamy beer from tap still after balancing lines NitrouStang96 Bottling/Kegging 3 06-06-2008 01:14 PM
Foamy Beer Chris_Dog Bottling/Kegging 6 10-24-2007 01:54 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS