Foaming troubles with first batches - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Foaming troubles with first batches

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-16-2012, 11:53 PM   #1
mewellsar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Greenbrier, AR
Posts: 35
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



I have searched the forums and tried everything. Even brought over a guy who has been doing this a while and he couldn't figure it out.

Fridge sitting at 39 degrees. Set and forget method at 12 on the regulator. 12 foot 3/16ID tubing.

Usually about half the glass is foam. Doesn't taste/feel overcarbed.

As a ridiculous experiment, we put a 36 foot line on it and finally slowed to an acceptable pour with 36 feet and about 6 on the regulator. But obviously very slow.

So I left it alone off the gas for a week. Hooked up today back to a normal 12 foot hose, 39 degrees and started with the regulator around 2. Still foam. We'll see what happens as the night goes on.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 12:17 AM   #2
smagee
Most impressive "member"
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
smagee's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
San Jose, CA
Posts: 920
Liked 12 Times on 9 Posts


Are you pushing the hose up into a tap tower? If so, the bit of line in it will be warmer than the rest, causing more CO2 to come out of solution. My first draw is usually half foam for that reason as well (too lazy to set up a circulation system so far).

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 12:21 AM   #3
BakRivrBruen
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
manchester, nh
Posts: 87
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts


Sounds like the beer at the tap is too warm. Try 2 or 3 consecutive pours to see if it goes away.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
mewellsar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Greenbrier, AR
Posts: 35
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


It's a fridge, so the lines are not going into a tower. The spigots are right into the door.

Testing future pours as we speak. 3 in and still foamy. Last weekend we ran lots of test scenarios trying to fix it. The next morning I was regretting the multiple testing.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 12:55 AM   #5
Dan
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Dan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Makakilo, Hawaii
Posts: 7,078
Liked 2180 Times on 1365 Posts


Try removing the beer out tube and inspect for blockage.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 01:50 AM   #6
smagee
Most impressive "member"
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
smagee's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
San Jose, CA
Posts: 920
Liked 12 Times on 9 Posts


Does this happen with any/all kegs? It sounds like there could be an obstruction in the dip tube or hole in the lines or dip tube itself.

I've also heard that something blocking up the end of the tube (such as a hop bag for keg hops, most commonly) can cause foaming as well, but I've never had it happen myself.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 02:03 AM   #7
mewellsar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Greenbrier, AR
Posts: 35
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by smagee View Post
Does this happen with any/all kegs? It sounds like there could be an obstruction in the dip tube or hole in the lines or dip tube itself.

I've also heard that something blocking up the end of the tube (such as a hop bag for keg hops, most commonly) can cause foaming as well, but I've never had it happen myself.
Happening with 2 out of 3. The 2 foaming went on the gas at the same time and are beer. The third went on the gas later and is a cider. Don't those carbonate a little differently on average?

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fermentation Troubles? HopSong Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 10-10-2011 12:03 AM
Truebrew kit troubles nyer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 05-17-2008 04:34 PM
First time troubles slugdoug Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 01-25-2008 12:38 AM
first time troubles dweizel Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-22-2007 03:29 PM
oh boy airlock troubles wesley1047 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 07-27-2007 11:53 PM


Forum Jump