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Old 09-04-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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just kegged my 1st and 2nd kegs and i have let the keg sit at 30psi for over 24hrs, i bled the line from extra gas turned the psi down to 3psi and i get 90% foam.

i cleaned my lines and tap dispenser but no luck.

Any suggestions???


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If it isn't a nucleation site blasting the CO2 out of solution in the dispensing line than I would think it is still overcarbed for the length of line you are using or too warm.


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ok my keezer temp is 40 degrees should it be colder?

also 1 line i am seeing beer in the line the other appears to be empty.
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ok my keezer temp is 40 degrees should it be colder?

also 1 line i am seeing beer in the line the other appears to be empty.
Sounds like it's too early, AND you're overcarb'd as well, AND your line is too short.


I started off with a 4ft line @10psi, but got tons of foam on a less aggressive force carbing schedule.

I'm running @41F when I've got the kegs in. Try cutting your line anywhere from 8-10 ft long. That should solve a lot of your issues.


Also, once it settles down a good bit, pour yourself 2 glasses back to back. Does the first foam a decent amount and the 2nd is fine? If so, you've got a tap cooling issue as well, which can be remedied with a bilge blower or computer fan.
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Also, once it settles down a good bit, pour yourself 2 glasses back to back. Does the first foam a decent amount and the 2nd is fine? If so, you've got a tap cooling issue as well, which can be remedied with a bilge blower or computer fan.
Or you can do the passive tower line cooling by taking a piece of pvc putting copper tubing in it and then spray insulating the space between, slip the serving lines down through that and the copper will passively cool the lines all the way to the tap so I have heard. Its in my plans in the next few months to see how it works as I have that issue going on.
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Yesterday I pulled out my Kolsch and English Mild for a party.... it ws going to be only a couple hours so I just let the kegs on the deck. When I would pour from the Cobrahead Tap it would come out real foamiy at first... (the beer in the exposed lines had warmed up) so I put the first couple ounces into ta pitcher and then would fil folks glasses... The warmer beer I would pour back in to my mostly full glass... So like mentioned above TEMP MATTERS

Disconnect the gas, cool you beer, vent now... vent again later:

Get yourself a pitcher and pour one... see if it quits foaming, if not vent again... drink the beer and try again until it starts coming out right.

I would consider chilling EVERYTHING, to include the pitcher so you don't waste beer.

Then set your regulator to the correct pressure.

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Or you can do the passive tower line cooling by taking a piece of pvc putting copper tubing in it and then spray insulating the space between, slip the serving lines down through that and the copper will passively cool the lines all the way to the tap so I have heard. Its in my plans in the next few months to see how it works as I have that issue going on.
Ahhh....that's just more and more space to take up in the keezer. To be honest, that foaming isn't much of an issue, especially if you start with a nice shallow pouring angle and have a decent line length. I'd rather deal with the initial foam.

Not to mention, you can just pour 2-3oz, then wait 10-15 secs, and pour the rest which will be ~ temp equilibrium. And this is homebrew on tap.....if I get a tad less than 12oz due to foam, I'll survive til the next pour 15 mins later


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