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Old 04-09-2008, 03:50 AM   #11
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Great tool!!I'll put it to good use.

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Old 06-02-2008, 08:41 PM   #12
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I tried to use the tool and it asks me for a username and password?

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Old 09-19-2008, 07:35 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Bearcat Brewmeister View Post
A lot of folks use a set line length, then adjust pressure until it flows right. That is back asswards. You should set your pressure to the correct serving pressure for the beer style at the particular temperature you are at, then size your line (length AND diameter) to scrub off all of the excess pressure such that your beer flows correctly.
This thread and tool are great! My one question concerns the different lengths of beer line. Do you just keep multiple lengths on hand and switch them out as appropriate? For example, do you keep, 6', 8', 10', and 12' lengths handy and just switch them out as necessary?

Thanks for the clarification!

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Old 09-22-2008, 05:42 PM   #14
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Is it just me, or does anyone else find that these calculators drastically under-calculate the required length? I use the standard 8.9 cf ft whirlpool keezer at 38 degrees, and keep my regular brews at 10 psi. All these calculators call for anything from 4 to 6 feet (depending on which one you use) of 3/16 inch tubing. But in practice anything less than 10 feet isn't usuable. I'd suspect that my regulator is off or something, but the beer is perfectly carbed.

I just keep all my lines at 10 ft.
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Old 02-28-2009, 05:13 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Bearcat Brewmeister View Post
Just finished this one. It uses a few formulas found on the Internet to calculate the head loss for different types of beer line and shanks (or cobra tap). You enter the items at the top: beer style, temperature range you want to see, beer line inside diameter, shank bore, height from center of keg to tap, and distance from keg output to shank. The table will then show the range of CO2 volumes that are appropriate for the style selected across the top and temperature down the side. For each temperature/CO2 volume combination, a beer line length and properly balanced psi setting to carbonate the beer and push it through the given length beer line are displayed.

Let me know how it works for you and if you have any ideas for improvements.
I don't think I can edit a thread this old, so I will just add on to it - the original link has changed addresses, so here is the file:
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:50 AM   #16
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thanks man, great stuff -- the new lenght helped


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Old 06-30-2009, 06:55 PM   #17
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this thing kicks ass - i keep coming back to it. at first i was like "whaa? i can do the math, what's the big deal?" but then when it comes down to it, i'm just too damn lazy to go looking up the formulas and resistance for what diameter, etc...

after using it several times, i figured i'd drop a note of my appreciation.

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Old 10-15-2009, 05:25 AM   #18
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Link is now dead. Can you repost? Trying to balance my system.


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Old 10-15-2009, 06:53 AM   #19
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read post 15
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:09 AM   #20
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Yea, my bad, I saw the post after I replied - like an idiot!

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