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Old 09-24-2012, 03:27 AM   #1
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I really hope this hasn't been answered or asked before because I've searched everywhere.

I have a new haier kegerator and was having foam issues. So after reading a ton, I replaced my 5' of 5/16 beer line for 10' of 3/16 line, and built a nice fan tower cooler.

The weird thing is, now when I go to poor a beer (sculpin IPA) I'll get beer for about 2 seconds, then foam for a second, then beer again for the rest of the poor. The end result is 50/50 beer and foam with good carbonation...IMO

I'm wondering if its because of how the beer lines are routed out of the keg to the bottom and back up the tower?

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Old 09-24-2012, 03:35 AM   #2
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I'm wondering if its because of how the beer lines are routed out of the keg to the bottom and back up the tower?
Are you saying that your beer lines are running from your keg, to the outside of your fridge, and then back in, up to your tower? If so, that could cause the problems you're speaking of, but I'm not sure that's what you're saying.

If your lines are contained entirely within the fridge, then


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Old 09-24-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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Try coiling the lines and using a quick tie or something to keep them looped. Set them on top of the keg. Letting the beer lines sag to the bottom of your fridge may be allowing some CO2 bubbles to congregate at the bottom of the loop. I remember reading that somewhere, so I've always done the coil thing with no issues. Worth a try....
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:31 PM   #4
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Try coiling the lines and using a quick tie or something to keep them looped. Set them on top of the keg. Letting the beer lines sag to the bottom of your fridge may be allowing some CO2 bubbles to congregate at the bottom of the loop. I remember reading that somewhere, so I've always done the coil thing with no issues. Worth a try....
I'll give that w whirl.
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You are just getting CO2 in your beer line probably due to pressue issues. This is issue it pretty normal though. I could be wrong but 10' of line sounds like it is way overkill though. I'd adjust the pressure after coiling the beer line and laying it flat either on top of the keg or somewhere above the keg.
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Co2 is coming out of solution in the line. Ususally that means that either the keg is overcarbed or you are pouring with not enough pressure. What is the fridge temp and what is the regulator pressure set to?
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You are just getting CO2 in your beer line probably due to pressue issues. This is issue it pretty normal though. I could be wrong but 10' of line sounds like it is way overkill though. I'd adjust the pressure after coiling the beer line and laying it flat either on top of the keg or somewhere above the keg.
I'm in the camp that 10' for your purposes is overkill, despite the myriad of folks who will adamantly disagree. I've had similar issues tht resolved after cutting 4' of tubing off. I'd stick with 5-6' of 3/16" line. I never over/under carb, over foam, or any other complaints.
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Hmm. The temp changes from 38ish to 41ish ( crappy temp controller). Pressure is set to 10 psi.


I purposefully got 10' of beer line so I could cut off excess if need be.

Regardless, it's WAY better than the 5' of 5/16 that came with the kegorater.

I tried one of the calculators on here, and I have no clue what it's asking for or what it's suggesting. I must be retarded or something because it makes no sense to me.

I fixed the line on top of the keg this morning before work and will poor a beer shortly. I'll report back.

I do see a few bubbles in the beer line too, but no big pockets of co2
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Since it's a commercial keg, I'm thinking it's just carbed at a higher volume than your 10 psi is set at. That means some of the co2 will come out of solution as it tries to equalize. If it's well carbonated, but the pour kind of sucks, I'd be inclined to see if I could live with it. If it's losing some carbonation, I'd turn it up to 12 psi (which is what my kegerator is set at) and see if that solves it.
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Also, if you pour a second beer immediately after the first one, does that one have less foam? If so, it could be that your tower cooler does not cool quite enough and your first pour has some warmer beer from the lines.


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