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Old 12-07-2012, 06:02 PM   #11
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This is what I was told to purchase from a friend here on HBT. I was going to do the 3/16" route but I was told to get 1/4". I figured he knew more than myself. Besides spending a little more and taking up room, what will I regret? Will it not work correctly?

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I don't understand why you would go with 1/4" ID. Even if the calculations were correct, you'd be able to get away with much shorter lines in 3/16. You're going to regret the 1/4" decision no matter what, unfortunately.


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Old 12-07-2012, 06:15 PM   #12
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This is what I was told to purchase from a friend here on HBT. I was going to do the 3/16" route but I was told to get 1/4". I figured he knew more than myself. Besides spending a little more and taking up room, what will I regret? Will it not work correctly?
It will hold way more beer in the lines, which will exacerbate any issues with the lines. Issues like warming in the tower, temperature stratification inside the fridge, or flavor taint from the vinyl will be ~4 times worse. That's in addition to needing 3.5 times longer line that's also thicker, stiffer, and harder to keep tucked out of the way.

And as mentioned above, many people need longer lines than what the calculators figure since they're based on flawed assumptions, so if that's the case then you'll need even longer lines, and any issues will be that much worse.

If you don't have any of those problems, then it should work fine. You'll just have way more line than necessary making a tangled mess in your fridge.
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[QUOTE=Bobby_M;4659472]I don't understand why you would go with 1/4" ID. Even if the calculations were correct, you'd be able to get away with much shorter lines in 3/16. You're going to regret the 1/4" decision no matter what, unfortunately.[/QUOhave. 12 feet of 1/4" is not working as well as I expected. Its pouring a toTE]

Ya, I currently hate the lines that I n of foam. I'm going to give it a chance though. My beer hasn't even been in the keg for a week and the carbonation isn't quite there. I may switch to around 10 feet of 3/16". I don't want to have to turn the pressure down every time I want a beer.

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