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Old 12-24-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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I recently started kegging and am experiencing flat beer in the line if I go more than a few days between pours. I don't have a kegerator, just one keg sitting in the fridge with a 6' line and picnic tap. The line stays coiled and hangs over the top edge of the keg. I usually have to pour off what is in the line and dump that, as soon as the beer that was in the line has passed through, perfectly carbonated beer comes out.

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Old 12-25-2012, 04:34 AM   #2
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Either drink more often, or continue as you have been.
This happens to all of us, and I don't know of any other solutions.

 
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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Either drink more often, or continue as you have been.
This happens to all of us, and I don't know of any other solutions.
It doesn't happen to me

When it's not in motion, the beer in the line is under the same pressure as the rest of the keg, so there's no reason for it to lose carbonation... unless it's warmer than everything else, or if you're losing carbonation while you pour because your system isn't balanced out.

I suppose CO2 could be permeating out through the wall of the tubing, but I think that's pretty unlikely. If that's the case, try switching to thicker tubing?

 
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:06 PM   #4
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Same thing happens to me. Once the line's clear its fine though. Just figured it as a cost of doing business.

 
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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According the the site where I buy my stuff a 3/16" beer line holds 1/6 ounce per foot. So that's like an ounce and a half in the line. Doesn't seem like enough to make a difference in perceived cabonation. I've never noticed at least. How much are you pouring out?

 
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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According the the site where I buy my stuff a 3/16" beer line holds 1/6 ounce per foot. So that's like an ounce and a half in the line. Doesn't seem like enough to make a difference in perceived cabonation. I've never noticed at least. How much are you pouring out?
I usually pour out about a half pint. That's with 10' lines. If I don't, that first pour definitely tastes flat.

 
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:43 PM   #7
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Im just pouring out the amount that was left in the line, maybe 1/2 of a cup? It's not really the end of the world, I just wondered if I was doing something wrong. The line is coiled and hanging on the keg, I wouldn't think the temperature difference would be that great. I guess drinking more beer is the ONLY option.

 
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