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Old 03-15-2013, 03:28 PM   #11
May 2012
Raleigh, NC
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Most people I've talked to find 10 ft to be about right and 5ft to end up with a ton of foam. I know that is certainly what happened to me.

A quick test for overcarbonation - drop the PSI to 1 or so - just enough for the beer to trickle out. If you still pour a pint of foam, you are way carbed.

Also, just like bottling, it you just toss the bottle in the fridge until it is cold, you end up with foam. If you leave it there a couple days, the CO2 stabilizes and you get much more consistent carbonation and pour. It probably took most of the day for the keg to go from room temp to fridge temp and definitely isn't going to reach equilibrium in that time frame.

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Old 03-15-2013, 03:38 PM   #12
Jan 2013
Silverdale, WA
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Originally Posted by zachattack View Post
4 feet may work for you (I'm not saying it doesn't!) but most of us have found that the standard 5' of tubing is not nearly enough. So while I'm glad it works in your system, most of us don't share the same experience

The line length calculators make a lot of assumptions that generally renders them useless for home kegerators.
I started with 5 feet but every now and then I'd shift things around and cut off an inch from each end...thus the four feet. At some point I'll be too short and spring for some new lines, but for now I'm cheap.

Balancing the system is a bit of an art, depending on the line type, size, faucet, pressure and probably the alignment of the starts/planets (I think the age of aquarius is over now so factor that in as well), but once you get it working it's a sweet thing for sure.

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Old 03-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by iceman6409 View Post
deal with it.

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Old 03-16-2013, 04:34 AM   #14
Jul 2012
Seattle, Washington
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I've found that using a cobra picnic tap is more forgiving for line length. If that's what your using, 5' is probably OK.
If your using a beer faucet, that's a different story... you'll definitely need 10' of 3/16 for that.

Like others have said, purge the Co2 (you over carb'd it) use the correct beer line diameter and length.
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