Ss Brewtech’s Biggest Baddest Holiday Giveaway Ever!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Anybody else kegging w/ the picnic taps?
Thread Tools
Old 12-02-2007, 07:04 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Knoxville TN
Posts: 428
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Anybody else kegging w/ the picnic taps?

This setup is getting really old for me. Everytime I want to draw a pint, I have to turn down the regulator to practically off and vent the keg almost completely just to avoid a glass of foam. One of the kegs also loses its seal as soon as you vent it which is a complete PITA

Anybody else manage to make this system more palatable or is everyone else using real taps?


GIusedtoBe is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,477
Liked 25 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 32


How long is the line between the tap and the keg? I'd suggest a minimum of six feet, a little more would probably be better.

Also, make sure you're opening the tap all the way...anything between closed and wide open will generate tons of foam.

BlindLemonLars is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 07:09 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
rabidgerbil's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Seattle, Washington
Posts: 990
Liked 39 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 1


I am still using the picnic taps also, until I can get my "brew pub" finished in the basement, and then I will look for real taps. As to your question, yes, I have the same problem, I just pour the first glass, set it off to the side, and then come back to it in a few minutes after the foam dies down. One thing to try is cut yourself some longer tubes. If you are using 3/16th inch line, cut them at about 6 - 7 feet and it will help a lot. I made the mistake of cutting my last one at about 5 feet, and that bugger foams like crazy.
Originally Posted by bigjohnmilford
+1 don't argue with a rabid gerbil
rabidgerbil is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 08:00 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Beerrific's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Georgia
Posts: 5,538
Liked 53 Times on 45 Posts
Likes Given: 9


Interesting, I see so many people that have this problem.
I used to balance my system. I serve at 10psi and use about 3 ft of hose with a picnic tap. No problems what so ever.
Beerrific is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 09:27 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
david_42's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,575
Liked 144 Times on 136 Posts


My party taps are 7-8' of 3/16th. I'd rather have a slow pour than foam.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk
david_42 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 10:44 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Steelers Country
Posts: 227
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I use picnic taps, and like others I use 3/16 vinyl tubing. No problems here.

miatawnt2b is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 11:36 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
wizardofza's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 380
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 4


How are you carbonating? Force, or with sugar?

I noticed that when I carbed with sugar, I could never get consistent pours. Then, I took to carbing using just CO2. I now rack from my secondary to my keg, set the keg to ~10-11 psi (depending on beer style), and let it sit in my kegerator for about 2 weeks.

I get a perfect pour everytime now.
wizardofza is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 11:39 PM   #9
Lil' Sparky
Cowboys EAC
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Lil' Sparky's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 3,956
Liked 66 Times on 43 Posts


I used picnic taps for a while - got perlicks on my kegerator now.

One thing I noticed with them is you have to open them up all the way or they foam really bad. It's backwards from what you would naturally think would cause the most foam.
Originally Posted by duffman2 View Post
I dub this beer the Double Slutty Triple Nutty Bodacious Booty Brunette!
Lil' Sparky is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 11:54 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Spyk'd's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Waveland, MS
Posts: 1,047
Liked 21 Times on 15 Posts


After balancing your system, you may also want to check out your poppets. I had one that got gunked up, was sticking, and caused foam like you're describing, so keep that in mind too and disassemble the keg or run plenty of hot PBW through them.

Spyk'd is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Picnic taps lyacovett Bottling/Kegging 11 09-21-2009 04:17 AM
CO2 pressure for picnic taps nyer Bottling/Kegging 7 08-11-2008 06:19 PM
Balancing picnic taps - keg q's? Jayfro21 Bottling/Kegging 1 04-08-2008 10:31 PM
Picnic Kegging ideas from the Austin Zealots Summer Picnic EdWort Bottling/Kegging 0 08-17-2007 08:27 PM
Picnic Taps 80/- Bottling/Kegging 9 03-03-2006 07:49 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads