Reaching out to all ye beer lovers for help - I purchased a Nostalgic Electric KRS-2100 kegerator in the hopes of beginning to home-brew in the near future. From what I read the modification required to fit corny kegs is minimal and cheap. So first things first, let's try a regular keg and balance the system. Picked up a 5 gallon keg of Racer 5 IPA. I am now 1.5 weeks into this keg and have had nothing but issues. I've been scouring this (and other) websites reading up on everything required to balance a system and I'm still having issues.
1. I have a 2.5lb co2 tank, dual gauge reg, 5 feet of 3/16 beer line, and the beer temperature at 38 degrees.
2. On another forum someone contacted the brewmaster and Co2 volume is 2.25. Per the beer chart (http://www.draft-beer-made-easy.com/.../carbchart.pdf
) I should be at 11-12 PSI.
3. Started with 12 PSI and the beer was waaay to foamy - like 90% foam. Adjusted to 8 PSI and beer flow was much better, however I noticed there was co2 in the beer line. After work i would come home and there would be a few inches of c02 in the line at the coupler.
This was not ideal, but I poured a few beers anyway and after the 3rd beer it started spurting out foam! Beer was also very cloudy. Check the line and it's about 1inch of beer for every inch of co2. Seems like I am way under pressured...WHY!? I am clearly not balanced here?
4. Figured something was off so started over. Checked for leaks everywhere and can't find one.Washers seem to be in place. Emptied Co2 from keg and regulator. PSI is back to 10 and I'm pouring cloudy beer (flow is good) and there is Co2 in the line....noooo. Note: I did wait about 30 hours before trying again.
Suggestions ? This experience is making me want to throw in the towel on home brewing before i even start! What am i missing?! Thanks in advance for any help!
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