Too much carbonation - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Too much carbonation
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 01-09-2008, 02:19 AM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 17
Default Too much carbonation

I forced carbed my brown ale. It has been sitting for 3 weeks now. When I went to tap it, nothing but foam comes out no matter what psi I dispense at. Is there any way to fix this? The keg has not been disturbed, so the foam is not from moving the keg. Thanks Kel

keldognuts is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 05:33 AM   #2
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Waynesville, MO
Posts: 134
Liked 4 Times on 2 Posts


I am assuming you are using a picnic tap.

When you pour your brew, make sure you open the tap all the way. Try turning your pressure down so the beer comes out slowly with the tap all the way open

Studies show that three out of four people make up 75% of the worlds population.
seanhagerty is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 06:18 AM   #3
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,465
Liked 25 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 32


If you disconnect the Co2 and vent the pressure from the keg several times a day, the carbonation level will eventually drop considerably. Meanwhile, if you are using a picnic tap, make sure the line is several feet long and hold the tap & glass high in the air as you pour.

As Sean said, make sure you're opening your tap completely. To use a light bulb analogy, think of it as an on/off switch, not a dimmer!
BlindLemonLars is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 07:05 AM   #4
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: South River, NJ
Posts: 2,587
Liked 20 Times on 17 Posts
Likes Given: 1


How long is your hose? If the hose is real short (like under 6ft), then the pressure drop between the keg and the atmosphere happens too rapidly which makes the CO2 come out of solution and foam up your brew. Longer hose = more time for the pressure to drop and a slower pour.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~___//_ ____________________________~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~_/ [][]| | /```\/```\/```\/```\/```\ |~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~_/_______| |____NOW TRIPLE HOPPED______|~~~~~~~~~~
~~~___/[_]| 00 /| | \,,,/\,,,/\,,,/\,,,/\,,,/ |~~~~~~~~~~
~~|___|___|___/_| |___________________________|~~~~~~~~~~
~~|=(*)[________]==(*)(*)=| \________/=(*)(*)=|~~~~~~~~~~
sirsloop is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2008, 05:04 AM   #5
malkore's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 9


what psi did you force carb at? and was that for the full 3 weeks, or only part of that time?

Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10
malkore is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just ordered a carbonation stone. Carbonation in 20 minutes??? Any good? Mike-H General Techniques 27 02-02-2016 01:18 AM
Too much carbonation zacster Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 05-23-2008 02:28 AM
12 out of 55 have no carbonation. HELP dexter_craig Bottling/Kegging 5 02-14-2008 04:19 PM
low carbonation... bobwantbeer Bottling/Kegging 4 02-05-2008 05:28 PM
Too much carbonation icu812 Bottling/Kegging 2 01-22-2008 02:52 PM

Forum Jump