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Old 10-07-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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Until I can get the parts to convert my mini fridge to a kegerator, I am just using a picnic tap. I am using 3 gallon kegs and my serving line is about 7 feet long (I read a longer line reduces foaming). I have noticed that after pouring, the bubbles will rise to the highest point in the line and get stuck in a lot of places. If there are bubbles trapped in the line, will this cause foaming when I go to pour? I kegged this last night and set it at 30psi for about 20 hours at 38*. When I pushed it out at 10psi I got quite a bit of foam. The level of carbonation seems to be right, but I am still getting a fair amount of foam. Any suggestions? I have a 4 foot serving line aswell. Would hooking that up make a difference? Thanks again everyone. Are 3 gallon kegs more finicky when it comes to this type of stuff?
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:09 PM   #2
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I had a smiliar problem but had only 4 ft of hose on my picnic.
After it was carbed I set serving pressure to 8-10psi and it also helped to hold the tap as high as I could when i poured basically eye level.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:09 PM   #3
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yeah, the bubbles will cause foaming for the first split second, but then should poor nice and clean. When i used to run picnic taps i usually just poured the first bit of foam into my glass, drank it, then poured my pint.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:15 PM   #4
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Foaming from picnic taps often occurs if you are not opening the tap all the way. When using picnic taps I make sure to set my psi to a serving pressure rather than a carbing pressure, hold the tap as high as I can, and open it all the way even if I get some initial foam.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:43 AM   #5
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i can't give you an answer myself, but a great place to read about this is the draft beer quality manual. if i remember correctly, its like a 20 pg pdf and is pretty helpful in determining line length and temperature to serve kegged beer.

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Old 04-19-2012, 02:03 AM   #6
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