Was not quite sure where to put this hope this section makes sense.

I installed an outdoor keg refrigerator in my bbq area. The C02 was filled, fridge hooked up, keg put inside, lines connected, but no matter what I do I get a ton of foam when I pour.

I have tried insulating the tube from the fridge, no change. I have tried increasing the pressure, no change. Decreasing the pressure, same thing. I have checked the line for kinks, shortened the distance, everything. I am pulling my hair out as this is now my third day at this and I don't know what else to do. I just keep tinkering and pouring beer to try to eliminate the foam and then I drink it as I can't let it go to waste. This project is very hard on my liver.

I don't want to throw in the towel and hire a professional to check it out. I am determined to figure this out but I am all out of ideas, anyone?
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Originally posted by Sticky2:
Was not quite sure where to put this hope this section makes sense.

I installed an outdoor keg refrigerator in my bbq area. The C02 was filled, fridge hooked up, keg put inside, lines connected, but no matter what I do I get a ton of foam when I pour.

I have tried insulating the tube from the fridge, no change. I have tried increasing the pressure, no change. Decreasing the pressure, same thing. I have checked the line for kinks, shortened the distance, everything. I am pulling my hair out as this is now my third day at this and I don't know what else to do. I just keep tinkering and pouring beer to try to eliminate the foam and then I drink it as I can't let it go to waste. This project is very hard on my liver.

I don't want to throw in the towel and hire a professional to check it out. I am determined to figure this out but I am all out of ideas, anyone?


the c02 cartridge just needs some breaking in.

i'd say let teh beer rest, don't tinker as you might shake it up. And when it gives alot of head set it aside and let it settle, the head will go down, start on second glass while waiting for the first one.

There's also technique. You'd want to tilt the glass at a 60 degree angle to the spigot, again to minimize disturbing the beer too much.
If the keg is cold and still foaming, turn off the CO2 release some of the pressure then turn it back on again. I've found 10lbs the best for my setup.

Are you letting the first 1-2 seconds drop before trying to fill your pint? If not, give it a try as the line usually heat up outside causing some foam.
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Originally posted by benchland:
If the keg is cold and still foaming, turn off the CO2 release some of the pressure then turn it back on again. I've found 10lbs the best for my setup.

Are you letting the first 1-2 seconds drop before trying to fill your pint? If not, give it a try as the line usually heat up outside causing some foam.


I think I figured out the issue. The faucet seemed to be the culprit. I picked up a new one today and the pour is much more smooth.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Sticky2-

My 4th Annual Kegger will be held in two weeks, July 26th. If you are in the area... Wink


Always wanted to visit Utah Smile

Well, if a keg of Molson Canadian, or perhaps Fat Tire, is enough to lure you... Wink
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Originally posted by gigabit:
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Originally posted by Sticky2:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Sticky2-

My 4th Annual Kegger will be held in two weeks, July 26th. If you are in the area... Wink


Always wanted to visit Utah Smile

Well, if a keg of Molson Canadian, or perhaps Fat Tire, is enough to lure you... Wink


Enticing, will there perhaps be any nice bottles available for those that happen to not be in a beer mood? Wink
Sticky

Benchland has it all right, 10 PSI and let the first 1-2 second drop then fill you glass and enjoy.

By the way, what beer did you get. I just got a new Stone IPA from our local Orange Bevmo. For your next, check out Mr. Keg in Huntington if you havent already. Great selection.

You will love having tap beer all the time. We are not far from each other, maybe an offline is warrented for the new Keg. Im in Serrano Heights.

Anyway enjoy.
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Originally posted by Sticky2:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
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Originally posted by Sticky2:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Sticky2-

My 4th Annual Kegger will be held in two weeks, July 26th. If you are in the area... Wink


Always wanted to visit Utah Smile

Well, if a keg of Molson Canadian, or perhaps Fat Tire, is enough to lure you... Wink


Enticing, will there perhaps be any nice bottles available for those that happen to not be in a beer mood? Wink

Always.
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Sticky

Benchland has it all right, 10 PSI and let the first 1-2 second drop then fill you glass and enjoy.

By the way, what beer did you get. I just got a new Stone IPA from our local Orange Bevmo. For your next, check out Mr. Keg in Huntington if you havent already. Great selection.

You will love having tap beer all the time. We are not far from each other, maybe an offline is warrented for the new Keg. Im in Serrano Heights.

Anyway enjoy.


Weird, I went to Mr. Keg today to pick up the new tower and faucet.

You are very close, the keg actually was emptied tonight. I am not sure what to pick up next. What I had was Pilsner. I am a bit disappointed as I wasted so much beer testing the damn thing.

I will let you know when I hook the next one up, no worries. I will gladly invite people over to help me out with it.
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Originally posted by epml:
Sticky

Benchland has it all right, 10 PSI and let the first 1-2 second drop then fill you glass and enjoy.


I agree - 10 PSI (at most) is the trick. I sometimes keep it down to 8 or 9. With most regulators, that's near the low, low end of the readings on the dial. The first few pours from any keg, even if left to sit, will likely be foamy as hell.
Its been my experience that all taps are NOT created equal. As you noted yourself, you looked for kinks in the line. A partially opened or poorly designed tap will act as a kink resulting in extreme pressure drop as it passes, promoting foam creation. Hope the new tap solves the issue.
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Its been my experience that all taps are NOT created equal. As you noted yourself, you looked for kinks in the line. A partially opened or poorly designed tap will act as a kink resulting in extreme pressure drop as it passes, promoting foam creation. Hope the new tap solves the issue.


That is exactly what it was. The new Tap made all the difference. Hooked up my fresh keg (Pilsner) and the pour is perfectly smooth.

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