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So here it is, my first kegged beer!!!

It seems there are a few tricks for me to learn yet.

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Comment by studio1 on July 19, 2009 at 9:59pm
life doesn't get much better! thats a big head - are you running a 'balanced' system?
Comment by Stu McKinlay on July 19, 2009 at 10:16pm
Awesome Andrew. You'll never look back... actually, you will look back but you'll wonder what took you so long.

Virginal white head but have you got a sparkler on that thing?
Comment by MrC on July 20, 2009 at 9:49am
I'm not sure what's going here. I managed to pour a nice "normal" glass mid-week but now it's all foam. I bottled a couple of bottles yesterday for the NHC and I reckon I lost as much as I bottled. I'm using picnic taps so I didn't think balancing would be a factor.

The beer isn't over carbonated (approx 1.5 vols) and I have tried various serving pressures varying from low to extremely low. I've been releasing the pressure fully prior to serving and I'm not sure what else to do.

Keg is sitting at 14deg, could that be the problem?
Comment by Mike Neilson on July 20, 2009 at 10:04am
Wait for the beer to balance out normaly about 2 weeks I have found than its plain sailing!!
Comment by Glynn Foster on July 20, 2009 at 11:10am
You need to use the broken racking cane and rubber bung technique for filling bottles - very useful and you don't waste too much beer.

(I also have keg issues that I haven't figured out yet, despite attempting to 'balance' my gear - quite frustrating)
Comment by Dale on July 20, 2009 at 11:27am
I run my CO2 at 3PSI and the kegs at 3C and they pour alright. When I had my kegs at garage temp 12C got heaps of foam as well.

Do you guys down your PSI for pouring then up again 10PSI at end of night to not loss carbonation in beer?
Comment by jt on July 20, 2009 at 11:40am
A keg full takes awhile to equalise if you change anyhing.
If you change any of the variables like pressure or temperature, it can be days before it settles down again
Comment by JoKing on July 20, 2009 at 11:44am
Is it coming out of the tap as foam, or is it coming ot too fast and foaming up in your glass?
Comment by MrC on July 20, 2009 at 11:51am
Joking - Both. If I reduce the serving pressure right down "bugger all" I get the best result with liquid coming out of the tap that foams up immediately in the glass (50/50 beer & foam).

Thanks guys, I'll set the pressure to 10psi and leave it until Friday before I try again.
Comment by Nolen Smith on July 20, 2009 at 12:06pm
Sounds like a combination of over carbed and slightly too warm. I had the same problem during the summer - had to chill the keg in a bucket of ice for 3 hours until it would pour without foaming (that was before my keg fridge).


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