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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Questions.....I need help!
« on: August 09, 2010, 04:35:52 AM »
Thanks for the info.  That was one thing that I didn't disassmble when cleaning previously.

I do have the damp-rid.  Seems to help keep the moisture in check nicely.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Questions.....I need help!
« on: August 08, 2010, 05:26:44 AM »
Thanks for the tips tschmidlin.  I'm still trying to determine if my mind is playing tricks on me but if I notice the off flavors again I will have to do what you said and just take the entire thing apart.  When it comes to disconnects is there any disassembling that you can do or do you just throw it in the PBW as is and use a brush inside?

I tend to go through my beer fairly slow, especially on the weekdays, so maybe I should start spraying inside the faucets when not in use also.  Probably not a bad idea to do that also whenever I pull the disconnect.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Questions.....I need help!
« on: August 07, 2010, 01:20:27 PM »
I blame problems one and two on the beer line. Is it official beer line or something else that claims to be NSF or whatever? I had braided line on one tap and the original bev-line on the other. The braided line would give me foam and the proper line would pour correctly. Same keg, same psi - I would just pop the lines over from one perlick to the other. Could the flavor be a leaching from the beer line you are using; if you pour 2 or 3 pints does the later ones taste fine? 

As it is now I would also think the line is too short even for a regular 12psi pour - but for 24psi, you need an even longer line.
Someone will be along with the chart shortly, I'd almost bet on it. 

I do know of the PSI/Temperature charts, and the easiest answer for the higher carbonated beers would be to have other lines to switch onto the faucets that are longer.  I will just have to deal with that down the road. 

The lines are all "beer lines" from Keg Works, so they shouldn't be the issue.  I could always try the other 2 faucets which I haven't even used yet and pour several pints to see if the problem worsens or improves.

Kegging and Bottling / Kegerator Questions.....I need help!
« on: August 07, 2010, 10:31:28 AM »
I have a few different questions regarding my newly built kegerator.  I will try to keep them short.

First and most important.  After getting all 4 new lines hooked up to the faucets I ran PBW and star san through the lines, thinking that I wouldn't have to worry about BLC until the lines had been used a while.  Soon after having kegs connected to the lines I started to notice contamination issues in the beer (cidery, flat, sour).  I was able to pin point this to an issue in my lines as the beer tasted great coming out of my cobra taps.  So I bought the line cleaning pump accessory and BLC and cleaned/rinsed all lines thoroughly.  Now about two weeks later I seem to be noticing the same issues, the beer quality is worse coming out of my kegerator lines compared to my cobra taps.  I use Perlick faucets and corny kegs.  As I have been carbonating my beers I have been disconnecting/reconnecting my beer lines to shake the kegs and continue to sample.   Could this reconnecting/disconnecting be whats leading to the infections?  I notice a little beer comes dribbles out each time I do this......yet my cobra taps do the same and I still haven't noticed the off flavors through them.  I'm guessing they just need to be cleaned/sanitized more thoroughly.  If there is anyone that has encountered these same issues, what process did you go through to properly clean the lines. 

Second question (should be shorter).  In choosing my line length and size I assumed most of my beers would be around 2.5 vol carbonation and my freezer would generally be around 40 degrees.  This led me to having my regulator generally at 12 psi.  So I did the math and got 4 - 4 foot 3/16" lines to hopefully have a properly balanced system.  Well this has not been the case.  I have been carbonating my IPA around 12 psi and yet my beers have been coming out as almost all foam.  Am I missing something here?

Third question.   So if my system needs to be at 12 psi to be balanced and I have carbonated a saison at 24 psi to get the right carbonation, and I move the psi back down to 12 to serve, does that mean it won't be long before my saison is soon undercarbonated? 

I really appreciate any help with these issues.



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