I just read on a web site from long ago about something the author termed balancing. the idea was that the pressure required to force carbonate was higher than that desired to dispense between different kegs. this was very interesting to me as I am getting ready to add up to four kegs of (possibly) different beers inside my beer fridge, under one Co2 source. since the kegs will be added at approximately two week intervals, some will be in the force carbonation stage while the ones with the most tenure will have been on tap for a month or more. my Co2 tank is outside the fridge and I don't want to get a secondary regulator or drill another hole to run a second air line into the fridge so I can have two different pressures - one for serving and another for force carbonating.
So.... here is the jist, by using a longer length of beer line for the tap (20 feet of 1/4"), the pressure is reduced - or something like that - and the beer dispenses without the foam from being under too much psi. huh???
why didnt i think of that, or at least read it on one of the many manufacturers web sites? ps. some of them have lots of info on kegging but not so much on enabling you to get by without buying more stuff. duh, again.
oh well, i am going to try it as soon as my distribution manifold arrives and the next batch is ready to keg. of course, this assumes brewing outpaces consumption, up to now, this has been a problem.
is there a good source of info on the reduction in pressure - relating to dispensing beer - as the length of the tubing increases?
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