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« on: March 24, 2016, 01:45:06 PM »
Randy Mosher writes in Mastering Homebrew: "Some tap heads have an adjustment that helps vary flow, and this helps with fine-tuning. But there’s no substitute for a well-balanced system. Another neat trick is to use one or two plastic epoxy mixer tubes, shoved in the liquid dip tube of the keg. These are basically dual spiral tracks that provide a lot of back pressure to give you a good amount of restriction in a compact form, perhaps 6 psi/0.41 bar per 6-inch/15-cm mixer. They are available cheap from industrial suppliers like McMaster-Carr (part number 74695A58)."

I have this kind of tap with an adjustment, and with my latest IPA I get too much foam. Has anyone tried 74695A58? Does it work? Anything else I could put in the dip tube (as I live in Europe) to reduce the foaming?
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Re: 74695A58
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2016, 02:16:33 PM »
I've never tried this, but I've read testimonials from people who have and it seems to work.

If you can't order from McMaster, you can problem find epoxy mixers on Amazon.  It's not a unique part to McMaster Carr.

http://www.amazon.com/Length-Adhesive-Applicator-Static-Mixing/dp/B00BM3GZYE/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1458828940&sr=8-15&keywords=epoxy+mixing+tubes

In this link, you want the yellow spiraly thing inside the nozzle.
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2016, 02:25:50 PM »
I use 74695A12, a little cheaper and a little longer.  I'm still experimenting with it but I think the ideal system for me is 1.75 static mixers in 0.3 m (metric my friend!) of 1/4" line for 15 psig (~202 kPA absolute).  I have not tried them in a dip tube as having them in a line is better IMO because you can see if they are picking up hop debris and easily remove the line for cleaning.


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Re: 74695A58
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2016, 02:28:16 PM »
But if the OP already has flow control isn't the beer over carbed? Will adding these stir sticks help in this case?

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Re: 74695A58
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2016, 02:34:37 PM »
But if the OP already has flow control isn't the beer over carbed? Will adding these stir sticks help in this case?

The beer is definitely not overcarbed.
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Re: 74695A58
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2016, 06:32:02 PM »
doesn't have to be in the diptube, fyi.  beer flows from the keg go from the keg, to a section of tubing with the spirals in it, which are then connected to other tubing attached the keg.
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Re: 74695A58
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2016, 11:37:37 PM »
I don't have a line. The faucet is directly connected to the keg.
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Re: 74695A58
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2016, 04:31:07 PM »
I use them. I don't put them in the dip tube because I would probably forget it's there.  I do put them in the draft line.  I also use them to make 10-inch picnic tap lines for serving outdoors.  You get less warm beer in your cup with the short serving line.
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