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Beer Gun
« on: May 09, 2018, 05:52:55 AM »
I have a beer gun.  I use two Co2 tanks set at around 5 psi, one for the keg and one for the gun.  I have the darndest time getting a bottle full without a foamy overflow resulting in either too little or too much beer (right up to cap) per bottle and a lot that goes down the sink. Why is this?
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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 10:43:11 AM »
Here is the process I use:
1 Get bottles as cold as the beer, even colder is OK.
2 Turn off gas to keg, bleed off head pressure in keg.
3 Turn CO2 tank regulator down to 2 psi.
4 Turn gas to keg back on.
5 Fill bottles.
The two things that I've found that make the most difference are:  getting the bottles cold, and using the lowest psi that will move the beer from the keg to the bottle.
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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 11:55:31 AM »
One more thing to add to the good advice above, get the beer gun and lines cold too. You can run cold beer through it, or to not waste beer I have put it in the freezer for a little while.
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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 01:25:42 PM »
I also find that getting the bottle cold and rinsing it right before filling helps a lot.

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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 01:53:43 PM »
5psi is pretty high, I go really low and take my time.  +1 on Maine's 2psi suggestion.

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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 04:32:36 PM »
That all makes sense.  Yes my bottles and lines are always room temp, and sometimes the psi is as high as 8.  I thought that it should be at serving levels.  Thanks.  Will try this the next time. 
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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2018, 05:38:48 PM »
I just bought the Blichman gun and I filled a bunch of growlers as suggested above I chilled everything down. Im finding that the carb levels are not holding up at the one month mark. Am i doing something wrong?
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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2018, 05:47:12 PM »
I just bought the Blichman gun and I filled a bunch of growlers as suggested above I chilled everything down. Im finding that the carb levels are not holding up at the one month mark. Am i doing something wrong?
The growler screw on caps may leak. I have never kept a full growler more than a day or two.

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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2018, 11:01:29 PM »
I just bought the Blichman gun and I filled a bunch of growlers as suggested above I chilled everything down. Im finding that the carb levels are not holding up at the one month mark. Am i doing something wrong?
The growler screw on caps may leak. I have never kept a full growler more than a day or two.

Yeah, growlers are not meant to store beer for long term. The seals just are not good enough.

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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2018, 12:02:23 AM »
Yeah, growlers are not meant to store beer for long term. The seals just are not good enough.

How about growlers that have the Grolsch style swing tops?

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Re: Beer Gun
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2018, 12:45:36 AM »
A little late on the reply, but you should make sure that whatever pressure you are serving at that the line you have attached it long enough to support that PSI.
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