Kegerator Problem

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I just got a new kegerator and hooked it up.  The problem is whenever I pour
a glass I get about a half glass of foam before it starts pouring correctly.
After that half glass I can pour as many glasses as I want and it comes out
perfect.  If I then let it sit for 5 mins or so and pour another glass I get
another half glass of foam again.  Anyone have any ideas what this could be?


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I've got a Sanyo and I had the same problems.

First with mine I will always have a little bit of foaming but let's get to
the heart of the issue

One let the keg sit about 24 hours before tapping
2 make certain that the hose leading to the tap is as straight as possible
(no severe bends)
3 Over pressurization, depending on your temperature you may need to adjust,
as little as 1 or 2 PSI makes a world of difference
4 and the simplest make certain that the tap is completely open (actually
jerk the handle open)


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Re: Kegerator Problem
You were right it was that the pressure that was to low so I raised it
to14psi and it starting pouring correctly.  Although this fixed the symptom
I think the problem may be that the beer is not cold enough. I put a
thermometer on top of the keg and it reads 48o.  I have the thermostat all
the way up and it doesn't get any colder.

Do you think I will have problems storing the beer at 48o?

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You should have just a little more pressure than your lines will
absorb - about 1 psi.  How much that would be depends on the
temperature (the beer needs different pressures at different
temperatures to be "properly" carbonated), the total length of line,
the diameter of the line, the vertical distance between the vertical
center of the keg and the tap and whether you're using beer line or
some other kind of plastic hose (don't - always use beer line).

See to
determine what amount of carbonation you want, and how much pressure
you need at various temps to get it.  Scroll down a little past the
first table to see how to calculate the line length to handle that
amount of pressure.

You're running about 2.3 volumes, which is just about where you want
it for a lot of beer styles.  Check the site anyway - your beer may be
such that you want to trim the 14 psi just a bit higher or lower
(meaning that you'll have to adjust your line length).  Also, the site
will get you set up when you get the temperature down where you want
it, because the pressure you want will go down for the same volume

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Depends on how fast you drink it, and how you like it.  I don't like
the headaches I can get from drinking a REALLY cold beer (some people
keep beer around freezing), but I'm not British so I like my beer
colder than my blood.  If you plan on keeping a keg around for a few
months, 48 degrees might be a bit too high, but if you're like most of
us your beer won't spoil even if you don't refrigerate it, because it
won't last that long.

Re: Kegerator Problem
is the hose set up properly?
is the hose properly insulated?

the original spurt is typical even in a bar. But they run long hoses.

if you are using home brew, then ask the guys here how to reduce
i am learning a lot reading their ideas.

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