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#1 jayb151

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 01:16 PM

Hey all,
I've been having a hell of a time with my most recent keg of helles. I've run many beers through my kegerator without much of an issue, but this one is foaming like crazy. Haven't had this issue before.

It actually seems like the foam is coming directly from the keg. I tried to fill a gallon pitcher I have and it was all foam with just about half an inch of beer. Anyone experience this before? I'm really scratching my head over here.
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#2 Genesee Ted

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 04:03 PM

Could be beer stone or some hops debris in the faucet

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 04:06 PM

is it possibly overcarbed?  did you mess with the thermostat on the keggerator?


Edited by Zsasz, 31 May 2019 - 04:06 PM.

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#4 djinkc

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 04:22 PM

Sometimes a little bit of crap gets stuck in the out QD, or in the faucet


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 05:28 AM

I don't believe it's over carbed, and I even checked if my second tap worked better so I don't think it's hop debris...

This beer stone... Maybe? I did just clean out the kegs with homemade one though.

Maybe debris in the post? It was pouring fine a few weeks ago but then I hadn't touched it since the wife and I are not drinking during the week.

I'm not sure there's anything wrong with the faucet either since I can see bubbles leaving the keg at the post and traveling the entire length of the tubing.

Thanks for the ideas guys
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Posted 01 June 2019 - 05:39 AM

I don't believe it's over carbed, and I even checked if my second tap worked better so I don't think it's hop debris...

This beer stone... Maybe? I did just clean out the kegs with homemade one though.

Maybe debris in the post? It was pouring fine a few weeks ago but then I hadn't touched it since the wife and I are not drinking during the week.

I'm not sure there's anything wrong with the faucet either since I can see bubbles leaving the keg at the post and traveling the entire length of the tubing.

Thanks for the ideas guys

I would check that next - might as well pull the diptube too.  I've had crud get caught at the end and bottom of the keg


Edited by djinkc, 01 June 2019 - 05:41 AM.

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#7 ER Pemberton

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 06:41 AM

JB:  Are you spunding or force-carbing?  I had some terribly foamy spunded beers because I spunded them too soon.  They simmered down once the keg was less than half-full but whew... serious glasses of foam.  



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 08:00 PM

Ugh, ken. I hope not. I fermented in a keg and ended up sealing the keg at the very end of fermentation. It only built about 3 psi of pressure so I had to add pressure.

 

I'm really scratching my head here. I guess I'm going to have to tear it all apart to ensure there's no sputz in there  ;)


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 07:49 AM

Ugh, ken. I hope not. I fermented in a keg and ended up sealing the keg at the very end of fermentation. It only built about 3 psi of pressure so I had to add pressure.

 

I'm really scratching my head here. I guess I'm going to have to tear it all apart to ensure there's no sputz in there  ;)

I've had some spunded beers that were too lively and some others that were low on carb.  It's nobody's fault but mine and I'm looking for the right balance.  I put a beer on tap yesterday that had carbed nicely in the keg and my spunding valve seemed to be working nicely but when I tasted the beer it seemed undercarbed.  Keep us posted if you find something interesting.

 

Btw... my wife and I were in your hood last weekend.  We were cycling on the Illinois Prairie Path and stopped in and had a few beers at the Bulldog Cellar on the river at Wilson Street.  They had a nice outdoor area set up with tables and umbrellas, etc.  Cool little place with a nice & friendly beertender named Maria.   



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 09:46 AM

I F'ed up once and put the tubes on the wrong ports and I had super foam because the pressure was forcing the beer out of the "in" port.  I'm a dumbass.  Might be worth a check.


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#11 ER Pemberton

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 10:12 AM

I F'ed up once and put the tubes on the wrong ports and I had super foam because the pressure was forcing the beer out of the "in" port.  I'm a dumbass.  Might be worth a check.

OMG, you mustn't talk that way about yourself! :lol:

I always think I might do that but one of those QDs doesn't really want to go onto the wrong post without some pressure.



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 10:28 AM

OMG, you mustn't talk that way about yourself! :lol:

I always think I might do that but one of those QDs doesn't really want to go onto the wrong post without some pressure.

 

It was foam city though.  I don't remember if I had to apply pressure to engage the QD, I usually let the hammer work that out................


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#13 jayb151

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 10:35 AM

Thanks for the tips guys. I'll have to tear the keg apart and give it a good looking at. 

 

And Ken, I've never actually stopped at the bulldog cellar. It's...kind of the seedy bar in town. The kind of place that advertises video gaming and usually has a young, single type feel. 

 

My favorite place is the River's Edge. It's a dank old-man bar that actually serves good beer and has decent food. But yea, those places are both walking distance from me. Next time I'll just have to invite you over and you can fix my foamy beer for me! :D


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#14 ER Pemberton

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 10:41 AM

Next time I'll just have to invite you over and you can fix drink my foamy beer for me! :D



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 11:09 AM

highly unlikely problem, but what about gauge failure? I once had a CO2 gauge go bad, giving inaccurate readings. what i thought was 12 PSI, after swapping out a new one, it was at 25 PSI. food for thought.  


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 12:58 PM

That's a thought...though I don't think it's very likely. I don't leave my gas on either, so it's not likely to bleed. 

 

Even after I off gased my keg, it's still got the exact same problem even if it's pushing foam out at a much slower speed lol.

 

thanks for the thought though. I might just hook up a temporary gauge to make sure mine is at lease accurate.


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