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Overchilling: Excessive low teperatures may cause cloudy beer.
Maintain your refrigerator temperatures at 36° to 40°F for the best results.
Partial Opening of Beer Faucet
Always open faucet quickly and completely.
Unrefrigerated Foods Placed on Keg
If unchilled products like meats, vegetables, fish or fruits are placed on a keg of cold beer, the beer becomes warm long before these products cool down. This change in temperature can cause cloudy beer.
Foamy head disappears quickly. Beer lacks usual zestful brewery-fresh flavor.
Do not wash beer glasses with other glasses that have contained milk or other fatty substances. Lipstick is a fatty substance, so be sure it is removed from glassware. Eating greasy foods while you’re drinking beer can cause your beer to go flat too. Wash glasses thoroughly with a good detergent; do not use soap. Do not dry-wipe glasses. Allow glasses to air dry. Rinse in fresh cold water just before serving beer. It is best to serve beer in a wet glass. Beer glasses should be used for beer, exclusively.
Open the faucet quickly and completely. Proper foam should be a tight creamy head, and on the average glass the head should be ½” to 1” high. Beer drawn without a head has the appearance of being flat.
Not Enough Pressure
Check CO2 tank; if empty, get refilled. Increase the pressure if beer runs too slowly. Correct flow will fill a 10 oz glass in 4 seconds (approximately 8 oz of liquid). Check that there are no obstructions in the air line. Check air line, CO2 regulator and gauge. Regulators will wear down and typically need to be replaced after 4-6 years. Make sure CO2 pressure is ON; do not run the system off the keg pressure alone. Make sure temperature of refrigerator is not above 40°F.
Clean the entire system thoroughly, immediately after each keg is emptied. The faucet should be removed, disassembled and cleaned with hot water and a brush weekly. Inexpensive cleaning compounds, equipment and kits are available. Click here for cleaning kits.
Contaminated Air Line
Examine air line and replace if necessary. Dirty air lines should be washed with a good cleaning compound normally used for cleaning beer lines, then rinsed clean.
The beer in the keg may be old and past its prime. Buy a fresh keg.
Foamy or "Wild" Beer
Excessive amount of foam and not enough liquid beer.
Your keg must always be kept between 38ºF and 40° F.
Lower the amount of CO2 by adjusting your regulator. In a normal keg fridge set up, you should keep your regulator set between 10 and 12 PSI. If a keg is over pressurized, pull the relief valve on your keg coupler for about 3 seconds, then wait about 15 minutes and turn your CO2 tank back on.
Old Beer Lines
Replace old beer lines, especially if you’ve recently purchased or inherited a previously used system. Click here for replacement lines.
Open the faucet quickly and completely. Proper foam should be a tight creamy head, and on the average glass the head should be ½" to 1"high. Keep the glass at an appropriate distance from the faucet throughout the pour.
Obstruction in Faucet
The faucet should be removed, disassembled and cleaned with hot water and a brush every few weeks.