Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Foamy Beer? No Fear!

Stay tuned for results.



When I dropped my new set of beers into the kegerator recently (Pilsner, Irish Red, Nut Brown, and Root Beer), I've been having some serious foaming issues. Head's great and all, but not when it's over 2/3 of your pint. I did some scouring on the homebrewtalk.com forums (of which I am now a proud member of, check me out username:Splobucket), and found an interesting thread for the "cure for your short hose troubles" (Link Here).



Apparently there are some serious epoxy guns out there that you can order special tips for. Known as "mixer nozzles". You can get them at McMaster-Carr (the part number used here is 74695A58). Well in these mixer nozzles are these fancy (and easy to remove) plastic mixing sticks. And according to the thread, will restrict the flow in your beer lines so you don't have to worry about running 15' of tube inside of your kegerator. Lets find out.



Not realizing at first in the thread, but the mixing sticks come in a plastic tube. They pop out of the tube very easily with a Phillips screwdriver. And here's what you get (shown on my hand for size reference):







Install is quite idiot-proof and straightforward (which was probably redundant to say). Relieve the pressure from your keg, take off the disconnect from the liquid side, and slide your stick right in. It should drop right in:







I am waiting to post results until I let my kegs settle for a few days after all the commotion. I'm excited for the results! And thanks to "pjj2ba" over at homebrewtalk.com for the great tip!

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