Foamy beer from the kegerators is almost always an issue related to either CO2 pressure, kegerator temperature or bartender technique:
CO2 PRESSURE ISSUES #
DO NOT TURN THE BLACK KNOB UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND AND KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING!
First, let’s look at the gauges and talk about what they’re trying to tell you:
The dial on the left (with the values that go from 0 up to 2000 psi) shows you CO2 Tank Pressure. The dial on the right (with the values that go from 0 up to 60 psi) shows you the Regulated Pressure being provided to the keg.
If the CO2 Tank Pressure gauge is at or close to zero, then the CO2 tank is empty and must be changed out (remember to chain the tank to the wall, per Dallas Fire Department regulations!).
If the CO2 Tank Pressure gauge is sitting well above zero (it can still be in the red zone, it just needs to be above zero), then the Regulated Pressure gauge should be between 12-14 psi.
- If the gauge reading is above 14 psi, then slowly turn the black knob counter-clockwise until the needle is between 12-14 psi.
- If the gauge reading is below 12 psi, then slowly turn the black knob clockwise until the needle is between 12-14 psi.
IF YOU’RE TURNING THE KNOB MORE THAN ONE QUARTER OF A TURN IN EITHER DIRECTION – STOP! – YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG. You should never have to adjust this knob more than just a little bit at a time.
KEGERATOR TEMPERATURE ISSUES #
The ideal temperature for draft beer is between 32-34 degrees Fahrenheit. Any temperature outside of this range (particularly warmer) could result in draft beer coming out foamy from the tap. Adjustments to the thermostat knob should be made a little at a time. Adjust… come back in an hour and see where the temperature is. If you need to repeat, then make small adjustments.
BARTENDER POUR TECHNIQUE #
Pouring draft beer from a tap into a glass is a skill that takes a little time to learn. These tips may help you pour in a way to minimize foaming up while pouring:
- Hold the glass at a 45 degree angle to the tap.
- Don’t touch the metal tip to the glass – hold the glass just slightly away from the tap’s tip.
- When the glass is mostly full, slowly rotate the glass to an upright position.