Upgrading Your Homebrew Kegerator

Every homebrewer, whether professionals or amateurs, always dreams of the day when they can kiss bottling goodbye. And that’s why they purchase the best kegerator or something like a perfect draught system to make their life is fulfilled with beer. Upgrading your homebrew kegerators telling you that you are the true beer lover who likes to control, to respect the quaility and to feel committed to your job. So when you pour your hard earned cash into a kegerator, foamy or flatted beer are no longer acceptable.  Moreover, when you spend hours on bad taste of beer like that, you will soon be tired of making homebrew beer and give up on your passion.  Cleaning, sanitizing, designing the perfect recipe. All that hard work for a nice cold glass beer? You need more that that.

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Draught dispense relies on 3 key variables and they all need to work together.  If one or more variables isn’t right you’ll find yourself sipping a sudsy snifter.  The concept behind this can be quite complicated.  There’s math involved.  Science.  Physics.  And Boring, too.  But this is homebrewing! Face the challenge and take it! You deserve reward later.  Here’s the quick and easy guide to finding that perfect balance.

Temperature – Beer can be served at different temperatures depending on style, equipment and tradition, but temperatures over 40°F are problematic. The warmer the beer the more foam you’ll have. The most stable temperature for draught beer is 38°F.  Take the temperature of your beer in the glass, though, not the fridge, because beer can warm up in the line as it travels to your glass.

Applied Pressure – Applying CO2 pressure to the keg keeps your beer carbonated and allows you to push beer from the keg to the faucet. Too much pressure and your beer flows too fast causing CO2 to break out of solution. Otherwise, too little pressure and your beer goes flat in the keg.  A simple internet search for “Carbonation Chart” will help you determine the correct applied pressure.  For most styles, at 38 degrees is the perfect choice.

Restriction – The length and inner diameter of your beer line also matters. Even when you choose the best kegerator, if you make mistake when picking beer line, it won’t fit your kegerator and be unable to work well. Beer needs to slow down before it gets to your faucet. The smaller the diameter, the more restriction you get. If temperature and pressure are right, a pint should take 7-8 seconds to pour with no excessive foam.  If it takes longer, try shortening your line by 6 inches at a time.

Kegging systems take on different shapes and sizes including kegerators but the fundamentals stay the same.  Balance these 3 variables and you will be on your journey to conquer the best taste of homebrew beer!

Source: Review Updater

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