What are some common troubleshooting issues?
Almost all dispensing problems are the result of:
Is the keg stored between 36-38° F, and is the same temperature maintained all the way to the point of dispense?
Is the CO2 pressure between 12-14 Lbs?
Have the Faucet, beer line, and keg coupler have been cleaned (with chemicals specifically manufactured for beer hose cleaning) on a regular basis?
WILD BEER: Beer, when drawn, is all foam, or too much foam and not enough liquid beer.
Beer temperature is too warm.
CO2 pressure is set too high.
Faucet in bad, dirty, or worn condition.
Kinks, twists or other obstructions in the beer hose.
Beer drawn improperly.
FLAT BEER: Foamy head disappears quickly; beer lacks brewery fresh flavor.
Beer temperature is too cold.
CO2 pressure is set too low.
CLOUDY BEER: Beer in glass appears hazy, not clear.
Frozen or nearly frozen beer.
Beer that has been un-refrigerated for long periods of time.
Dirty faucet, beer hose, and/or keg coupler.
FALSE HEAD: Large soap-like bubbles, head dissolves very quickly.