draft beer faqs

What are some common troubleshooting issues?

Almost all dispensing problems are the result of

  • Improper temperature
  • Improper pressure
  • Cleaning issues

Quick checklist

  • 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
  • Dirty glassware

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
  • Old beer
  • Dirty faucet, beer hose, and/or keg coupler
  • Dirty glassware

FALSE HEAD: Large soap-like bubbles, head dissolves very quickly

  • Dry glasses
  • Improper pour