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Yahzer! My draft beer is wild. What can I do KegMan?

Wile beer is a beer that is all or mostly foam when it is drawn.

Before all else, remember your beer system had to be set up oroperly for pressure and line balance. This trouble shooting page is for systmes that were set up and working properly and have gone astray.

Causes of wild beerRequired Correction
Improper holding of the glass.Glass must be held at a proper distance from the faucet - too close and there will be no head - too far and it will be all foam.
Poor pouring habits.Faucets should be opened fully and quickly. A faucet that is not opening quickly and fully will cause beer to foam.
Yeast build up in faucet.Clean faucet daily with a good faucet brush. Scour all internal parts at least once a week and clean with BLC. Keep faucet cold to prevent yeast growth.
Kinks, dents, twists in the beer line.Corect lay of the beer line as necessary.
Sag or trap in the beer line.Since line lengths must be maintained route the line so as it is always leading up from the keg connector to the faucet. Spirals are a good way of using up extra line inside the beer system.
Beer is too warm.The temperature at the faucet must be as cold as the keg. Beer line must be kept refrigerated. Insulation is not refrigeration. Keep lines away from hot spots like heater pipes, hot water pipes and steam pipes.
No cold storage space for beer.Keep all kegs of beer refrigerated at all times. Never allow the keg to get above 40°F.
Too much pressure.Pressure should be maintained such that the beer will fill a 10 ounce glass in 4 seconds. Check for proper regulator function.
Excess CO2.Adjust the CO2 pressure as low as possible to maintain the proper beer flow above. No more than 18 psi should be applied to the keg.
Not enough pressure.Check for defective air vents and restrictions caused by dents. kinks and contamination in the pressure line and valves. Always turn on the pressure before drawing the beer.
Old beer.Rotate stock and store beer at 40°F. all the time to prevent secondary fermentation.

Draft Problems are usually very simple and easily fixed when you understand the facts. The linkes on this page will allow you to both set up your draft system and trouble shoot a system that has gone bad.

Before you get into trouble shooting a system make sure of following things:

Is the system Balanced?
Is the beer keg internal temperature below 42°F.?
Is your regulator gauge pressure set at the proper Pressure for the keg temperature?
Remember that all these parameters have been worked out over several hundred years and each parameter is very important in serving a perfect draft.

Select the page below for th problem you are experiencing:

I have Cloudy Beer!
I have Flat Beer!
I have Foul Beer!
I have Sour Beer!
I have Wild (foaming) Beer!
I have Tail End Beer!

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