Kegerator Forum

Posted:  13 Sep 2009 04:31
I have the Edgestar Kegerator, I've had it for almost six months. In that time I've been buying 1/6 kegs and have had trouble with too much foam and a flat tasting beer. I've read all kinds of forums and they all basically say the recommended PSI is 10 - 12.. mine is at 8 (which all my friends recommend) but i still have the same problem. Now i have a full sized keg of Anchor Steam with the European style connection. I have the correct adapter, tapped it, and now all I'm getting is foam which settles to flat tasting beer..this kegorator thing is starting to make me think i should just stick with bottled beer. Can anyone tell me what the heck i'm doing wrong !! 
Posted:  14 Sep 2009 19:58
Deep Breath.... and exhale.... No doubt kegerators can be frustrating sometimes, but dont let it get the better of you.

Walk through each component of the beer and air line dispense system. Maybe this walk through will help: ...

If it were my kegerator I would replace the beer/air lines with higher quality lines and make sure they are the proper length as this can cause lots of foam issues.

It sounds like your pressure should be right on between 8 and 12. If you take it all the way down to 2 what happens?

Also make sure that you are turning the coupler all the way before locking it down.

Finally make sure your coupler ball valve is not sticking.
Posted:  14 Sep 2009 22:39
how do i know what the proper length is? And what do i upgrade the lines to? The European coupler is all the way locked in, and since it is European there is no ball valve. I've turned down the pressure to like 3 ! it helps but still a lot more head than beer.. by the time i figure this out i will have wasted this whole keg..
Posted:  15 Sep 2009 16:24
Here's what I would try:

Set to 6 psi at 36 degrees (place a glass of water in the keg and take the temp reading from this with a thermometer, it will be more accurate this way) and bleed the co2 from the keg using the air escape valve. Wait 24 hours and then pour a test beer.
Posted:  18 Sep 2009 02:24
Hey bak, what model type of Edgestar keg did you buy?
If it is the KC2000, I might be able to help you out.  I have the same kegerator and I have had problems with foam.

If you do have the Edgestar KC2000, or are thinking about buying it, I have some tips for you.

1.  The temperature in the kegerator can go well into the 30's in a quick amount of time, however, that is with no keg in the kegerator.  If you put a half barrel size keg in the (15.5 gallon) in my kegerator, (not sure about anyone elses, but I would assume anyone with that kegerator model would have the same issues) the temperature will not go any lower than 44 degrees.  44 degrees is rather high for a kegerator temperature, especially if you have a richer style beer.  You would really want that temperature around 40 degrees.

2.  How to fix this.  Typically, if the problem is foam, and if the problem is due to the kegerator being too warm inside, pour a single glass of beer and fill it up.  You should get a lot of foam, right?  Pour a second beer in another glass immidiately after, if you hav any luck that second glass should have relatively no foam.  An acceptable pour would be a glass of beer which has atleast 85% beer in it immidiately after you turn the tap off.

3.  The best thing to do is check all your connections, make sure nothing is leaking, and make sure everything is hooked up properly.

Hopefully this helps you, if not then keep posting.
Here is another helpful forum site which I use a lot:

Good luck man, post back here and let me know how it goes.
Posted:  16 Feb 2010 23:21
I am a fairly new kegerator owner and had the same problem, this is what I did and except for the first
(which are still only 1/4 foam instead of all foam)
5 to 10 beers itseems to be fixed.  My pressure is at about 10 but I start a new keg at about 2.  The keg has initial pressure in it which is usually well over 15 to 20 lbs so I pull the bleed valve on the keg for the first few and then serve it at 2 to 5 lbs until it is nice and settled (about 24 hour) then I turn it back up to 8 or 10. Also I switched the beer line from 8 feet to about 18 feet of 1/4 in tube.coil it neatly and make sure any air in the tube can make its way to the tap so the initial flow is just air.
It took some searching to find out the cause of foam but here it is.  Beer foams due to the quick decrease of preasure from the keg to the faucet. So the smaller and longer the tube is the slower it will decrease in pressure allowing the co2 to stay in the beer and not expand quickly out of it causing foam. Cold glasses also help.  I even keep my plastic cups in the fridge.
Posted:  13 Oct 2010 20:15
I have found that the easiest way to eliminate excess foam is with pour technique.  Here is what I do, whenn you pull the tap let the beer run into the drip tray for 1-2 seconds then move the glass into the flow, holding at 45 deg angle until almost full then upright.  I get a perfect 3/4-1 inch head on every pour.  If I forget to do this I got a big glass of foam everytime.  Another thing I noticed was trying to use frosted mugs yeilds all foam as well, regardless of pour technique.
Posted:  12 Jul 2014 01:05
never read such bad info in all my time.....dang Dubbs has it all wrong....